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Antron Fleece Material Tests [Feb. 26th, 2010|05:19 pm]
Lance did his great "Exotic Materials" panel at FC. During and after, we talked about Antron fleece. This is the two-way stretch material (not the four-way) and goes by the nickname "Muppet fleece". It can stretch to about 150% of its relaxed length on one axis; the other direction has a negligible amount of stretch.

I've always wanted to experiment with this stuff. Since Lance was nice enough to give me some samples, I thought I'd run it through its paces here in my materials science lab (commonly known as the sewing room).

I started by doing some different seams, since the material is reputed for its seam-hiding nature. Here's the result:

Click to biggie-size it!

Very nice. It looks that good in person, too. The seam methods, from L to R in the picture, are: serger, sewing machine, hand-sewn ladder stitch from front, hand-sewn blanket stitch from back.

Not a lot of difference between them. I think the ladder stitch shows the most because I'm not very good at that one; my "rungs" always skew slightly, resulting in bunching.

Now the stuff is also know for being easy to dye:

Click if you want fries with that

It does indeed take dye well, resulting in a nice, even color. This sample was done with common Rit dye (indigo). This is what the piece looks like after all the post-dye rinsing. The color seems fast.

Dye process: (1) Wash fabric piece with mild detergent, (2) rinse, (3) immerse in warm-water dye bath for 30 minutes, (4) rinse until water runs clear, (5) handwash with mild detergent, (6) final rinse.

Fun material! Now to try to find a project where I need to use this... Hmm...

[User Picture]From: takshadowing
2010-02-27 01:45 am (UTC)
Where can one purchase antron fleece? I've been hunting for this material for awhile now and I still can't find it. D8
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2010-02-27 02:26 am (UTC)
Dunno where Lance got his... Could be LA district or a contact he has. I haven't purchased this stuff myself but I repeatedly see the following:

Online ordering from Puppet Mart. May be a little slower, subject to them being in stock.

Phone ordering from Georgia Stage Supply. Better for larger orders.

Lance said that the NFT folks have been working on developing something like this. I suspect they're going for more of the super-stretch found in the original Muppet Fleece. Not listed on their site, though, so I don't know if this is actually available. (Only call them and inquire if you're willing to spend some dough.)
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From: jovino
2010-02-27 10:04 am (UTC)
I have a project that's been in my head for years. Hopefully one day I'll actually get around to doing it. If so, antron is the way to go.
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2010-02-27 07:24 pm (UTC)
Really? If it's not top secret and you want to bounce ideas off someone, I'm all ears! Catch me on IM if you want.
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From: jovino
2010-02-27 08:34 pm (UTC)
It's not top secret, but its something that I've been wanting to do for years without telling anyone so that I can debut it without anyone knowing it's meeeee. Those kinds of things are always fun.

Then again, I'll most likely want to document the process so that others may learn how I built it.

I'll drop you an email so you see what I have up my sleeve.
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