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Date: 4/14/13 8:32 PM

Hi again all!
Thanks for all the help, I finished my first dress and wore it already! Yay! I am now looking at easier things to make for summer here in FL and want to try to make these crop pants. I am however, stuck on what fabric to use! I am a quilter, so quilting cotton is all I know. Would a light weight cotton twill like this work? Any better choices out there? Any good fabric sources? I prefer natural fibers or at least for the majority of the content to be natural but I am all ears about your experiences! I had a pair of capris in this style that I loved! I think they were made of some synthetic fiber but lining was cotton.So I suppose for easier care I can go that route but not sure how I can figure out the lining? Any ideas, thoughts, comment? I am all ears and thank you in advance!

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Date: 4/14/13 8:56 PM

Quote: candi7
Thanks for all the help, I finished my first dress and wore it already! Yay! I am now looking at easier things to make for summer here in FL and want to try to make these crop pants. I am however, stuck on what fabric to use! I am a quilter, so quilting cotton is all I know. Would a light weight cotton twill like this work? Any better choices out there? Any good fabric sources? I prefer natural fibers or at least for the majority of the content to be natural but I am all ears about your experiences! I had a pair of capris in this style that I loved! I think they were made of some synthetic fiber but lining was cotton.So I suppose for easier care I can go that route but not sure how I can figure out the lining? Any ideas, thoughts, comment? I am all ears and thank you in advance!

First, let me say congratulations. You joined the site in March and have completed a dress; I decided to get back to sewing in February and haven't completed a thing yet.

Second, thanks for the neat pattern suggestion. I've added it to my Wish List. I inherited some bottomweight cotton from my mother's stash and this would be a great pattern for it.

On the back cover of the pattern, it says lightweight denim and twill are suitable. That's a really bright color! I could never pull it off but more power to you - it will look playful and summer-y. I might wonder if the drawstrings would be too stiff, but since the pattern specifically lists those fabrics, I'll bet you're good to go.

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Date: 4/14/13 10:57 PM

Congrads on finishing your first dress Candi! I do not see any problems with using that fabric with that pattern It is lightweight, so I doubt you will have a problem with the drawstring. But I caution you to use a real drawstring, NOT a satin cord. Satin cording doesn't stay tied!

Also make SURE you prewash your fabric before cutting out the pattern, as its 100% cotton and will shrink!

Good LUCK!

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Date: 4/14/13 11:20 PM

The pattern doesn't call for a lining...are you planning on adding it?

If you want to venture away from cotton, linen would be a nice alternative.

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Date: 4/15/13 2:36 AM

Quote: Hauteaway

First, let me say congratulations. You joined the site in March and have completed a dress; I decided to get back to sewing in February and haven't completed a thing yet.



Second, thanks for the neat pattern suggestion. I've added it to my Wish List. I inherited some bottomweight cotton from my mother's stash and this would be a great pattern for it.



On the back cover of the pattern, it says lightweight denim and twill are suitable. That's a really bright color! I could never pull it off but more power to you - it will look playful and summer-y. I might wonder if the drawstrings would be too stiff, but since the pattern specifically lists those fabrics, I'll bet you're good to go.

Thank you:) I worked on the dress for close to a month:) It wasn't really a good beginner project lol but I managed and it looks decent:) And yes, that fabric is bright, not unusual for me I guess
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Date: 4/15/13 2:42 AM

Quote: KVF Designs
Congrads on finishing your first dress Candi! I do not see any problems with using that fabric with that pattern It is lightweight, so I doubt you will have a problem with the drawstring. But I caution you to use a real drawstring, NOT a satin cord. Satin cording doesn't stay tied!



Also make SURE you prewash your fabric before cutting out the pattern, as its 100% cotton and will shrink!



Good LUCK!

Thank for the advice and sorry if that is a stupid question, the pattern calls for twill tape, is this what I should use? and I will definetly pre-wash:)
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Date: 4/15/13 2:46 AM

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The pattern doesn't call for a lining...are you planning on adding it?



If you want to venture away from cotton, linen would be a nice alternative.

I have thought of linen and may make another one out of linen.
As far as lining, I really am not planning on lining it if I don't need to but I if I end up using synthetics I will. Actually, won't even know how to begin to line it lol, can't wait for the sewing book I ordered to get here to attempt to get a clue
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Date: 4/15/13 7:41 AM

I think that fabric would work perfectly! Just make sure you prewash it.

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Date: 4/15/13 7:48 AM

Congratulations on your accomplishment! As to your pants, a quilting cotton would work; I've made several crop pants out of this fabric. I think the twill might be too heavy for FL. One tip, though. Don't buy a very large print, otherwise it will accentuate all those "large areas". I learned this the hard way.

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Date: 4/15/13 10:20 AM

That's a cute pattern-I have it also Pants are a challenge to fit sometimes so I suggest you plan to make a muslin, or practice version before cutting into the best fabric. Keep us posted!!

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