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Date: 4/16/13 12:52 PM

Have a few questions on fabrics-store.com. I did a search on this site, but came up with very little information. I want to get linen for my renaissance faire out. Some linen may be coming from another source, but I will need more. A ren faire skirt, chemise and bodice eat a lot of fabric:) I'm really curious to know about their quality, since the prices seem very good. I need handkerchief linen for a bodice, which is not a fabric I can find in local stores. If I get lucky on a trip to Fabric mart store I can score some nice linen, love their store. I can want to stay away from cotton for this outfit, so linen is my friend. Inevitably we end up doing at least one trip to the faire in August, which is always hot and humid. So I want something I can be comfortable in, which puts linen at the top of my list. And opinions or feedback is welcome.
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Date: 4/16/13 1:37 PM

There are five formal reviews here at pr, and quite a few favorable mentions in the Message Board, too.

I myself have bought from them. They send generous samples to help you make up your mind, the fabric quality is very high, and their shipping is fast.

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Date: 4/16/13 5:31 PM

I am a longtime, completely satisfied Fabrics-store.com customer. In addition to their free swatches, they also have frequent sales (heavyweight linen is on sale ATM), and you earn loyalty points every time you shop. The linen damask in my avatar corset I ended up getting for free. If you want to see photos of their fabric in action, pretty much everything linen on my dress diary is from Fabrics-store.com. I've ordered from them so often over the years that occasionally they'll toss nice freebies into my order (like their ILO10 color card). When I've had to contact them with questions, they've always responded promptly.

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I need handkerchief linen for a bodice,


Did you mean to say that? Handkerchief linen is the appropriate weight for chemises, coifs, ruffs, and petticoats... but it wouldn't be my first (or, really, any) choice for a bodice. The dresses on my site are all made from their 5.3 oz medium weight linen (ILO19), which is sturdy enough to stand up to boning & lacing, but so lusciously soft and breezy for skirts. My husband likes their linen/cotton blend, which he thinks feels just a little more substantial than the ILO19. I used it for this skirt and my skirt here. In contrast, you can see how sheer the hankyweight linen is here, and especially in the apron here.

ETA: Obviously YMMV, but I've found that the color swatches shown are very accurate on my monitor, for whatever that's worth! I still like to get their swatches, though. :)
-- Edited on 4/16/13 5:36 PM --

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Date: 4/16/13 5:36 PM

I only saw one review when I searched for them and nothing on the message boards. Which means either I misspelled it or entered it incorrectly.Sigh. I did try to do that before I asked the questions though. Thanks for the help on that the you own feedback too.
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Date: 4/16/13 5:55 PM

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I am a longtime, completely satisfied Fabrics-store.com customer. In addition to their free swatches, they also have frequent sales (heavyweight linen is on sale ATM), and you earn loyalty points every time you shop. The linen damask in my avatar corset I ended up getting for free. If you want to see photos of their fabric in action, pretty much everything linen on my dress diary is from Fabrics-store.com. I've ordered from them so often over the years that occasionally they'll toss nice freebies into my order (like their ILO10 color card). When I've had to contact them with questions, they've always responded promptly.



[QUOTE]I need handkerchief linen for a bodice,




Did you mean to say that? Handkerchief linen is the appropriate weight for chemises, coifs, ruffs, and petticoats... but it wouldn't be my first (or, really, any) bodice.choice for a The dresses on my site are all made from their 5.3 oz medium weight linen (ILO19), which is sturdy enough to stand up to boning & lacing, but so lusciously soft and breezy for skirts. My husband likes their linen/cotton blend, which he thinks feels just a little more substantial than the ILO19. I used it for this skirt and my skirt here. In contrast, you can see how sheer the hankyweight linen is here, and especially in the apron here.



ETA: Obviously YMMV, but I've found that the color swatches shown are very accurate on my monitor, for whatever that's worth! I still like to get their swatches, though. :)
-- Edited on 4/16/13 5:36 PM -- [/quote]
No I did not mean to say that!:) The brain is not working lately and it shows when I talk or type. I want the handkerchief linen for my chemise, sturdy and comfy. I've been using cotton and I want to switch to linen. Not only more comfortable but more period. I wouldn't mind linen for at least the outside layer of the bodice. Right now I'm looking for a pretty outer layer, inner layer and lining. I'm planning on fully boning it, my first try at doing so. I'm not sure I'm up for a corset yet. It would be nice for my first go at making my own complete costume if I can make it out of the best materials I can manage. I just wanted to double check about them because their prices are so good, wanted to know if the materials were quality, nice to see they are. Fortunately I have quite a bit of time to work on this, the Pa Renaissance Faire opens August 3. And the chemise and skirt are both pretty easy, the bodice will be a challenge for me.
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Date: 4/16/13 5:56 PM

Sorry about the wild quoting, obviously I need to practice that
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Date: 4/16/13 8:34 PM

I've ordered several swatches from them in various weights just to have for future projects. I like to "feel" the fabric before I actually purchase. That said... I ordered 2 separate pieces from them for two very different projects. Light weight (3oz) for a blouse, and a heavy weight for jeans. They have washed up beautifully! I will definitely be ordering from them again. I highly recommend them.

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Date: 4/16/13 9:18 PM

I would advise testing out the swatches first, so you can see if you like the texture and weight. The linens that I have tried from fabrics-store (in various weights from heavy to handkerchief) were on the coarse/open weave side of things. Sometimes this is what you want, and sometimes not. I'd consider the ones I bought to be midgrade in quality, but definitely nicer than, say, linen from Joann.

I've also bought some linens from Fabric Mart, which are more variable in quality, some of them exceptionally nice, others of medium quality.

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Date: 4/16/13 10:42 PM

Quote: ahrizel
Sorry about the wild quoting, obviously I need to practice that

Mary

It's not you! There's something goofy with the quote interface on the board software, and it acts up if you try to quote more than one thing. :)

Their hankyweight linen makes beautiful chemises. (And just again with the the "it's not you," in my post I said something about the ILO10 color card--I meant ILO19! )

Good luck with your garb!

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