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j Renee Design
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Date: 9/20/12 2:56 PM

Where's your favorite place to order it from online? I don't have any fabric stores that sell it near me and I don't have time to drive 3 hours to the next major city (Chicago) to buy it.

I'm looking for medium gray or medium/dark teal under $15/yd for Butterick 4657. Any suggestions appreciated! :)

Also, what would you suggest to line that dress with? Habotai? Bemberg?

Thanks in advance!

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Date: 9/20/12 3:39 PM

I've ordererd from Gorgeous Fabrics and Fabric Martwith good luck. They have sales, plus check for coupons for new customers.

I'd use silk charmeuse for a lining, it's got more drape than either the bemberg or habotai. In fact, I have this pattern, plus the chiffon and charmeuse to make it in stash - just waiting for the event! Love the pattern. Good luck!
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Date: 9/20/12 4:06 PM

Ooo...Fabric Mart. I could get into some big trouble there! Lots of beautiful textiles at Gorgeous, too.

How cool that you're all set to make the same dress (eventually)! I'm making mine for a dear friend's wedding, whom I haven't seen in a while (she moved away). This silk chiffon would look pretty neat in that pattern, as long as I was mostly using the gray portion. This fabric is nice, too. Not gray or teal, but still a pretty, cool color!

I'm so glad I asked because I really need to branch out, fabric store wise! I usually end up ordering from fabric.com because I get so seduced by their sales, but they just don't have quality fibers very often. And I have quite large enough of a stash that I should be focusing on quality rather than quantity now.

Silk charmeuse makes sense...a bit more body to it, but do you think it will be a lot more difficult to work with? (says the one who's looking to make a dress out of silk chiffon)

p.s. Congrats on winning the lined jacket contest! That jacket is amazing.

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2013 - Bought: 181, Used: 96, Stashed: 85
2014 - Carryover: 85, Bought: 98 1/8, Used: 126 3/8, Stashed: 57 3/4

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Date: 9/20/12 9:00 PM

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Silk charmeuse makes sense...a bit more body to it, but do you think it will be a lot more difficult to work with?

Nah...the difficulty of working with silk charmeuse and chiffon is overrated. Do you have a serger? It works wonders. Also, it helps to use a rotary cutter instead of scissors - at least for the chiffon. If it's off a little bit, oh well, it's supposed to be floaty, you can't tell.

The last dress I made out of silk chiffon was a color the Coats and Clark thread that matched perfectly called "gunmetal navy". Love the color. I lined with 4-ply silk crepe, which is also good.

Let us know how your dress goes. Makes me want to sew something up light and airy instead of the heavy boucle coat I've got on the table.
-- Edited on 9/20/12 9:01 PM --
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Date: 9/21/12 8:29 AM

Emma One Sock is also a good source. They have 96 colors of various types of silks. You can request free swatches in the range of colors you're looking for.

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