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06-11-2005
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Can anyone give me the lowdown on what the use of polyurethane in jeans does? I see that more and more in place of lycra, so I'm wondering if it serves a dual use - one, giving a shiny patina to the fabric (always or sometimes?) and two, providing a little stretchiness?

The fundamental thing I'm wondering is if that's the case, are 'stretch' jeans with poly instead of lycra etc. going to be any better at avoiding bagging.

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07-01-2006
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hello and welcome to tFS pavanimiller,
1- you always receive finished product from fabric manufacturers
2- you need a pattern cutter to provide you with patterns and construction details which you forward to the sample makers
3- good luck with finding a 'mentor'

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Dying fabrics?
I spent a lot of time looking for my favorite fabrics. However, the color of fabrics are sometimes very limited. Some suppliers only have this or that color, and it is not flexible at all. I wonder why many designers can have their own colored fabrics. Did they dye them on their own or hire a 3 party service?
By the way, anyone know the dying process and its costs? I am sure many of us are curious about it too.

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17-01-2006
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i have used small dying houses myself

best choice are those small ateliers that work mainly for theater/opera productions, they are used to work with small quantities and are very artistic in getting the perfect shade..
only thing is you cannot really trust how your fabric will react and you dont always be sure that next 'dye' will fit exactly the preview one on tone detail..
but it's sure worth it, loved dying my own shades

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Rosie can you recommend a textile / fabric school in London?

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hi do you know where i might find an online store for purchasing fabrics?
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Ralph Lauren always have the loveliest materials, I just love his choice of fabrics and prints same with Michael Kors, I love Ralph Lauren and Michael Kors. Tommy Hilfiger and Nautica have such cheap crap, I dont even bother with them cause they're styles are crap too.

Express is so overpriced, it was like $300 for a boring leather handbag with a super cheap grain, not to mention those sweaters that were talked about. J.Crew has good fabric sense as well, but they're styles are rather boring (for men at least), but they have knockoff Hermes & LV bags that are very well executed.

Guess has good fabric sense, though they do get tacky on occasion. Bebe and Arden B. have incredible taste in fabrics, always top notch. H&M has low quality, though for some reason the cheap materials actually add to the clothes. Banana Republic is still struggling, they're so expensive but some of thier pieces are obviously too cheap for the price.

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^You might want to try the "Shop til you drop section" or Google?

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Student who needs help with fabrics....Help!
Does anybody know where or how I would go about sourcing fabrics for a collection. I am from London. I've tried the internet but I get stuck in a rut.

Please help, I am especially interested in metallics, like the ones used in Victor and Rolfs latest collections.

Any information on directories, suppliers... ect, would be appreciated.

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fabric shops?

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Fabric shops, don't supply large quantities if the garments need to be put into production.

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Depends on where your factories are? If your factories are in China usually you'd have to do some shopping there to see.. You can try googling fabric wholesalers maybe?

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Quote:
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i have used small dying houses myself

best choice are those small ateliers that work mainly for theater/opera productions, they are used to work with small quantities and are very artistic in getting the perfect shade..
only thing is you cannot really trust how your fabric will react and you dont always be sure that next 'dye' will fit exactly the preview one on tone detail..
but it's sure worth it, loved dying my own shades

i tried dying silk.. made a complete mess and wasted 20 yards of fabric. :p
the colors just kept spreading making little lines between the threads. had fun though. i just wanted to know something though, i am a self taught designer and i work on designing stuff and have my own shop but since i cant design my own fabric i always avoid buying something with prints and embroidery because i simply can't call that my design since i didnt design the print.. can i? i try to buy plain colors and then add beads and design them my own way. this is my question.. is a designer entitled to sell a peice of clothing to the public although he got the fabric from his local shop with ready prints and cannot garantee that you will never see the same print on someone else who bought the same fabric?

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go through the yellow pages, or the UK fabric manufacturers association

there are still quite a lot if fabric houses in England, even if their bulk is made in China..

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i have a question....if i was going to do a collection, and just do probably a prototype and a few samples of each garment. is it best it find the materials online (from a wholesaler?) or go to a fabric store. im not interested in doing mass production, but small limited edition runs for boutiques possibly...how does that usually go?

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try small fabric store and get straight away all the material you will probably need..

you can also go to a fabric manufacturer and just ask for a small quanity around 30-50 meters, it will be cheaper than getting it from a fabric store

i dont enjoy buying fabrics online because i wouldnt get a real 'feeling', 'weight' and 'touch' of the fabric

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