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Topic: Fabric question: Is ponte knit close to gabaradine?  (Read 4529 times)
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« on: October 07, 2007 04:02:41 PM »

I am making a cassock and was curious if the fabric would exchange well since Joann's doesnt have anymore black gabaradine. Its for a cassock I am making for halloween. Thanks girls!!
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« Reply #1 on: October 08, 2007 06:09:50 PM »

Since it's for a halloween costume I wouldn't worry too much -- just any old black fabric would do, so go with what's cheap and easy to work with.  Personally I would probably go with a cheapo cotton/poly broadcloth, but any kind of black suiting or ponte would probably work and have a little more substance than the broadcloth.
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« Reply #2 on: October 09, 2007 12:58:54 PM »

Thank you kindly!
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« Reply #3 on: October 09, 2007 10:32:25 PM »

Gaberdine and ponte are terms describing the weave or knit of the fiber.  Gaberdine is a twill weave which shows diagonal lines (think denim as an example).  Ponte is double knit, almost looks like two layers.  Depending on the fiber (cotton, silk, wool, poly or other synthetic fiber) will determine the weight.  Generally, gaberdine is considered a bottom weight fabric.  But as the other poster mentioned, if its for a Halloween costume purchase what ever is least expensive.  Using a lighter weight fabric you may not get the drape or hang you want but what really matters is what is your goal?  When I made costumes for my kids economics and color were the main determining factors.

If you need a good quick reference for fabric descriptions this site has some good general info.  http://www.textileconnexion.com/librarydictionary.asp#P
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« Reply #4 on: October 10, 2007 07:57:12 AM »

Well I feel sheepish! I really do need to study fabrics more! Thanks so much for giving a newbie advice!
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