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Deciding on a thick enough fabric
Antiquated Lace
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Date: 5/4/12 9:32 PM

Hi! I'm from the Beginner's Board, the poor girl making four garbs to be done at this time next year.
Mostly I'm making shirts and skirts, a pair of pants, and I'm counting on using Linen for ALL of them. But, I don't know what to do for the bodice. Here's my design:

You see, I'm taking a basic bodice design (probably one of the Mccalls patterns) and just lengthening it. Therefor, it needs to be thick enough to look fit for a young knight-in-training type character, but the kicker is that we are in Texas. In the summer. So it needs to not be.... awful, in humidity and 90 weather.
I was thinking cotton duck? Maybe? I really don't know how to pick fabric. There will be boning, but I assume that that will be in the lining and have nothing to do with the upper fabric?

Please help! I'd really, really, really appreciate it.

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Bear with me!

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Date: 5/5/12 1:10 AM

I'm guessing at what I'm looking at in your picture. Many of the clothes of the period are layered garments so the sleeves might be part of a chemise and could be made from a light linen or cotton. Stay away from synthetics obviously. The vest? Does it lace in front? If so it includes the boning which is in channels made by the lining and face fabric (in my ren faire costumes) . Duck is stiff, heavy and doesn't breathe much. Of course authenticity may dictate that but I would look at heavy linen or hemp or even tropical weight wool in Texas. You won't be cool but hopefully you won't be miserable.

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Date: 5/5/12 7:30 AM

I am in Kansas, where it is also very, very hot. All of my bodices are four layers and reversible--typically one side upholstery fabric, one side solid corduroy, with two layers of cotton canvas for the "innards" where the boning goes. I don't find that the bodice contributes substantially to being warm (more important is covering as much skin as possible, as well as wearing a hat, to protect yourself from the sun).

You can see some of mine here:
This one:
http://pic50.picturetrail.com/VOL417/1033223/17691164/315717528.jpg

Reverses to this:
http://pic50.picturetrail.com/VOL417/1033223/17691164/334797202.jpg

You really only need about a yard of fabric for a bodice, so you can indulge in fabrics that would be too dear for a whole gown.

Have fun!

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~Gem in the prairie

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Date: 5/5/12 11:59 AM

You could take a look at weavers cloth from JoAnns. Sturdy but breathes, washes and wears very well.

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Coco

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