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Chambray - is it denim or oxford?

Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by a-rock, Apr 30, 2009.

  1. a-rock

    a-rock Senior member

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    What type of fabric exactly is chambray? Is it a soft denim? An oxford?

    I want to have a MTM chambray shirt done but not sure what fabric I should be choosing. I asked Tailorstore and they said one of their blue oxfords. I'm afraid it'll end up looking like an oxford BD shirt.

    Is there something specific about chambray fabric I should be looking for?
     
  2. Drinkwaters

    Drinkwaters Senior member

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    cham·bray
    Pronunciation:
    \\ˈsham-ˌbrā, -brē\\
    Function:
    noun
    Etymology:
    irregular from Cambrai, France
    Date:
    1814

    : a lightweight clothing fabric with colored warp and white filling yarns

    It is also available in colors other than Blue.



    It is not an Oxford weave.
     
  3. zissou

    zissou Senior member

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    Chambray has a white weft and a colored warp like denim, but in denim each warp thread goes over two wefts and under one, whereas with chambray it is over one, under one. Probably the main difference I can see between oxford cloth and chambray is that chambray should a looser weave of larger (heavier) thread (but I could be making this up). Isn't oxford cloth where two warp yarns are woven together, and often a synthetic blend with a bit of lustre?
     
  4. KlezmerBlues

    KlezmerBlues Senior member

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    What type of fabric exactly is chambray? Is it a soft denim? An oxford?

    I want to have a MTM chambray shirt done but not sure what fabric I should be choosing. I asked Tailorstore and they said one of their blue oxfords. I'm afraid it'll end up looking like an oxford BD shirt.

    Is there something specific about chambray fabric I should be looking for?


    My guess is on what Tailorstore call "fil-Ã -fil". I'm really not sure though.
     
  5. greekonomist

    greekonomist Senior member

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    oxford is a type of basket weave, if that helps.
     

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