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Mikgirl
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Date: 2/16/12 10:24 PM

I found this on www.fabric.com,
Fabric.com Linen/rayon blend
What does full fold drape mean?
I wanted to make Rachel Comey's top, which linen is one of the recommended fabrics.
Rachel Comey top
Do you think it'll work?

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Date: 2/17/12 7:11 PM

I've never heard of the term "full fold drape," but I imagine it simply means the fabric drapes well. Anyway, I think the fabric should work well with your pattern.

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Date: 2/18/12 0:24 AM

Ask the site/their customer service. They seem to use that description on a lot of fabrics but I haven't seen it in other places.

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Date: 2/18/12 6:24 AM

I'm going to vote against that fabric for that blouse.

I don't know what "full fold drape" means, but the fabric description refers to "fuller" dresses and skirts, which suggests to me that the fabric has a fair bit of body. Maybe "full fold drape" means that it drapes in big billowing folds rather than just collapsing like water?

That very loose-fitting, dolman-sleeved blouse looks like it wants a fabric that does collapse like water, and the other fabric recommendations, for crepe de chine and charmeuse, suggest that. I'd guess that even a very lightweight linen would be at the limit of the amount of body that the blouse can take, and the description of that fabric suggests that it's not all that lightweight.

On the other hand, I could be wrong.And that fabric looks like it would make a lovely skirt or more fitted blouse if it won't do for this one, so you could give it a try anyway. I'd just suggest resolving that you will steel yourself against using it for this pattern if it turns out that it isn't extremely, collapse-in-a-puddle-of-folds, drapey.

Edited to add: I think that another possible choice for that blouse could be a drapey rayon. Rayon is a natural material even if it's not a natural fiber, so it sews up pretty nicely.

(Editing yet again to add that I'm not particularly experienced, so if the experienced sewers disagree with my argument above, you should likely ignore me. :))
-- Edited on 2/18/12 6:28 AM --

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Date: 2/18/12 7:02 AM

Chicken, I'm with you. I was waiting to see if someone would pop in who was familiar with this term, but since you brought it up thought I'd chime in with my agreement! From the description (aside from the unfamiliar terminology), it sounds like it's too stiff to drape like you want in that particular blouse.

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Date: 2/18/12 1:19 PM

Thank you everybody...
My order was on pending because some of the fabrics weren't available, and I wanted to replace them with this one...
I just ordered it so they can ship them already!
I'll let you know how it looks.
Hopefully it works... All the other fabrics I wanted to use for this pattern weren't available. :(

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Date: 2/20/12 12:26 PM

Mikgirl, I apologize for the strange phrasing we used on the rayon/linen fabric you shopped for on fabric.com. I took a look at the pattern you are using, and I can tell you that the fabric will drape nicely and work well. We are going to discuss the ''full fold drape'' terminology this week. I am also interested in what we meant. Thanks for taking a chance on us. We appreciate your trust.

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Date: 2/21/12 0:36 AM

Thank you for replying! I'm looking forward to the linen fabric, now you said it would go well with the pattern!

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Date: 2/21/12 0:56 AM

Kristl: I recently took a class from Sarah Veblen and on the fabric.com website there was a reference to the drape of one particular fabric as conical. I asked Sarah what that term meant in fabric lingo. Of course, Sarah could answer it. She is so awesome.

May I suggest, perhaps it would be helpful to have a glossary of terms or something of that sort to help us determine what the descriptions of the fabrics mean.

I just have to say, it is so great that you are checking in on pr and your valuable input is appreciated. I too love the pattern that Mikgirl has in mind for the "Full Fold" fabric and it would certainly make decisions easier for me/us when purchasing from a website, without the ability to touch and feel fabric ....we are counting on the descriptions/terminology to make that decision.

Thank you!

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Date: 2/25/12 10:29 PM

Update. I just received my shipment from www.fabric.com.
The linen/rayon fabric was a little thicker than I expected (just like linen, but more crispy... Not like shirting thin), but it still has a nice drape.
I think it's too thick (for the weather here in Hawaii) for Rachel Comey top, but I'm thinking about making Vogue 1236 with it.
Vogue 1236
I do like this fabric. It's a really pretty pattern and nice feel. :)

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