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« on: May 26, 2013 11:25:18 AM »

I'm looking for some help on identifying the name of a specific type of fabric. I have done a lot of googling to no avail.

I have several skirts I want to replicate, and they all say 100% cotton, yet the fabric is so light and has such lovely drape it's not like the usual cotton I can get from my local fabric shops. It's not particularly sheer, and when it's used it seems to be in some sort of circle/half circle skirt, certainly one that uses a fair amount of fabric around. Could you suggest any fabrics that this could be, so I can go and buy some? Thanks!
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« Reply #1 on: May 29, 2013 10:02:12 AM »

Can you post a close-up photo of the fabric? Is it woven or knit?
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« Reply #2 on: May 29, 2013 01:57:59 PM »

If it is woven it might be a voile or poplin. 
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« Reply #3 on: May 31, 2013 02:40:20 PM »

Possibly a gauze. A tighter weave than shirts.

There are many grades and weights of cotton. You may just have to go to every fabric store you can find and caress the fabrics. Take your skirt to compare.
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« Reply #4 on: June 02, 2013 06:53:24 AM »

Could be a fine twill also. Twill will drape softer and gets fewer wrinkles, too, due to a diagonal weave as opposed to typical basket weave cotton.
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« Reply #5 on: June 09, 2013 05:44:52 AM »

Thanks for the suggestions, and sorry for the delay in coming back to everyone. I don't think any of them are it though! I'll come back with a picture in a couple of hours.

I've had a look in the fabric shops that are easier for me to access but no luck so far. Nothing can compare to the soft floaty feeling of this fabric (it's not particularly sheer though).
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« Reply #6 on: June 11, 2013 09:29:54 AM »

Here are the pictures finally. The first with light behind it, the second flat with white fabric behind.



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« Reply #7 on: June 11, 2013 09:48:11 AM »

looks like it could be handkerchief linen...either natural or possibly polyester...mixed with ramie, maybe?

take a bit of it and hold it over a lighted candle flame...see if it burns or melts...melting would mean it is man-made of some sort...

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beccabadger
« Reply #8 on: June 11, 2013 02:06:30 PM »

looks like it could be handkerchief linen...either natural or possibly polyester...mixed with ramie, maybe?

take a bit of it and hold it over a lighted candle flame...see if it burns or melts...melting would mean it is man-made of some sort...



The label says 100% cotton, I'm just trying to figure out the actual name of the type of cotton, because it's nothing like any of the 100% cotton in my local fabric shop. It's light and floaty but not too much, and perfect for summer.
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beccabadger
« Reply #9 on: June 11, 2013 02:15:06 PM »

I think I've solved it. After several long attempts at googling, I think it's Batiste. It seems to fit the description anyway!
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