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From: Dustbunny01
Date: 03-02-2006, 05:58 PM (1 of 5)
Finding Fabrics online is not as easy..

I bought men's shirt patterns yesterday, and will be here sometime next week.
but I still don't have fabric for it..
I did buy 3 yards of broadcloth 65%/35% cotton/poly at Wal-Mart this weekend, but I just don't see that being heavy enough. So I will use that as my "test fabric".

Someone said that Scrub fabrics would work.. a blend of 50% cotton and 50% poly, and it sure would.
The only place online that I have found it is at the down side, is they are very limited on solid colors ( 3 or 2 colors for men) without going with the scrub green's.

So would anyone know of good prices, and fabric that is strong enough for Uniforms that I can buy online?
We do not want light weight jeans fabrics or anything that heavy.

He has some shirts that are now going on 7 years old, they have held up wonderful.. they are a heavy fabric of 65% cotton 35% poly and feels better then the fabric I bought at Wal-Mart.

When I do a Google Search for scrub fabrics or Uniforms fabrics, and even
Polyester/Cotton Blend Fabric
I come up with places to buy "scrub uniforms" or places that are wholesale uniform fabrics that do not sell to the public.
and the other fabric shops, will I just don't know if I am looking in the right places.
User: Dustbunny01
Member since: 11-11-2005
Total posts: 159
From: Mom of Six
Date: 03-02-2006, 07:31 PM (2 of 5)
About 23 years ago I bought some light weight upholstery fabric on sale for .99yd. I made my husband a work shirt out of it & he is still wearing it but he liked it so much he didn't wear it to work. My kids think it is funny if he wears it now it has a pointed collar & really looks 70ish. But he still likes it & it has never even lost a button( those were recycled from my dad's work shirts).
Happiness is having time to sew!!
User: Mom of Six
Member since: 11-03-2001
Total posts: 1115
From: Pudge99
Date: 03-02-2006, 08:38 PM (3 of 5) ( is the only online place I buy fabric. Read your pattern back for suggested fabrics. You might try a broadcloth or lightweight twill for a work shirt.
Pictures of my successes and failures
Pfaff 2040
Janome Mylock 134D
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User: Pudge99
Member since: 10-30-2001
Total posts: 1375
From: sewingrandma
Date: 03-04-2006, 06:42 PM (4 of 5)
Christina, I've been going thru what you have been. Trying to find suitable fabric for men's shirts. I still really haven't found anything that DH really likes. He doesn't want solids and his shirts are for an office setting and he doesn't want the heavier weight fabric. Bottom weights come in lots of different wts and can be used for shirts. I use to make scrub tops out of the bottom wts. I know Joann's carries it and does put it on sale frequently. Generally it ran just under $5/yd. I think it was the Oakland brand that I liked the best. Washed and dried like a dream and didn't need any ironing. HTH.
User: sewingrandma
Member since: 03-06-2003
Total posts: 432
From: Chrysantha
Date: 03-04-2006, 09:20 PM (5 of 5)

you will find over a hundred online fabric stores. I used to put the lists online, but my fingers don't like to do all that typing anymore.
User: Chrysantha
Member since: 09-06-2002
Total posts: 2414
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