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Date: 1/7/12 2:23 PM

I just got a summer dress for my daughter. It's made with really soft sheer patterned cotton, lined with similar soft sheer cotton.
Does anyone know what kind of cotton is this?
I thought it was a gauze but it's not crinkly like the gauze I've seen in the store.
I like these materials and want to use it for my own dresses!

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Date: 1/7/12 3:04 PM

It sounds like it could be a voile.

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Date: 1/7/12 3:05 PM

It could also be batiste. I use it for lining summer garments. Vogue Fabrics (online) has the best price I've found on cotton batiste.

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Date: 1/7/12 3:53 PM

I would guess that it is batiste, batiste is softer than voile.

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Date: 1/7/12 4:57 PM

...Another possibility is lawn, which seems to be more common in prints than batiste and voile. (Honestly, I am hard pressed to tell the difference among the three; they're all finely woven, soft, semi-sheer cottons.)

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Date: 1/7/12 7:35 PM

Thank you everybody.
I've had voile and I know it's not voile... Looking at some similar looking fabric on Burda magazines it could be batiste?
The dress is from Old Navy so I know it's must not be too expensive!

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Date: 1/7/12 11:22 PM

Some voile is soft and finely woven, like a lightweight batiste. Some voile feels quite coarse, like cheesecloth. Voile, batiste, and lawn are all descriptive terms that could be used for the fabric you are describing.

Maybe a visual will help. Harts Fabrics has a selection of pretty cottons. Click on the "Voile, Lawn and Apparel Cottons in the left hand menu. I can't seem to link directly to that page.

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Date: 1/8/12 9:38 PM

Nicegirl, so which batiste is better for lining light summer dresses and tops for modesty -
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"Combed Cotton Batiste is a semi-sheer, lightweight fabric with a soft face and a slight crispness. Highly used for Christening gowns, for nightgowns, as an underlining for Wedding gowns, and in historical reenactment garments such as chemises and underpinnings."

or this
"Cotton Batiste is a slightly sheer, light weight, soft and breathable fabric. Great for summer attire or baby's clothes, this batiste is also treasured by heirloom sewers for using in all kind of projects, including christening gowns, summer blouses, chemises, underpinnings"
What is the difference between cotton batiste and combed cotton batiste?

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Date: 1/8/12 10:30 PM

I am honestly not sure what the difference is between the combed and the uncombed cotton batiste. I calculated the price per square inch (the first link is 45 wide-combed and the second 60 wide-uncombed) and went with the most economical version, which is the 45 wide. It is not the softest batiste I've ever purchased, but the quality is adequate to my needs. Next time I will order the 60 and see if it's softer (the extra width is also useful, as I sew adult garments). I had not noticed your location before--it is probably available closer to your home with less shipping costs.

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Date: 1/9/12 1:39 AM

Thanks Nicegirl, I'll try the other one then to see if it's softer. I am planning after I get the one I like to dye it different colors to match precisely my garments.

I found this info about combed cotton:
"When cotton is combed, fine brushes are used to pull out any remaining impurities, along with short cotton fibers. Approximately 15% of the volume is removed, leaving behind only long, straight fibers which are even and aligned. The slivers of combed cotton are then spun into thread."

Not sure if this technique makes cotton fibres softer or the opposite...
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