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Date: 1/28/12 6:58 PM

I have some rayon batk fabric I want to use for pants. I have prewashed the fabric. Is there anything else I should do to it (i.e., press & spray starch, etc). So far I find that the fabric wrinkles & takes a lot of ironing. I was planning on using the pants for summer pants for work.
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Date: 1/28/12 7:26 PM

I have several jackets and skirts that I made from rayon batiks. On some of the jackets I used a very lightweight fusible interfacing as an underlining. (I fused the interfacing to all parts of the jacket.) This gave the jackets some body without destroying the drape. Pam Erny makes an interfacing which she recommends for this use. I don't remember which one it is but I'm sure she can tell you. I made skirts to go with the jackets--simple lines, almost straight. Remember, this fabric is very soft. It drapes beautifully. I've never tried it for pants because I prefer tailored styles in pants and I don't think the rayon would be suitable. What style are you thinking about? As for wrinkling, I haven't really had a problem with that. The garments require ironing after washing but they don't seem to wrinkle much when worn. All of these garments are washed in cold water on the most delicate cycle available for the shortest time possible and hung to dry. They are among my favorite outfits.

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Date: 1/28/12 7:33 PM

for the pants I was thinking of trying Loes Hinse european pant #5001 view A. the CNT Pattern Swing Fever jacket & pants. Then I also have pattern for Batik Butik Kusamba Tunic & Pants. All these patterns only really talk of drape of the batik rayon not if the batik rayon needs a lining, etc.

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Date: 1/29/12 9:55 AM

I just looked at the Loes Hines and CNT patterns you mentioned. They really look wonderful. I particularly like the CNT--I might be forced to buy that one. I don't know if you'd need a lining for the pants. As I said, I've never used this fabric for pants. For the jacket, i think it depends on the look you want. The jackets I've made without underlining are very soft and a little clingy. Generally, I try to take a sample of the fabric and try it out with lining or the fusible mentioned in my first post. See how you like the various effects. Whatever you decide, those patterns in the batik will be fabulous! Post pictures!

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Date: 1/29/12 12:07 PM

Thanks - I think I will go with the interfacing or lining for the jacket/tops. For the pants I probably will go back to tropical wools or knits.
Thank you for your suggestions. If they turn out ok I will post.

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Date: 1/29/12 12:09 PM

The LH Euro is a great pattern. You can read a lot of reviews here at pr, if you do a search for its pattern number. Your rayon should drape nicely and be very comfortable, but it will wrinkle. Lining it will, IMO, not decrease the wrinkling significantly. Rayon wrinkles; like linen, that is what it does.

A fused interfacing might decrease wrinkling, but boy, would it ever destroy the drape!

As to working with the fabric, I have found that laying a wiggly rayon or silk out on a sheet, nice and flat, spraying it with Faultless spray starch and letting it dry results in a nicely behaved fabric with a slightly crisp, papery hand. There is not even any need to press it before sewing. It is very easy to sew, and the starch washes right out afterward.

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Date: 1/29/12 1:37 PM

I would wash and dry it a couple more times.

Starch it so it will stay on grain while you cut it out.

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Date: 1/30/12 7:41 PM

thanks everyone for your tips. i will wash the batik again

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