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Stretch linen from Fabricmart?
Opaque enough for unlined pants?
Liz in Cville
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Date: 1/29/12 10:51 AM

Has anyone tried
this
stretch linen from fabricmart, perchance?

Wondering whether it is opaque and comfy enough -- and not too stiff -- for unlined pants. My go-to black, mid-lightweight pants wore out years ago, and I'm still searching for the perfect replacement. Linen cotton blend is ideal, but I'm wondering if this would do for now.

At the risk of enabling, I feel it's only polite to mention that linen is today's special at FM.

BTW, they also have a pretty 92% Wool 8% Silk challis that tempts me for a scarf, but I'm one of those sensitive skin types. It's going to be a bit scratchy, right? Even if it is $5/yard, I probably shouldn't, right? Right?

TIA,
Liz

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Date: 1/29/12 11:56 AM

Hi Liz, my experience with Fabric Mart is if they state lightweight, it is lightweight, etc. You could try it, and be prepared to line the pants if too light (which it may be for pants). If nothing else, if too lightweight, you could make a top, or jacket etc from it.

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Date: 1/29/12 1:09 PM

Liz, have you tried the linen-cotton blend from Fabrics-store.com? It's on sale right now for $5.95/yard, and they send free swatches.

It's a little bit lighter weight than their comparable mid-weight 100% linen, so I'm not sure how it would do for pants. But I made a (white!!) skirt from it a couple of years ago, and didn't need to line it. (Admittedly, it was a giant, floofy Renaissance fair thing, so the volume helped with the opacity... but I can tell you that it was *far* less see-through than the same skirt made with a similar-weight muslin.)

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Date: 1/29/12 2:03 PM

Thanks for the lead, and love your outfitI just signed up and ordered a swatch set for that fabric.
-- Edited on 1/29/12 2:14 PM --

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