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Date: 5/31/12 2:29 AM

I have a pattern for a wrap around skirt (actually a few different patterns--McCalls Kwik Sew etc) the type of skirt that ties (no zippers or buttons a true 70s style tied wrap skirt). I have already made one with 100% cotton and all of the patterns state skirt is for cottons, linen. denim, etc. the kwik sew pattern also states it can use rayon. But non of the patterns state to use 100% polyester
Does anyone know why you couldnt use 100% polyester ? it would seem that would be very similar to rayon ? the polyester I am thinking of is fairly shinny almost a faux silk--it is very popular for dresses so why not a wrap skirt ? isnt a sarong sort of like a polyester wrap skirt ?

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Date: 5/31/12 8:41 AM

Polyester should be fin e for a wrap skirt, other than it can be very prone to static, which may cling instead of wrapping. Give it a try and see if you like it.

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Date: 5/31/12 8:45 AM

The reason why there are fabric suggestions on pattern envelopes is because the pattern is drafted for a special type of fabric because of how it hangs (known as "drape") and the fit. Polyester is durable like linen, and depending on the weight of the polyester, should have some drape to it. The skirt wouldn't work well if you sewed it with a knit because you would have to make the pattern smaller and it would stretch in ways you wouldn't want it to. So, yes, polyester is fine.

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Date: 6/1/12 12:08 PM

Thank you for replies---good point about the static---I see a lot of polyester skirts and dresses in ready made---is the static negated a bit in those by the linning ?
The patterns I have are Kwiksew 2954 and McCalls 5430--they both look fairly A-line as did my first 100% cotton skirt from a different pattern---the cotton seems to hold that Aline look as it drapes--I wonder will the pollyester drape more like a ??? gored skirt ??
I guess I am mostly wondering how Rayon drapes compared to my polly (I checked my pollyester is from JoAnnes and is called simply silky charmuse--its shinny and a bit slippery) allso wonder what challis is and its drape---does rayon have the static problem like polly ?

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Date: 6/2/12 7:34 PM

I had 2 polyester wrap skirts YRS ago and loved them. Static didn't bother me and they were very wash and wear. I wish I still had that pattern.

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Date: 6/2/12 8:09 PM

Rayon will usually have a softer drape than poly, and both are usually a softer drape than cotton. Rayon doesn't have the static properties that poly does.

Poly doesn't breathe, so is warmer to wear, which may not be a problem in a skirt. RTW poly is often treated with anti-static finishes.

To check the drape, unwind a yard from the bolt and gather up the fabric across the grain and hold it up in your hand. If you want close to the body drape, go for the fabric that falls nearest to straight down in folds.

Challis is a lightweight plain weave fabric, can be wool, cotton, rayon etc. Rayon challis is lightweight, can be opaque or semi sheer, very comfy to wear, as rayon "breathes". Rayon challis drapes very well.

A word of caution on your poly, being a charmeuse, it may show needle holes if you sew and then have to remove the stitches. This is a bad habit of all charmeuse type fabrics, so you may want to try a small test piece, and if the holes do show, be careful to pin only in the seam allowances and be sure of fit first, so you don't have to do any reverse sewing.

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