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#1 xIkuna on 1 year ago

So I bought cotton drill for the tabard of this outfit: [url]http://i68.tinypic.com/35d71hd.png[/url] At Joanns, they only had "unbleached" white-ish cotton drill, so I bought that with RIT dye and the dying process went fine but the fabric seemed very stiff and wrinkled, and I came back to it a few days later (after laying it out) and tried to iron it and not only are the wrinkles very IN the fabric, but the fabric is getting this weird shiny sheen to it where the iron touches it.

So my question is: 1) What can I do to get a wrinkless fabric without discoloring it 2) Should I cut my loses and try to find a different fabric/what fabric would be good for the tabard?


#2 lunaflora on 1 year ago

Honestly, I've never ever had luck with getting my cotton fabric unwrinkled, despite steaming, pressing, and ironing the crap out of it so I would suggest repurchasing. Perhaps you can use their duck canvas instead? The Joann's near me has a bunch of colors, so you may find you don't need to dye it.
Another idea is, use the drill as the interfacing for more delicate colored fabrics for the tabard.

#3 SeeU on 1 year ago

Have you tried best press? it works really well

#4 Penlowe on 1 year ago

Blocking is the process of laundering knits. Part of that is laying it out as smooth as possible while wet then letting it dry. For dense fabrics like a drill, blocking might be your best bet. I'd try that before starting over.

Clear a place where you can lay the whole fabric flat. My dining room table is usually my go-to location.
Cover area with bath towels. try to avoid lumps where different towels meet.
Get fabric soaking wet.
Roll and squish out as much water as possible.
Lay out flat on your drying area.
Smooth it with your hands, really tug and pull it to force it smooth. It won't tear or stretch too much because it's heavy fabric.
Go do something else for a couple days. (yeah, really)
Every time you walk by it, smooth it any place it seems wrinkled.
You might need to flip the fabric over to speed drying, just repeat the smoothing if you do.
Ironing with steam after this should render a nice crisp finish.

I have a cotton sweater I love but it takes three days to dry in my temperature controlled home.

#5 lunaflora on 1 year ago

Penlowe's suggestion reminded me that sometimes when I wash my cotton fabric, I either iron it straight out of the wash, or I put it in the dryer until it's not as wet and still damp and then iron it

#6 CapsuleCorp on 1 year ago

See, I don't see any reason to use drill for any part of that costume. Regular cotton twill or even a plain-as-balls Kona cotton would do fine. If you want it to stay stiffer than usual, interface it.

I'd say give Penlowe's block technique a try because it won't cost you any money, but if it doesn't work to your satisfaction or the dye is affected by the process (I can easily see the dye re-depositing if it isn't properly set) cut your losses and use a regular garment fabric with some interfacing.

#7 xIkuna on 1 year ago

@Penlowe- thank you! I'll be giving that a try for sure

@CapsuleCorp- well I'm following a tutorial that someone posted for this costume, so I'm using the fabric they used. Also this is my first sewing project, so I have relatively small knowledge on fabrics. If it doesn't turn out I'll give your suggestions a shot

#8 CapsuleCorp on 1 year ago

Ahh. Well, there you go. Tutorials aren't always the "best" way to do anything. Techniques and patterns maybe, but fabric choices, alternate methods, not so much.

#9 xIkuna on 1 year ago

So, I'm probably just going to order different fabrics because the tabards are too small anyways (forgot to take into account the hemming...) so I've been looking into fabrics, I was thinking this one? [url]https://www.fabric.com/buy/am-043/kona-cotton-ocean[/url] I like the color, but there's not much a description. Would this one work well?

#10 lunaflora on 1 year ago

They also have Kona cotton at Joann's, so if you're looking into that, I would going back to Joanns and see how the fabric feels/looks like in person before purchasing.

#11 xIkuna on 1 year ago

[QUOTE=lunaflora;5064214]They also have Kona cotton at Joann's, so if you're looking into that, I would going back to Joanns and see how the fabric feels/looks like in person before purchasing.[/QUOTE]

Ah, okay- I looked online and didn't really see anything ^^ But I'm sure looking in stores is easier!

#12 Penlowe on 1 year ago

[QUOTE]Ah, okay- I looked online and didn't really see anything ^^ But I'm sure looking in stores is easier![/QUOTE]
"Knowing is half the battle"

Learning about fabrics is a long process, and the more you touch, they better your 'lesson'.
When it comes to fabric, your first stop should be a brick and mortar store until your brain is so full of knowledge that you know what those on-line listing are without question.
I still feel my way through the store when I fabric shop, my own touch tells me tons more than any description on a website ever could. My blog is linked in my signature, I have a whole post about reading the bolt.

Go to Walmart and feel their fabrics, then go to JoAnn and any other shops you may have in your town (even quilt shops). Feel everything. By touch you'll know why 100% cotton A is $3/ yard, B is $5/ yard and C is $10/ yard. You can learn about fine fabrics by cruising the departments in a better clothing store, Neiman Marcus or the like. Go through mens suits too, there is a lot more variety there than one might realize at a glance.

#13 CapsuleCorp on 1 year ago

I see by your con list that you might be in the southern Wisconsin area. I can suggest a good place in Madison to get Kona. ;) It's full price though. Joann's carries the brand, but they don't carry ALL the colors like fabric.com, eQuilter, and local quilting shops do.

Kona's a fantastic cotton, though. I fuckin love it. I used some just today on a client's costume as a lining/backing and I couldn't get over how nice it was. Nicer than the twill I was using, geez. It's a high thread-count cotton, but it's still softer and less thick than something stiff like a canvas so you definitely want to use interfacing to stiffen it if you want it really stiff.

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