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« on: December 09, 2006 10:18:40 AM »

I've made my own pattern for a skirt that is similiar to this one (it has the ruffles in the back) and I'm at a loss as to what material to use. The weather around here is generally hot, so a thick fabric is not what I want. I want something with some sheen to it, and was thinking that charmuse may be a good option, but I'm a little worried that it's not going to be full enough to really ruffle nicely. Could I go ahead with the charmuse, add a light facing to the ruffles, or go with a thicker silk fabric? Does anyone have any other ideas?

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« Reply #1 on: December 09, 2006 10:25:42 AM »

well I'm far from a fabric expert, but I think duchesse (if I remember the name correctly  Lips sealed ) is pretty thin, but still falls beautifully, and feels fairly "heavy" to be so light.

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« Reply #2 on: December 09, 2006 12:38:01 PM »

How about a silk dupioni?  It's lighterweight, has a beautiful sheen, comes in lots of colors, sews up easy (I find charmuse to be fussy because it's so slick), and is stiff enough to hold the shape you are looking for.

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« Reply #3 on: December 09, 2006 12:42:10 PM »

Any fabric weave you decide will breath better and be most comfortable with the largest percentage being a natural or cellulose fiber such as cotton, silk or rayon.  Its a glamours and lovely looking style.  Have fun making it, very nice!

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« Reply #4 on: December 09, 2006 01:40:50 PM »

Although they don't have much right now, I've found this store on Ebay http://stores.ebay.com/Oregon-Silver_W0QQcolZ2QQdirZQ2d1QQfsubZQ2d999QQftidZ2QQtZkmusually has some really cool silk/cotton taffeta blend that is sort of drapy and  pretty lightweight.  Alot of civil war people use it for dresses.  Thought you might find something on there, plus they are fairly cheap Smiley

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« Reply #5 on: December 09, 2006 02:01:54 PM »

I was also going to say a silk dupioni. Depending on how dressy you want it, you could also try linen or a silk-linen blend - for a more casual look.

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