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« on: November 07, 2008 09:14:49 AM »

So I recently bought a cute top on sale from J. Crew (not my usual clothing supplier, but this top was kinda adorable) and I got to thinking about making my own tops inspired by this.

Thing is, I can't find suitable fabric. Cotton at places like Jo-Anns is usually quilting cotton, which is thick and stiff. The stuff of my shirt is thin, almost gauzy, and very very soft. No matter where I go, I can't seem to find thin, almost see-through soft cotton fabric.

I'm currently in central New York, so suggestions fabric suppliers nearby where I could go in person would be appreciated; otherwise, if there are online suppliers I'd be willing to try these out. (Though I'm skeptical of buying fabric I can't feel.)
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« Reply #1 on: November 08, 2008 01:38:57 AM »

Can't help you with where to find it, but what you are looking for is called batiste. it is a very fine woven fabric.
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« Reply #2 on: November 08, 2008 04:44:30 PM »

LOL, you can finds lots of the stuff in my sewing room! I love thin almost gauzy type cotton fabrics.... Though I'm in Texas, I have had good luck finding it at fabric centers that sell ONLY fabrics......

But yeah, go with the Batiste that's a good start.
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« Reply #3 on: November 08, 2008 06:03:45 PM »

I'm in Louisiana, and they carry batiste at both Joann's and Hancock's year-round.  They had it at WalMart, too, when WM had fabric.  Most often, if it's not with the other cottons, it's either by the eyelet, or else near the linings/interfacings.  One thing, too, to remember about it:  it's a little stiffer on the bolt, it softens up once it's washed, as is true for most cottons.  Broadcloth softens up much the same way, and has a great drape.

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