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Downscale Fabrics Similar to Charmeuse and Crepe de Chine
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Date: 6/12/12 11:32 AM

Hey, PR, I am planning on sewing up Vogue 1170 and 1247, both suggest charmeuse or crepe de chine, which I love, but I don't want to use such fancy fabric, I would like the blouses to be more everyday. And clearly the key to making both patterns work well is to have a light, drapey fabric.

Any suggestions? (I was looking at some Eileen Fisher, since she seems to do this kind of thing very well, she has a lot of hemp/cotton/silk/linen and blends, but it seems hard to get your hands on fabric like hers).

Would certain types of cotton work, rayon?
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Date: 6/12/12 11:50 AM

Charmeuse and crepe are weaves, and can come in silk, poly, wool etc.

IMO, cottons will not be a suitable substitute, as they won't have the same drape.

I would go with a rayon/viscose, a lightweight crepe or a challis.

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Date: 6/12/12 12:15 PM

Thank you, Lynn!

There is a lot of challis out there right now, I am going to give that a go.
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