Pima cotton / Extra Long Staple cotton fabric source, aka, my quest for the greatest slim fit v-neck

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  1. S. Paul

    S. Paul Senior member

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    I tried posting this on the MC forum but didn't get anywhere so perhaps I'll have better luck on SW&D where truly excellent tees are appreciated. ;)


    I'm looking for a source of Pima or ELS cotton that is knit, such as used for undershirts. Does anybody out there have a source? The few online places I found just do not seem to have the correct thing. Some very highly regarded undershirts, such as those made by Zimmerli, Hanro and Suspel, may use any range of fabrics from 100% cotton to blends such as 93% cotton, 6% modal, etc.

    Anybody out there know where I can get this kind of stuff?


    I got some modal but it's a little too sheer for what I really want. I'm creating black v-neck tees that are actually cut for those of us that fall into the "athletic fit" category. You know who you are. Any undershirt or plain tee that you have tried from like every place in existence is never perfect: the shirt is boxy and not slim cut, or the length is too long or too short, the waist fits but the shoulders don't, the armholes are not cut high, the sleeves are too long or too short, etc. Time for something that truly works.

    Any help sourcing some really great fabric is appreciated.

    cheers,
    SP
     


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    whodini Conan OOOOOOO"BRIEN!

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    No idea how much fabric you're talking but have you tried talking directly to a jobber?
     


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    Actually, no, I have not! Didn't really think about that type of angle. Searching around the web usually leads to those websites that show a ton of companies from China willing to supply fabrics in bulk.

    In terms of the amount, I say bulk but yeah the reality is at this point I'm only talking about 20 yards, 50 yards, 100 yards, those kind of orders.

    thx
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    whodini Conan OOOOOOO"BRIEN!

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    It won't necessarily be as cheap as China but then again you're not looking at cheap fabric to begin with. There are loads of jobbers in NYC and typically are a better source than what you can find online.
     


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    Correct, I'm not looking for cheap fabrics, just the opposite - which is why those China mills weren't really working for this. Thanks for the tip and I'll do some searching on that.

    cheers,
    SP
     


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