Originally Posted by A Y
But about sponginess, I'm not sure how to compare the two. By spongey, I mean that there is a bit of give to the cloth when you pull it, and then it springs back when you let go. It's not like any of the other shirtings I've used.
I think that's from the finishing rather than the weaving. I have shirts made from various non-mainstream shirting fabrics (Indian madras, muslin, linen, even bedsheets), and they're all "spongy" like that.
Muslin actually has a lot of qualities of the famous Chambray--it's coarse, has a loose, air weave, stretchy or spongey, gets fuzzy after being washed, has imperfections, nubs, and the like. Even comes in 36" widths. I see Will charges about $110 for a shirt length, I could let some of my muslin go for $75...