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Katie_B
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Date: 1/25/11 7:10 PM

What does 'bottomweight' fabric mean?

I'm looking for a cotton or cotton blend for a dress pattern, simplicity 2404, and I keep coming across the terms bottomweight and suitings.

Would those kinds be appropriate? I thought of heading up to our local Joann's, but sometimes I'm not able to find a person to help.

Thanks for your help.

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Date: 1/25/11 7:22 PM

Bottom weight means it's a heavier fabric suitable for pants or skirts (aka bottoms). Not necessarily a thick or heavy fabric but heavier than something you would use to make a blouse or shirt. Suitings means fabrics suitable to make a suit out of. HTH

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Date: 1/25/11 7:30 PM

Thanks. :)

I think I will head to the store this weekend with my list of fabric terms and have a 'feel' & learn session.
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Date: 1/26/11 9:43 AM

Katie, my Joanns actually has signs over some of the fabric that list them as "bottomweights" and "suiting". I remember when sportscloth use to be available anytime, anywhere. I used a lot of that for dresses, skirts and slacks. If you look at the difference between (lightweight) broadcloth and (heavy) linen...linen would be considered a "bottomweight". Denim can be a bottomweight. As Sew4Fun said, it's something you would generally, not make a blouse out of, it would be for slacks or skirts.
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