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Date: 4/13/11 4:49 PM

Does anyone have experience sewing with double gauze? I was just looking at some beautiful prints on etsy and wondering about the drape, weight, sheer-ness, etc.

purple border pint

purple floral print

edited to remove pictures - when I posted they came out huge!

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Date: 4/13/11 7:06 PM

I haven't sewn with it, but here's a lot of information.

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Date: 4/13/11 7:56 PM

Great info - thank you so much! It sounds great. I think I'm going to order some for sewing for the summer. If anyone has feedback on the etsy shop I linked to or any other source suggestions, please share!

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Date: 4/13/11 8:51 PM

I haven't sewn with it, but I have a top made of it. It's very soft, lightweight and cool in summer, but not transparent. I love the fabric.

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Date: 4/13/11 9:04 PM

I have the border print but not in purple. I wonder if the floral print you mentioned is the same as this floral print (with little birdie), which I have.

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wondering about the drape, weight, sheer-ness, etc.


Here is a Simplicity 2596 top I made with the same weight double gauze as the purple border print you mentioned.

Here is a MSB dress using the same weight double gauze as the purple border print.

It is essentially two layers of fine gauze, so it can feel a little spongy when you've got two or more layers together, i.e. a seam. You might want to stay away from styles with too many details (pintucks, ruffles, gathers) as it has some body. It's soft. But it does not scrunch up like gauzy silk or cotton.

This black double gauze fabric I used for the same nani IRO dress--I didn't wear a slip underneath, and it was breezy lovely all summer long.

The grey dress, however, needed a slip. Unusually enough, when the style has sleeves, double gauze can be warm.

You might have already guessed it: double gauze shrinks like crazy, especially in the dryer. I hang all my double gauze to dry.

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Date: 4/14/11 10:35 AM

Thank you! That's just the kind of stuff I was wondering about. Good to know about the shrinking. I think I'll try out a couple of tunics or simple dresses.

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Date: 4/14/11 10:57 AM

How expensive are the shipping charges, since it's coming from Japan? Do you know yet? They are beautiful fabrics..

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Date: 4/14/11 11:02 AM

This place has mostly Japanese fabrics and they ship from the states
www.superbuzzy.com

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Date: 4/14/11 12:41 PM

I haven't ordered any yet. I'm not sure if I'll order from the Etsy shop I linked to or superbuzzy. For the Etsy shop it looks like shipping is $3.50 for a 1/2 yard piece, but I have no idea how that changes with additional yardage.

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Date: 4/16/11 4:48 PM

Thanks for this info. I've been wondering about double gauze too. Here is a source with a few double gauzes as well as other Japanese fabrics:

http://www.hartsfabric.com/imported-japanese-asian-fabric.html

I would love to try these fabrics but they are so expensive.

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