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Message Board > Fabrics and more... > Voile vs Batiste vs Lawn--what is the difference? ( Moderated by CynthiaSue)

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Voile vs Batiste vs Lawn--what is the difference?
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Date: 1/8/09 7:15 PM

Now that I have a new machine that won't eat sheer fabrics, I want to start experimenting with them. I have swatches of cotton lawn, batiste, and voile from Silk Road here, and to be honest, I can't tell the difference among them. They all seem to have about the same sheerness (though if you pressed me, the voile might have a *very* slight edge here) and all are about as densely woven as each other.

What am I missing?

I'm interested in using them in applications like fine Renaissance chemises or other undergarments/odds and ends.

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Date: 1/8/09 7:42 PM

Hmmm... They are all very lightweight fabrics but I always think of lawn as softer, thicker and not as sheer as batiste or voile. I also think of batiste as stiffer than voile. I'm not sure I've ever seen batiste in any color other than white--it got it's name from being used for baptismal/christening gowns for infants.


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Date: 1/8/09 8:01 PM

Check out Emma One Sock's fabric guide.. It explains the nature of all of the fabrics you mentioned except batiste. Here's what Wikipedia says about batiste:

Batiste is the softest of the lightweight opaque fabrics. It is made of cotton, wool, polyester, or a blend. Lightweight opaque fabrics are very thin and light but not as transparent as sheer fabrics. The distinction between the two is not always pronounced. End uses include apparel and furnishings. Organdy (a sheer fabric), lawn, and batiste begin as the same gray goods. They differ from one another in the way they are finished. Lawn and batiste do not receive the acid finish and, thus, remain opaque. Better quality fabrics are made of combed yarns. Batiste is a balanced plain weave.

It actually explains it better than EOS, but her fabric guide is handy for looking up lots of fabrics.
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Date: 1/8/09 10:42 PM

When I was doing french hand/heirloom sewing for DD, I could find very nice, 100% cotton batiste in white, cream, pastel blue, pastel pink and occasionally other pastel colors. Seems I have seen some in black recently online....

but definately the fabric of choice when I was sewing that king of thing, for christening gowns too....and paradoxically the more wrinkles the gown/dress developed, the *better* ...it meant there was no poly in your batiste and therefore finer (translate also much more expensive).....

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