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Date: 10/2/12 10:39 AM

I am looking for a light blue linen dress weight fabric for a dress I am making for my daughter. I haven't found much, just a the one closest to what I am looking for is here.. I know it is the wrong time of year but I was wondering if anyone has some great linen sources.
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Date: 10/2/12 11:10 AM

Michael's Fabrics typically has nice linen and linen blends (silk, wool). There's a link at the top of the board page. Great customer service

oops, no light blue right now....
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Date: 10/2/12 11:19 AM

I like the Fabrics-store.com. Lots of different weights and free samples.
Shipping is fast.

Linen-medium weight

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Date: 10/2/12 12:46 PM

Thanks for the sites! I have already ordered some samples from http://www.fabrics-store.com and was so excited to see the range of colors and weights that they have!
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Date: 10/2/12 1:30 PM

If you have a Hancocks close by, they have a nice poly/rayon "linen"...I like it because it doesn't wrinkle and it has a nice hand. I have to chuckle...it really isn't "linen" at all, I call it Pseudo linen
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Date: 10/3/12 0:44 AM

I second the vote for fabrics-store.com. They have a good selection of linen, a variety of weights, and they are very helpful if you call. The 5.3 oz is good for shirts, pants and dresses. The 3 oz is like handkerchief linen. I have bought from them several times and am always happy.

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Date: 10/3/12 9:22 AM

Hmm, that would be great if I didn't want the wrinkles going on. Sometimes I do though, it just depends.
I think I want linen for this project but for the future - how does the fabric from Hancocks sew? Is it too slippery? I have had some cotton mixed with poly that is a bear to sew and keep straight (I am thinking of the cotton poly gingham I have used in the past on some projects).
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Date: 10/3/12 1:40 PM

You're in luck right now b/c Fabrics-store.com is having a nice sale on their 5.3oz linen--the perfect weight for a dress--10% off until Sunday (discount prices shown).

Their Ethereal Blue looks like a really lovely color! FWIW, I find that their colors on my monitor are very true to life (YMMV, obviously!).

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Date: 10/3/12 1:46 PM

Ooh, I saw that color, ordered a swatch but maybe I'll just have to go ahead and order!
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Date: 10/4/12 2:58 PM

I recently bought a bunch of white linen from www.dharmatrading.com and www.puresilks.biz, to dye with Procion dye so I can have any color I want whenever I want it.
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