"Melinda Meahan - take out TRASH to send"
Denim-weight twill? A large fabric store local to me has several
" This fabric is 97% cotton and 3% lycra. Weight: 6.7 oz per square
yard. Width is 50 inches; $9.99 per yard. Great weight for pants or
Same store carries at least three different weights in black denim.
The other problem you have year is "what's 'denim weight'?" Denim weighs
from a few ounces a yard up to about 14, which I swear can be used in place
If you're after a twill weave, denim does come in various colors other than
indigo blue; black and tan are probably the most common. Most denims have
a white, lightly twisted filler, but I've also seen denims made with colored
fill yarns. From there you could go on to more standard twills (I presume
you want to stay with all cotton?) -- usually higher twist fill yarns and
warp and weft match. Jean, if you can find it, is nice.
If you want a plain weave, you could consider duck or canvas.
and see if they have any of the heavy weight twills
in a color you would like. If you don't see it under the apparel section,
look in the upholstery section. I have some to recover a chair (mine's
blue though lol) I've thought about making some pants out of it too if I
have enough left over. It's certainly heavy enough. Don't know that it
would wear as long as a pair of Levi's, but I think it would stand up to
most regular use for a good long while.
(don't worry the stuff IS heavy, but it's not as heavy as a normal
upholstery fabric....I would never dress you like a couch. )
What I am looking for is abrasion resistance in a fabric that will still
wear as a garment without feeling like a coat of armor. Sorry I can't
be more specific on the NG, but little pitchers have big ears and at
this point all I am doing is investigating possibilities. (Full details
available via email on request).
On Fri, 20 Jan 2006 14:37:29 -0800, Melinda Meahan - take out TRASH to
Sounds like you want a heavy twill or a light duck.
Denim comes in a full range of colors. I bought some in red a few
years back to make gear carry totes for a rock band.
On Fri, 20 Jan 2006 14:37:29 -0800, Melinda Meahan - take
Which weight of denim is "denim weight" -- I've seen
everything from denim as thin as sheeting to denim you could
make into a trampoline. And denim comes in every possible
I think my sheets are heavier than my denim shirt, come to
think of it, but they are made of a heavy muslin.
The heavy indigo-dyed denims used to be called "work denim",
but all I've seen advertised lately is "bull denim" --
glossaries are coy about exactly what "bull denim" means;
one website said "bull" meant dyed after weaving, but the
piece of bull denim I have was woven with black warp and
undyed weft, just like the indigo warp/undyed weft denims I
used to know. Well, it is rougher and doesn't wash soft --
as if the threads had been twisted too much in the spinning.
I made jeans from undyed cotton duck once, but they didn't
hold up very well -- and I thought I was coming down with
some mysterious skin ailment until I found the splinter of
steel that had been spun into one of the threads.
The most durable jeans I've made so far were made from an
all-cotton herringbone twill -- not nearly as thick as the
duck was, but very tightly woven. I bought it, alas, very
cheaply because it had been discontinued -- but I bought
enough that I should be able to make two more pairs of
Lately I've been using only linen to make jeans -- but it's
more likely than not that a random "linen" will really be
tow -- the lint combed out of linen fibers and once
considered valuable mainly for starting fires with flint and
steel is now known as "cottonized linen"; tow makes a lovely
and comfortable fabric with a strong tendency to turn back
into lint. But I got a lot of wear out of jeans made from
the gray linen that Jas. Townsend & Sons sells for making
haversacks. (I sure hope that they still get it from the
same mill, and that the mill hasn't updated its equipment,
because the pants have finally worn out and I want to make
Choose a hemp fabric or hemp/cotton blend in similar weight as denim and
you'll be happy with the result: easy to sew and wears like iron, looks
and feels good. Available in colors and many weights. JPBill
Where did you find them? My brought-from-England wedding present ones
are finally all wearing out, and I'd love to get some more. I did make
a couple of top sheets from expensive muslin from the quilt shop, but
would love to find bottom sheets ready made if they are available.
Olwyn Mary in New Orleans
At the time, the only wide fabric I could find (aside from
an expensive and fragile quilt lining that lasted only a few
months) was Dharma's "scenery muslin". Since it's meant for
painting backdrops, it's really a very light canvas. But
they'll wear for ages -- the sheets had been around a long
time when we moved five years ago -- and they did wash soft.
One sheet has expired, but I suspect cat-claw damage. I
patched the hole and tore the sheet into pillow cases.
I don't distinguish between top and bottom sheets. When
you've been making beds for sixty years, flat sheets are
easier to tuck in than "contoured" sheets.
If these sheets ever wear out, I'll look at the wide fabrics
at Phoenix Textiles/fabric.com.
Denim is always somewhat "denim coloured". By its very nature it's a
serge, a twill weave woven with different warp and weft threads. One
thread appears to dominate on each side. Traditionally only one is dyed,
giving the typical denim appearance of a dark right side and a pale
wrong side. It might not always be blue, but there's usually a
recognisable "denim quality" to it.
My trousers right now are a heavy cotton moleskin (khaki, and I have
black too). Nice to sew, lovely quality fabric, hard wearing and warm in
today's weather. I bought it from Croft last year and wish I'd bought a
lot more of it.
It sounds like you are looking for a nice heavy weight fabric. Twill
and Gabardines are types of weaves and they come in many weights. Denim
is a gabardine weave made of cotton fiber.
It sounds like what you are looking for can be described as:
Or ,what would be really great is Ultrasuede. Polyester content, you
can find it in upholstery stores. Great for patches, lots of colors,
If the ultra suede is too heavy try "Facile" its a lighter weight
version used as a dress fabric.
Hope that helps... :)
Non-blue denim weight cloth is usually called "twill". It has the same type
weave. Cotton duck is also a heavy, dense cloth.
Jane in NE Ohio
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