I used to do a lot of my fabric shopping at Joann's, but after my trip to the LA Fabric District last year, I'm spoiled and I just can't justify $12 a yard on sub-par knits. Especially when they have a grand total of three colors to choose from. No thanks.
Having just made a big order from Fabric.com a few weeks ago, I thought I'd share my reviews of the fabrics I purchased. Hopefully this helps some of you searching around for fabrics.
#1. Stretch Rayon Blend Jersey Knit in Polka Dots Navy/White (no longer on the website -- I told you things sell out quickly)
Fabric Blend: 65% Rayon, 33% Polyester, 2% Lycra
Rayon knits are seriously the way to go. They have a gorgeous drape, and are so incredibly soft. The only negative about this fabric for me is that it has Lycra in it, rather than Spandex. For some reason the Lycra makes the edges curl a bit, which makes hemming a bit difficult. But most of the stretchy knits on Fabric.com have Lycra in them, so I didn't have much choice. I've made it work before and I'll make it work again.
#2. Stretch Rayon Jersey Knit in Royal Blue
Fabric Blend: 95% Rayon, 5% Lycra
Price: $3.49/yard (on sale right now!)
My photos make it look like it's a little lighter than the website image, but in real life it is very similar to the website image. Also, I included the second photo to show the edge of the fabric curling up -- that's the Lycra at work. Besides that curl, I highly recommend this fabric. I bought it in several other colors.
#3. Stretch Polyester Jersey Knit in Floral White/Multi
Fabric Blend: 98% Polyester, 2% Lycra
Price: $3.59/yard (on sale right now!)
This fabric is nearly all polyester, but it has a very similar feel to the Rayon/Lycra blends. Very soft, and again a beautiful drape to it. The only real difference I can see is that it's not quite as soft as the Rayon/Lycra, and not quite as stretchy (although it still has a good stretch). And again, curled edges.
#4. Designer Stretch Rayon Tissue Jersey Knit in Lime
Blend: 98% Rayon, 2% Lycra
When it was called "tissue" jersey, I knew it would be lightweight. But I didn't realize just how lightweight it was until it showed up. Hold this up in front of your face and you'll hardly be able to tell it's there -- it's that lightweight. It's so soft, and definitely a good quality fabric, it's just SO sheer. I'm debating between sending it back and just lining it. We'll see.
Also, it's definitely more of a lime color than my picture shows. See the website image for a more accurate color.
#5. Laguna Stretch Cotton Jersey in Orange
Fabric Blend: 95% Cotton, 5% Lycra
Since many of the tops I buy are stretchy cotton, I thought I'd give this fabric a shot. It's definitely different than the Rayon/Lycra blends -- it has a more slippery feel, not the ultra soft feel. But it still has a great drape, and is very stretchy. If I could find this color in the Rayon/Lycra blend, I'd take that over this Cotton/Lycra blend, but it's still a good fabric and I'll be keeping it.
#6. Stretch Modal Blend Jersey Knit in Eggshell (no longer on the website)
Fabric Blend: 52% Cotton, 43% Modal, 5% Spandex
This is my least favorite of all the fabrics I ordered. I'd never heard of Modal before, so I took a chance with this one. It's really soft, has a great stretch to it, and even a nice drape, but it's kind of thick. It almost reminds me of a really thin sweatshirt material. I was planning to make a dress, a few t-shirts, and a skirt out of this, but I think it just might be too heavy for those kinds of project.
Also, it kind of feels like the fabric will stretch out when I wear it and get baggy. I don't know if that's the Modal, but when I stretch it, it seems to sag a little and not bounce back. Very bad. I'll definitely be returning this and staying away from Modal -- and so should you. Oh, but you definitely can see the difference with a Spandex blend on those edges -- see how flat it lays? That's ideally what you want.
If you have any further questions, feel free to comment or send me an email!
And along with my package, I got a coupon for 15% off when you spend $50 or more with the code: BOXSTF52. Just thought I'd pass it along.
This post is in no way sponsored by Fabric.com. All opinions are my own and was completely my choice to post about them.
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