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« on: September 18, 2006 11:27:04 AM »

i have a question about some vintage fabric that i have.
i did a search but i couldnt find anything.
it is a suiting material so i thought it would make a nice pair of pants.
but it is itchy to the point where if you tried it on, it would be ok, but once you left the house you would wish you didnt wear it.
since it was already cut when i bought it, i dont know the fiber content and i have no way of finding out.
but i was just wondering if there was any way i could treat it so that it would be less itchy.
if there isnt any way, then thats fine, but it doesnt hurt ask you guys!!
i could post a picture of ot but i dont know if that would help or not.
thanx in advance!!
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« Reply #1 on: September 18, 2006 11:30:36 AM »

Suiting fabric was probably meant to be lined. 

I have heard that you can do a burn test to find out what kind of material it is.  Obviously, natural fibers will burn while manmade will melt.  I don't know what happens when you are working with a blend.
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« Reply #2 on: September 18, 2006 11:43:06 AM »

most things made out of suit pants are lined with a thin satiny type material, Im unsure of the name of it, but its the thinner lesser quality looking stuff.

Sometimes its just lined to the knee, and sometimes to the bottom hem of the pants, To stop it from moving around you would sew it into the hem.

Im not sure about any treatments to make it less itchy, the only thing i could suggest is washing it in fabric softener...... but that may not do anything.
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« Reply #3 on: September 18, 2006 12:25:44 PM »

i guess ill just line them,
i didnt know people lined pants,
probably because i mostly wear jeans.
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« Reply #4 on: September 18, 2006 01:37:51 PM »

It sounds like it is either wool or has some wool in it.  If it is it will be a bit thicker than most fabrics, have some texture and be a bit resilient.  You might just buy a pant liner (you can find them at Wal Mart this time of year) to go under it.  Wool will absolutely eat you alive without something else against your skin.  The other thing is that fabric which has been stored a long time could have come in contact with something that is an irritant.  I wouldn't necessarily tell you to wash it because many of the older fabrics are totally NOT washable, ESP fabrics with wool in them.  You might ask a dry cleaner about the fabric content.  It may be that it would be something that needs to be cleaned or washed before you wear it.
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