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LilMissPink
« on: March 10, 2009 05:25:55 PM »

Hi ya'll, I'm pretty new to sewing... anywho... I want to make a simple skirt and tote set, but I don't know much about fabrics...

I need something that is sturdy enough to support the weight of books in a tote bag
but I also need it to have enough drape to look good (not puffy) as a circle skirt (I want a LOT of gathering, so I may even use 2 circles)

the only ideas that I have based on my readings is a lightweight denim and stretch twill.

is this possible or will I have to resort to buying 2 types of fabric??? I'd prefer not to. thanks
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« Reply #1 on: March 11, 2009 06:06:53 AM »

Remember that you can always interface and line (and interface the lining) of the tote, to reinforce and provide strength.  This opens you up to all sorts of wovens.  I'd look at cottons, personally.  Good luck!
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« Reply #2 on: March 11, 2009 03:53:09 PM »

Since you want to use one fabric type, I would recommend a lightweight cotton, to accommodate the many gathers you desire.  You will need to reinforce the tote with fusible interfacing, or buckram, and line it if you're using a lightweight outer fabric.

Or if you want to consider multiple fabrics, you could make the skirt of cotton, say a nice print.  Then use the print for the pockets and accents on the tote, using a sturdier fabric such as canvas or twill for the main construction.

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« Reply #3 on: March 11, 2009 05:15:04 PM »

umm idk what interfacing or buckram is... but since twill is supposed to be sturdy, would that be a possibility for the skirt as well??


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« Reply #4 on: March 11, 2009 05:47:38 PM »

Twill would not accommodate the style of skirt I think you're after (a gathered circle skirt).  It's a fabric with a lot of structure.  Great for a bag, a structured skirt, or a jacket...not so great for a voluminous skirt with lots of gathers.  Interfacing is a product that you either iron on or baste to your fashion fabric (and/or interfacing--I'd go with and) that adds body and strength to it.  There are different weights, depending upon your project.  Anything from lightweight, which you'd use for cuffs and collars, to craft weight, which leaves fabric feeling vaguely like cardboard.   Wink  It's usually pretty cheap (and very often on sale), and very easy to use.  If you plan on sewing clothes or bags regularly, definitely become familiar with it.  It makes a real difference in the quality of the finished garment (ask me how I know  Grin).
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