Supplies/ Sources for Designers: Fabrics, Textiles, Trimings, Notions, Findings, Etc.
I'm thinking of making some t-shirts so I was wondering where are the best sources for raw cotton jersey? I love the fabric James Perse uses. I also dig cotton/poly mix for that vintage vibe, though is it harder to dye because of the synthetic fibers? Also what are the best dyes in peoples opinions? I am leaning towards getting cyan, magenta, yellow and black so I can just mix my own colors. Last question why is there no forum dedicated to DIY fashion? I think there should be one set up so those that do make their own clothes can trade ideas, tips, whatever.
depends where you are based and what quantities are you interested in buying tism..
best thing to do -for small quanitites- is to buy ready made t-shirts and dye them
avoid mixes with poly since they will cause trouble in dying, cotton/viscose mixes will be a better idea id you want to dye them yourself.
thank you for the suggestion regading a how-to fashion industry area here at tFS, we are constantly under developement and make sure, this too will come
in the midtime, welcome to tFS and feel free to post any industry how-to related topics, we'll be glad to assist
I have some ideas for my own cuts, which is the reason I've decided to do this, so I want to stay away from pre-made t-shirts. I'm located in PA and I'd only want to start off with a small quantity of fabric, like enough to do 5 shirts or so at first. I have a catalog for one place that has different styles of cotton, but just curious in what's out there especially if I can get ahold of the same/similar style to Perse's. Also interested in different ribbing for the collar and definately tips from those who know more.
trims and collars may be hard to get for such a small quantity, but usually it's the people that provide you with fabric that you buy those accessories from.
the quantity you need is very very small for a cotton jersey order, it may be cheaper to buy 50meters of white and then stock it for further use. to give you an estimate, production quantities for this type of fabrics is never less than 500meters.
another solution could be to visit some manufacturers and buy from their stock if they have any.. be prepared for less than perfect qualities or canceled orders in their stock meters.
sorry but i cant suggest any reliable manufacturers in the US since i'm based in EU,
good luck and keep us updated
I think it would be great for tfs to have a dedicated forum such as the one for creative team, focused on things like Tism is asking about...but also the other issues like construction, sourcing, design, equipment, textiles etc. I know we've got some talented, resourceful, and accomplished people on tfs ...so we should benefit from each other. Ive gotten some good referrals here to patternmaking, tailoring, design books on tfs. So how about we develop that with a forum, rather than just a thread here and there .
Thanks for the tip there Lena hadn't even thought of that. As to the ribbing I'm interested in finding sources for more retro styles like the multi color stripe steez on jogging jackets. Now is the ribbing usually the same material on typical t-shirts? On most of my tees the ribbing appears to be more grainy as if it was stretched out which I thought would be a different weave of cotton specially made to finish off the neckline and such. I don't know that much about textiles so.. .. ..
Well, if you want to make the trip to NYC, I would suggest going to B&J fabrics or Mood fabrics. Mood has the better prices though. However, they both have a huge selection of cotton jersey and silk jersey.
As for what cotton I'd suggest I would have to say a nice pima cotton or a cotton viscose blend. I've never dyed any fabric before, so I can make any statements in that regard.
i also get my jersey locally for convenience reasons but best qualities are from Italy.. bad news that sometimes Italian 'bulk' production standards occasionally doesnt match the sampling meters ones..
obviously this can only mean total catastrophe for a small production indie label, had all my jersey orders canceled because of missmatching in sample/orders jerseys, that was few seasons ago and it was done by a 'famous' italian jersey house i should had prosecuted but i didnt had the time to spend on them
*be aware where you buy your sampling meters guys and make absolutely sure that when the time comes, you will be able to get exactly the same quality/colour/weigth for your production needs.
we also have threads in 'personal style' and 'accessories' about making your own jewelry, sewing, and customising clothing...
that's where a lot of people share tips for doing your own stuff...it's predominantly personal projects...but some of the people that participate actually do sell their work and take orders as well......
i just dye a bunch of t shirts over the weekend and will post about it in the customisations thread...
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