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From: patti2
Date: 12-27-2006, 03:24 PM (1 of 11)
A friend of mine bought a "magic" shirt at a craft fair. It looked to be very crinkly, maybe a blend. It was the size of a toddler shirt, but I swear it fit me and I am a plus size. Anyone have any ideas on what it is. Everyone wants skirts and shirts out of it and I am desperate!!!:mad:
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From: Lillybooh
Date: 12-27-2006, 05:02 PM (2 of 11)
I don't know what it is but I know what you are talking about. I dressed my 4 pound dog in my 7 year old niece's shirt. I like to find out what it is as well.
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From: GreenDragonLady
Date: 12-27-2006, 07:48 PM (3 of 11)
I don't know what the material is, but I think the magic is that it's sewn with elastic thread. My DD has one. It looks like it fits a teddy bear!
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From: PaulineG
Date: 12-28-2006, 06:05 AM (4 of 11)
My daughter has a couple of them and they appear to be made out of two different types of fabric. One is similar to a polyester satin lining fabric and the other is like a stiff organza in texture (if they were lying flat). I have no idea what they are but I will say that they are not pleasant to wear next to your skin. My stepmother bought them for her a couple of years ago now but she has only worn them two or three times and always takes them off saying that they are "scratchy". They seem like they might be very sweaty as well. I have never seen either fabric at a fabric store.

They were briefly fashionable in this area but I don't think the fabric washes very well either (I've only had to do hers one or twice each - and they seem like they won't last long) or else others also dislike wearing them. I'm not sure which.

Good luck with it if you find it. Sorry I couldn't help ID it but I thought I'd throw in my two cents anyway.
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From: paroper
Date: 12-28-2006, 09:21 AM (5 of 11)
It almost sounds like it might not as much be a fabric as some sort of fabric process that is done to the fabric after the garment is made?

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From: ebaybaby
Date: 12-28-2006, 06:41 PM (6 of 11)
I have one of these shirts! (somewhere in the attic with the summer clothing, really dont need anything that thin in this weather!!) I think its polyester, but like paroper says I think its somthing that is done to fabric afterwards. Mine looks like you know when you tye-dye somthing? Not the pattern but as though its been crushed somehow but stayed like that? Am I making any sense???
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From: LeapFrog Libby
Date: 12-28-2006, 07:12 PM (7 of 11)
Is it similar to Crinkle Cloth (bottom weight for pants) ?? I have some like that in cream and some in white that I bought on sale.. It is like a batiste weight crinkle fabric.. It is very soft , though, not scratchy.. I bought it for summer blouses. (not yet made)
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From: mommydionne
Date: 01-02-2007, 08:10 PM (8 of 11)
I have something similar to that, not as tight a stretch though, I bought my fabric at (I don't think they have any left :nervous: ) mine is a lightweight polyester with what looks like an elastic thread woven through it to create the crinkle. I made a Jalie Tshirt out of it and it looks like it would fit my 8 yr old daughter but is fine on me. I did a fine rolled edge on the serger for the hem and finished the neck edge with a rolled spandex trim (they also sell that at wazoodle).
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From: lendube
Date: 01-02-2007, 09:44 PM (9 of 11)
Saw one in a shop the other day and made a point of checking the fabric content since I remembered this post. It simply said, "Polyester". That's all.

I think the secret is elastic thread too.

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From: Kaitlinnegan
Date: 01-03-2007, 06:12 PM (10 of 11)
I remember reading somewhere that it is actually pulled through mesh and heat treated to permanently set the "bubbles." I don't know if this is done before or after the garment is made. You could probably accomplish something similar with elastic thread, though. - the new home for Sew What's New
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From: Pudge99
Date: 01-04-2007, 01:03 PM (11 of 11)
Popcorn Shirt ( If this is what you are talking about then it is a heat process. I bought them for my girls this Christmas. They are a bit itchy. The fabric just seams to be a basic shiny polyester.
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