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Fabric for woven cami?
Needs to be cool and "slippery"
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Date: 5/13/13 5:41 PM

I have recently purchased a number of pretty light weight knit fabrics that I plan to use for a variety of summer tops, but they are quite sheer. Rather than try to line them, I thought I would make a few camies to wear with them.

I don't have good luck with knit camies. So, I would like to make woven camies with a bias cut Kwik Sew pattern I have. The problem is what fabric to use?? I need something cool but also slippery enough to allow the outer garment to drape properly. Any ideas?

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Date: 5/13/13 11:09 PM

The only cool slippery wovens I can think of are silk or rayon.

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Date: 5/14/13 8:05 AM

Thank you, Diane S! I guess I'll try making a cami of each fabric and see which one works best.

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Date: 5/14/13 10:19 AM

Remember that rayon loses it's strength when wet, which means if you perspire a lot, it will sheared in time, where the silk is not so suseptable to that problem.
You can also use a fine cotton lawn, but it is hard to find.

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Date: 5/14/13 1:11 PM

Most of the RTW cami-under-shear-blouses that I have are lightweight poly-satin. Basically the same stuff they use for RTW lining fabric. And yes, they are cut on the bias. Except for one that I have that came with a cotton knit tank (which is odd because the blouse is woven!)

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Date: 5/14/13 2:01 PM

You could also, if you have enough material cut the body double and single for sleeves. Marcy Tilton has a nice tutorial on her website on how to cut and sew the body double.

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Date: 5/14/13 3:31 PM

Thank you, ladies! Such good information.

Pamela R, I first thought of rayon lining fabric, because I use it frequently, but I have noticed that bemberg is clingy and sticky in humid weather...definitely not what I want in a cami. I had no idea that rayon would weaken when wet--good to know.

Donna H, I would not have thought something called poly satin would be cool, but a very light weight would probably be fine. Good idea :-)

Nancy K, doubling the torso pieces is another great idea that might work for some of the knits I have. Thanks for the M. Tilton tip; I'll be checking that out!

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Date: 5/14/13 4:14 PM

You could try very fine Batiste or a cotton voile but I would steer clear of polyester satin as it can be quite hot and sticky in warm weather.

Cupro or artificial silk is great and allthough it is a little more expensive than other lining materials I always find it money well spent.

I have just thought; I don't know if cupro is available in America as I can only get it from John Lewis.
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Date: 5/15/13 1:11 PM

Cupro is the same as our bemberg rayon lining fabric, Ambience is the brand name that I've used. It's fairly easy to find online. Thanks for the suggestion!

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Date: 5/15/13 6:17 PM

I thought rayon was stronger when wet and silk was weakened by perspiration.

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