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Date: 5/3/12 9:28 PM

My gait makes skirts + summer a possibly painful combination. Loose-leg knickers seem to help this, but I am not sure which silk I need - habotai, crepe de chine, charmeuse?

I've made these of cotton voile and cotton lawn, but I have some skirts that need silk's slip.

Any suggestions?
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Date: 5/3/12 9:35 PM

I have made harem pants, tap pants, slips, and panties of silk charmeuse. It comes in different weights, so I suggest you either get a sample of it in advance from the internet seller, or go to the store in person.

Habotai would be too flimsy and would not hold up. And crepe de chine has a pebbly surface, which may not be slippery enough. In my opinion, it's only a little more slippery than cotton lawn.
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Date: 5/4/12 9:44 AM

I second the recommendation for silk charmeuse since it is about the most slippery fabric you can buy and very comfortable to wear in both the summer and winter.
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Date: 5/5/12 12:23 PM

Charmeuse, please!

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Date: 5/6/12 2:10 PM

What the heck are french knickers? Are they like the pantalettes that Scarlett O'Hara wore underneath the giant hoop skirt?
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Date: 5/6/12 2:35 PM

French knickers is another term for tap pants.

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Date: 5/6/12 6:32 PM

I've used a stretch silk satin to good effect for french knickers. I still need to review the pattern actually. If you're interested, I can see if I can take a photo of them tomorrow. They are very comfy, but be warned, they do crease!
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