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« on: November 13, 2010 10:11:30 PM »

New to the message boards here, read a ton for inspiration on how to make q beauty and beast costume for my wife and me.

... Anyway, wondering if anyone has any suggestions as to where to buy technical fabrics?  I found owfinc.com via various google searches, anyone bought through them? I taught myself how to use a sewing machine to make the Halloween costumes and realized it's pretty easy.  So thought I might try to make a running shirt for myself.  I'm skinny and 6'6" so shirts tend to be shorter than I like.  But my local fabric stores only have spandex and football jersey style sports fabrics. Also, any place that you can buy tiny samples/swatches would be great.
« Reply #1 on: November 14, 2010 12:08:52 AM »

sadly i can't help you. i've been wondering this same thing myself. i'm in finland and  we don't have much variation in the fabrics here.. Sad

(i thought i'd chip in by commenting and keeping this post on the first page where you can see it, if anyone would know Grin)

what words did you use for your google search?

this CAN be one of those situations where you just have to go out and buy a clothing item that's made of the fabric you need and use it for fabric Grin for example buying the larger sized shirt and then skinning it down, so you have a long shirt left.

« Reply #2 on: November 14, 2010 11:03:29 AM »

I searched for a bunch of things, I think i found that by searching "technical fabric by the yard" I tried adding "running" to the terms but that just yielded a lot of shirts and other premade tech stuff.
« Reply #3 on: November 17, 2010 02:48:11 PM »

Wazoodle has some:


Try widening your google search for sports and athletic fabric, or high performance fabric.   

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« Reply #4 on: November 18, 2010 03:36:13 AM »

The type of material the running shirts is made out of is usually some type of wicking material.  I really like the PowerDry brand.  Or PowerStretch if you want something a bit heavier.  It's made my Madlen Mills and can be bought by the yard a Mill Direct as well as lots of the other places I listed below.  Coolmax and Wickaway are other brands that I like and have used.  I don't hesitate to buy those brands online since I know what I'm getting.  There are quite a few other brands/no name fabric.  Some is good stuff some not so much.  If you can order a swatch and see how it feels. 

Mill Direct Textiles http://www.milldirecttextiles.com/dept2.asp?dept=31&id=100526476917810812614476

Seattle Fabrics http://seattlefabrics.com/stretch.html look under their 'wicking lycra' section

Peak Fabrics  http://peakfabrics.com/categoryList.php?category=wicking_fabrics

Rockywoods Fabrics http://www.rockywoods.com/Fabrics-Kits/Knit-Wickaway-Fabrics

and as rossie said Wazoodle often has some  http://www.wazoodle.com/cgi-bin/catstore.cgi?user_action=category&category=Tech%20and%20Athletic%20Fabrics

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« Reply #5 on: March 14, 2011 12:01:24 PM »

Rose City Textiles might have what you need: http://www.rosecitytextiles.com/
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