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Date: 9/14/13 5:11 PM

While browsing fabric.com I found this description:

"This embroidered rayon batik fabric has a beautiful full bodied drape. [...] Perfect for creating stylish shirts, blouses, drapey jackets, gathered skirts or fuller dresses with a lining."

In my head the full-bodied part is at odds with the drapey part. I searched Google for this term but didn't find an explanation, just pages and pages of other fabric listings.

So I'm hoping one of you lovely people can spell it out for me: is this fabric stiff or floppy? :)

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Subject: Full bodied drape - what does it mean? Date: 9/14/13 6:07 PM

The fact that it's rayon suggests to me that while the fabric feels substantial, it will drape into attractive loose folds, without being clingy.

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Subject: Full bodied drape - what does it mean? Date: 9/14/13 7:42 PM

Ah, the infamous Fabric.com drape descriptions! LOL We've discussed this here before--I think the specific question was what they meant by "full-fold drape." One PR person finally emailed Customer Service, and the person responding said, "I have no idea what that means, either!"

FWIW, I don't find "full body" and "drapey" necessarily at odds; think about something like velvet--a good quality silk velvet (which is in large part rayon) is going to be nice and weighty, but with gorgeous drape. Or a midweight drapery fabric like damask.

But in this specific case, I wouldn't expect it to be *too* heavy; it sounds like it's a little bit heavier than a challis, so "buyer beware and don't be surprised if it's heavier than you expected," but still garment-weight. (How do they describe the weight? Sometimes that can help, too.)
-- Edited on 9/14/13 7:42 PM --

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Subject: Full bodied drape - what does it mean? Date: 9/15/13 11:26 AM

Rayon batik maybe twice as heavy as challis, and it is definitely easier to work with. It drapes like you would expect a heavier challis to drape.

I see that the specific fabric referred to is a rayon/cotton blend, and embroidered to boot, all of which will affect the drape. Probably the cotton content and embroidery will make the fabric less drapey.

Lovely fabric!
Rayon/cotton embroidered batik
-- Edited on 9/15/13 11:58 AM --

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