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Date: 10/16/12 12:14 PM

Hey all! I had plans to make a fancy dress for an upcoming wedding I'm attending, but have had to adjust my expectations and switch to a different pattern (was originally planning to sew up Butterick 4657)

Instead, I've chosen to move on to Colette Truffle, which I have made before, but I want to make it in a really special fabric this time. I've been eyeing up this silk/cotton fabric at fabric.com for years now, but have never ordered it. It says it's *very* lightweight and I wonder if it will be too light for Truffle.

So, has anyone purchased this fabric? Or do you have any other silk fabric suggestions?
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Date: 10/16/12 1:51 PM

Radiance is made by Robert Kaufman, so you can look it up that way. I've used it before. It's a beautiful fabric - soft and with that pretty sheen you see on the website. However, I think it's a little too light for a dress unless you plan to line. The cotton content also causes it to wrinkle more like cotton than silk. I think it's a touch heavier than a cotton voile - good for blousing.

For dresses I like silk twill or 4-ply silk crepe (sometimes crepe de chine, but the weight varies.) Silk is often listen in weights, which helps. I like Mood online for silks, and I've also gotten nice ones from fabric mart. I think both are fairly well described, and Mood will send swatches.

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Date: 10/16/12 1:51 PM

If it's "very lightweight" by Fabric.com's measure, it's going to make haboutai look substantial.

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Date: 10/16/12 2:29 PM

This is a sateen isn't it? With a lovely silk sheen on the face and a more cottony feel on the back? Why is fabric.com calling it poplin?

I have used the Kaufman Radiance in the teal color and it was really nice to sew. I made a loose skirt with no lining. Fabric.com might call it lightweight but that would only be because it feels airy to hold. It is not sheer at all. I think it would make an amazing special occasion dress in the Truffle although you would probably want to underline or at least line the bodice and basic skirt to keep the stress off fabric at the seams. I think this fabric might be one to pull apart in the yarns a little if there was stress on a seam. The peplum would be not lined or underlined. The fabric has a soft crispness to it, if that makes sense, so the peplum with fold beautifully but will not be a drapey fold like a charmeuse might, more like a fine batiste.

I bought my fabric several years ago. Let's hope Kaufman is producing the same quality fabric now.

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Date: 10/16/12 2:51 PM

The Radiance is a really lovely fabric, well worth the price. If Truffle is the pattern with the semi-fitted bodice, A line skirt, and asymmetric peplum, I think the fabric is a good choice.

If you want the bodice to fit like a glove, I would proceed with a little caution. It's stronger than silk dupioni, for instance and won't necessarily shred at the seams, but it has the hand of charmeuse and might just kind of wrinkle and look limp (underlining might help with that, but I don't find it to be a true panacea).

**Edited to Add** Here is the project I made with it, a tie-neck blouse. The photos might give you some idea of the hand and drape. I have the turquoise color in stash awaiting inspiration...
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Date: 10/16/12 3:13 PM

@stitchywitch - I've seen a lot of 4-ply silk crepe at various online shops, and thought about it, but was afraid it might almost be too heavy for Truffle? What do you think? Also, where do you end up finding silk twill? Also Mood?

@Coconuts - I always find their weights listed to be so subjective, so I thought it was worth an ask here!

@Sewliz and nicegirl - Thanks for good descriptions of the fabric! Yes, nicegirl, Truffle is the dress you're describing. What would you underline with? Voile or batiste or...?

P.S. - Nicegirl, that top is so cute! And gives me a really good idea of how this fabric will behave - thank you!
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Date: 10/16/12 4:21 PM

Like I said, I've not found underlining will truly transform the character of a fabric. But if you want to give it a try I would go with silk organza. You're going to need some crispness for a fitted bodice that a soft fabric (like batiste) won't give you.

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Date: 10/16/12 4:57 PM

Yup, makes sense. Thanks for the rec! :)

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Date: 10/16/12 6:00 PM

I purchased this at G's Fabric in D.C., where it was listed as a twill. It was not-quite-sheer, but I underlined it with silk organza and lined it with silk crepe-de-chine (from FabricMart I believe).

It was slightly more wrinkly than a silk charmeuse dress that I made at the same time, but it ironed out beautifully. I think with Colette Truffle, however, I'd want something that drapes a little bit more. To me, this was fairly crisp--e.g, knife sharp pleats.

IMHO, I'd go with charmeuse. It's the go-to fancy-dress fabric, and I didn't find it difficult to sew at all, despite the majority's opinion. I have a big cutting mat and a rotary cutter, and I simply laid it out and hand-tacked my underlining to it.

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silk charmeuse
silk twill
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Date: 10/16/12 6:43 PM

Radiance is gorgeous but super lightweight-- not as substantial as some of the other cotton silk blends that I'm used to. For instance, I one got a beautiful piece of heavyweight silk/cotton from Vogue Fabrics in Evanston. Cottony on one side, silky-satiny on the other and about the thickness of denim. Gorgeous deep gray color and I still have it in my stash, LOL. I've also bought some lovely silk/cotton shirtings from FashionFabricsClub which are blended fibers. The fabrics have a slight sheen (sort of like Sea Island Cotton maybe?) and a softer drape than plain cotton and all are thicker than Radiance.

I do doll sewing so I appreciate the strong but thin quality of Radiance. The satin on one side and cotton on the other also a appeals to me for some reason and the colors are really gorgeous-- nice and rich. For human sewing tho, I like heavier fabrics. I think you could make Radiance work if you are really dead set on the idea, but personally, I would recommend something less lightweight.

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