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From: bertud
Date: 06-15-2005, 09:23 AM (1 of 7)
im planning to sew some shorts for my beach outing. the problem is i dont know the garments material name. can you please tell me the garments name used for watersports apparell like used in speedo, billabong or at least similar material. im not sure if polyester or nylon will make the sales lady understand. thanks.
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From: MaryW
Date: 06-15-2005, 12:15 PM (2 of 7)
I guess what you are looking for is four way stretch fabric. It can be spandex, lycra or nylon.
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From: blessedmommyuv3
Date: 06-15-2005, 01:21 PM (3 of 7)
Good question!
My dh has asked me to make him some swim trunks---anyone know what kind of water repellant type material men's swim trunks are made of?

TIA! :bluesmile
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From: AndreaSews
Date: 06-15-2005, 09:43 PM (4 of 7)
Men's swim trunks (not the tiny speedos, which are spandex bathing suit material), which either repel water or else dry really quickly, are made of polyester microfiber. Ask for brushed or sueded poly microfiber. I love the stuff. My favorite pair of pants is made with it. They're using it in a lot of surfer clothes, hats, skirts, jacket shells, and some hiking apparel too now. My local fashion fabric store, which has more selection than I've ever seen anywhere, doesn't have any of it in their outerwear section. :(
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From: paroper
Date: 06-15-2005, 10:05 PM (5 of 7)
that is a great way to get to know him better.

There is a shop in our town that specializes in pagent/material for gymnists. They sell a very high grade of fabric that would work well. You probably could find a similar shop in many large cities.

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From: blackie
Date: 06-18-2005, 01:18 AM (6 of 7)
that is a great way to get to know him better.

Hee hee!

I am currently sewing my husband a pair of boxer shorts for Father's Day - but a Speedo *would* be more fun!
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From: blessedmommyuv3
Date: 06-18-2005, 02:57 PM (7 of 7)
Thanks, Andrea, for the names of the swim trunk material.
(no speedos for him-lol)
I'll look online for it.

Jen :bluesmile
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