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French Terry Comparison

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Today I’m going to walk you through a french terry comparison of 2 different fabrics. For purposes of this comparison, I sewed 2 similar items (a hoodie for a boy) so they are comparable for you to observe. Some of the differences are slight, and some are quite noticeable.

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The 2 french terry fabrics are a traditional french terry, and a baby french terry. I got both of them from Simply By Ti fabrics, and both in black so once again, color is similar for this comparison. As you will see, I did mix it up with some buffalo plaid appliqué creatures at the boys’ request. The buffalo plaid is also inside the kangaroo pocket and lines the hoodie.

I used triblend Black Baby French Terry fabric for the wolf hoodie, and regular french terry for the bear hoodie.

French Terry comparison – stats

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Here’s a chart showing the basic numerical comparisons of the two french terry fabrics. All of this information is basically self explanatory, except perhaps the weight. The ounces per yard is listed, and shows how much one yard of fabric weighs. It makes the regular french terry thicker or more dense, much like sweatshirt fabric in consistency.

French Terry comparison – hand

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In my opinion, the rayon content in the baby french terry is what makes it so different. The baby french terry is very, very soft, and has excellent drape. While it works for a hoodie like I sewed, it would also work very nicely for a skirt or swing dress. You can see the excellent drape of the older boy’s hoodie especially in the photo of the back of the hoodies.

French Terry comparison – laundry

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I have been laundering both of these fabrics the same, cold wash and dried in the dryer. I forgot to measure for and percentage of shrinkage before and after laundering them the 1st time, but since then, neither of them have shrunk.

French Terry comparison – durability

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Neither of these hoodies has begun to pill, as both of the fabrics are really good quality. However, my guess would be that the baby french terry would pill first. Also, it could potentially snag on something (like when boys climb trees!) as the weave seems to be a little bit looser than the regular french terry.

French Terry comparison – warmth

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Both of these are very warm. My guess would be that the baby french terry would keep the wearer a little warmer in colder temperatures due to the polyester content. But the tighter weave of the regular french terry makes it very warm too!

French Terry comparison – lint/static

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My boys haven’t complained about either of these categories, but I’m not sure how much they’d notice anyway! Just having the fabrics in my sewing room, the regular french terry seemed to collect a little more dust/lint than the baby french terry. If they were put to the test, my guess would be that the baby french terry might have more of an issue with static or cling, but that’s just a guess.

French Terry comparison – stretch and recovery

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Both of these fabrics have similar stretch and recovery properties. This means that they will stretch to fit the body without getting stretched out. They both stretch vertically and horizontally, making them really nice for so many garments.

French Terry comparison – pattern suggestions

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Regular French Terry would be awesome for

Halifax Hoodie view C (with the zipper)

Jasper Sweater and Dress

Knight Hoodie

Hudson Pants

Aster Cardigan

Grandpa Cardigan

Geneva Cardigan

Aspen Pullover

Hatteras Hoodie,

Parachute Pants

Ila Dress

Bimaa Hoodie (pattern used for the bear hoodie)

Wild Things Coat or Vest

Baby French Terry would be amazing for

Charleston Dress,

Halifax Hoodie (any other view)

Paro Cardigan

Finlayson Sweater (pattern used for the wolf hoodie)

Hampton Hoodie

Lane Raglan,

Runway Skirt

Seattle Skater Skirt

Renfrew Top

Tallinn Sweater,

Camden Raglan,

Eeny Meeny Miny Moe

Rosemary Raglan

Skip Along Skort

That’s it for today!  Leave a comment about french terry…what have you used it for?

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Menswear Sewing Plans – 2018

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The other day I mentioned I plan to do more sewing for Mr. Skirt Fixation in 2018.  So today is all about my menswear sewing plans for 2018.  I’d like to branch out a little bit from the approximately 12-15 t-shirts I sewed for him in 2017.  With that in mind, and for encouragement from the sewing community, I’m joining up with the menswear sewing make 9 movement on Instagram.  The idea is to plan and sew 9 things for your man!

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Mr. Skirt Fixation really likes when I sew t-shirts for him.  He likes this Riley Blake Cotton Jersey Knit Solid White Fabric because it’s soft and a good 95% cotton, 5% spandex blend.  We’ve made a couple of modifications to the Oliver + S Men’s Metro Tee pattern so it fits him like a glove!  So yes, I actually do sew him plain white undershirts to wear under his button up shirts for work.  He loves the fit, and the quality he can’t find in RTW (ready to wear) t-shirts.  And the other thing I’ve sewn for him is t-shirts for everyday wear by keeping the modifications but going up one size.  So I put that pattern twice in the grid because it’s basically 2 different things, right?

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The only other thing I’ve sewn from these 9 in the past is a button up shirt in flannel.  I used the Sis Boom Marco Shirt pattern, and made modifications so it’s a perfect fit for Mr. Skirt Fixation.  For example, he needs a large bicep adjustment.  (Yes ladies, the man is ripped!)  And he prefers the button placket to be 3/4” wider.  Those are 2 changes that pop to mind…and I’ve already got the flannel to make him another one, at his request!

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The 1st thing I’ve sewn for him from the make 9 grid this year is the Finlayson Sweater.  This was a surprise, done without his input, so it was a stab in the dark!  I sewed him the shawl collar view in some brushed ribbed sweater knit from CaliFabrics.  It is the softest fabric ever, and I reeeeeeeealy wanted to save it for myself!  It’s sold out over at CaliFabrics, but this Telio Melange Rib Knit Grey Fabric looks like the same thing from Fabric.com

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I have to say I love sewing men’s clothes.  The little details and professional tailoring make me feel so accomplished!  For example, the inside back collar detail is amazing, and never seen from the outside.  I used a scrap of flannel leftover from my puffer jacket for this one.  His measurements put him in a size XL, but I sewed a size L due to the extra stretchiness of the ribbed fabric.

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What was the verdict from Mr. Skirt Fixation?  Well, as far as the fit goes, the only thing that needed adjusting was the cuffs on the sleeves, they were too loose.  He loves the soft and comfortable fabric.  For wearing however, he has requested I sew him a turtleneck to layer underneath.  At least that gives me another item to add to my list of 9 things to sew for him this year!  I can’t find a men’s turtleneck sewing pattern, but I think I can take his beloved Metro Tee pattern and add a turtleneck piece.  That’s the plan anyway…wish me luck!

To fill out the 9, I added the Rebel Joggers and Shorts by Wardrobe By Me.  The shorts I sewed for him to sleep in a couple of years ago are getting worn out.  And I added a the Rocky Mountain Raglan from Peekaboo Pattern Shop.  Because I love wearing raglans, so maybe he will too?  Last of all, I added the Jutland Pants from Thread Theory.  He wants pants, and these are the closest I can find to his RTW ones.  They’re not right (according to him) but maybe they’ll give us a starting place.

I know, that’s not 9 items!  But I’m leaving myself some wiggle room if something comes up later in the year.  And because I know I’ll be sewing him multiples of the t-shirts.  Perhaps I’ll sew him a Reversible Beanie from Savvy Patterns!

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Perhaps I’ll be able to sew some of these 9 items for our oldest son too.  With that in mind, I sewed him the hooded version of the Finlayson Sweater, but in camo french terry from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.  Since I had only 2 yards, and the pattern requirements for size XXL are 2.6 yards.  By lining the hood with plain oatmeal french terry and using it for the pocket too, I just barely had enough.  For the inside collar detail on his, I used some Cotton & Steel double gauze fabric leftover from making this shirt for myself.

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The fit is pretty good for him too, even though this was a surprise too.  I used his measurements and lengthened the arms by a couple of inches.  Even though he has massive wrists, the cuffs were too large for him as well, but I have fixed the cuffs for both of them.

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Though he hasn’t gushed about it (he’s 17!) I think he likes it, because as you can see from the photos, it’s wrinkled from wear.  I had to sneak it away from him for the photos, so I think he likes it!

Alright, enough from me!  Leave me a comment, have you ever sewn anything for a man?  Do you have menswear sewing plans?   Will I make it through this year?  Send pants help, I’m a skirt person!!!