Post by Ani-Chay Pinn on Jan 26, 2009 22:46:39 GMT -5
I agree that robe fabric has to have some weight to it for it to look right. But I am a little cautious of the $1/yd table at Wal-Mart because too much of it says that it's made of 'Unknown Fiber Content'. If I see that I will usually only use the fabric for craft projects.
But the real test for robe fabric for me, no matter what it's made of are:
- Can I wash it?
- How does it feel after I've worn it for 3 hours?
I think the fabric I picked up (I just grabbed an earthen-toned swath from the Wal-Mart $1/yard section) is the same stuff. It looks like suede on the outside, but it's not as limp and loose; it has a nice weight and stiffness to it that allows it to flow and drape wonderfully, but it doesn't just fall all over you...does that make sense? So many fabrics out there just succumb to gravity at every chance, and traditional suede is like juggling solid water. Like I said, I just saw it in the dollar section, it was an earth tone (greenish-olive, perhaps?), and it worked out wonderfully. It may be the alova suedecloth, because it looks like suede on one side, but is smooth on the other, and doesn't just fall everywhere. Great stuff! It's a definite must for a robe!
It's probably close to the same thing! I picked up some at a fabric outlet that didn't have the shiny back and was a lighter weight, and it turned out well, too. Only $4 a yard. So there are a lot of choices out there.