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Date: 10/17/13 3:03 PM

Soon I will be making a dress to wear to a wedding that my husband will be standing up in. I came across a sheer voile curtain on eBay. Will sheer voile work for a dress? what fabric is it closest to?

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Date: 10/18/13 12:15 PM

I have used all sorts of home dec products for things way outside their intended purpose... but in general I stay away from sheer curtains. They're usually 100% synthetic (to resist sun damage); and much stiffer and scratchier than you'd want any clothing item to be; with an unruly, springy hand. You could look at "sheer voile" curtain panels at most stores like Target or Bed/Bath/Beyond to get a sense of what this fabric would be like.

*Garment* voile, OTOH, is a lightweight, floaty fabric--usually cotton or silk or a blend thereof--lighter than lawn and somewhat similar in hand to chiffon. If you were determined to use a sheer synthetic, I think you'd be happier with a poly chiffon than with the ebay curtain.

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~Gem in the prairie

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Date: 10/19/13 2:16 PM

Where can I get inexpensive but good quality chiffon? Most of what was drawing me to the curtain was the fact I could get more than enough fabric for about $10 including shipping. (I am leaning toward black or navy for my dress) but I want to keep it as inexpensive as possible since the last tux my husband rented was almost $200. (of course that was 5 or 6 years ago and a smaller bridal party. the groom's tux was free)

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Date: 2/10/14 6:59 AM

Love the smaller subdued prints and coolness of voile/lawn type fabrics for summer, but I've had some wadders as they were frustrating to work with, even using French seams, etc.
Would appreciate any of your tips! (no serger)

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