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What are the best shirting fabrics?

post #1 of 23
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Hi,

I would like to canvas the members' opinion of who the best three shirt fabric makers are. I have a few custom made shirts by a local shirtmaker, however; I am looking for the best quality fabric out there at a reasonable price. I want to purchase the fabric myself. Who in your opinion are the best?

Thanks
post #2 of 23
Alumo, Thomas mason and Riva
post #3 of 23
Adding to the above Grandi & Rubinelli, Bonfanti, Sic Tess, G&R is hard to beat in terms of value for money.
post #4 of 23
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Where online or locally would I be able to buy this fabric? Additionally, how many yards does it take to make a shirt?
post #5 of 23
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Originally Posted by tchoy View Post

Adding to the above Grandi & Rubinelli, Bonfanti, Sic Tess, G&R is hard to beat in terms of value for money.

If you had to choose 1, which one?
post #6 of 23
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I live in the US...
post #7 of 23
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Originally Posted by dragon8 View Post

Alumo, Thomas mason and Riva

If you had to choose 1, which one?
post #8 of 23
For me I'll choose Alumo.
post #9 of 23
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Originally Posted by pglover19 View Post

If you had to choose 1, which one?

Alumo, hands down. Great quality fabric
post #10 of 23
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Originally Posted by dragon8 View Post

Alumo, hands down. Great quality fabric

Thanks for the quick response. Is there a certain line within Alumo to look at? Also where can I find a book that has all of their fabric? Additionally where is the best place online to purchase Alumo fabric?
post #11 of 23
FYI American Sember closed last summer.
post #12 of 23
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FYI American Sember closed last summer.

OK.. So where is the best place to purchase ALUMO fabric whether in or out of the US?
post #13 of 23
except for acorn,Shirting mills do not sell direct to consumers. Acorn has many qualities of fabric. some good, some that are awful.

there are no distributors in the US, who sell to the consumer.
there are fabric stores that sell to the consumer, but those stores usually do not know where the fabric was woven.

the best assortment of shirting available to the consumer are at tip top, beckenstein, and mood. all are in NYC.
they will not send swatches.

does your shirtmaker not have fabrics to choose from?

does your shirtmaker make the shirts on site? or are they made at a factory somewhere else.
FYI some factories will not cut 36" fabric.

fabric yields, vary depending on the cutter/cutting system.

my cutter can cut a 15.5 x34 shirt using 1.625 yards.
the factory that makes shirts for me "wants me to send" 2.25 for the same set of measurements..

Alumo is excellent. I buy from Grandi & Rubenilli, Testa is also a favorite. I buy albini/Thomas mason through a distributor, or through the secondary market.
post #14 of 23
Who represents Alumo in the US now? Find any interesting lengths when you went to Italy a few months back?
post #15 of 23
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Who represents Alumo in the US now? Find any interesting lengths when you went to Italy a few months back?
no rep!

there are a few shirtmakers who buy and stock their fabric.
I plan to get the swatch book from them in the near future.

sadly, the money earmarked for fabric, had to go into my new space.
I did buy some buttons, and found a great resource for printed cotton.

I also found a resource that can make bedding in shirting patterns.
very high quality.. need to gauge demand for this. not even sure of pricing, but think
sferra or frette quality.

I recently picked up about 350 assorted shirt lengths, from a factory that was closing out fabric.
lots of sport shirts. mostly Italian goods, some from Portugal. some?????? good deals on these!
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