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Date: 11/8/13 4:40 PM

I'm searching for fabric for women's clergy robe that I'm working on. The fabric needs to be light-medium weight as there's a large amount of fabric and it goes over other clothing. It would also be nice for it to be wrinkle resistant, durable and easy to care for. I'm looking at this poplin or this broadcloth or anything else you would suggest. Thanks!

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Date: 11/8/13 9:04 PM

I would probably vote for the poplin... maybe slightly better quality???

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Date: 11/8/13 9:40 PM

I would vote for linen? You need something heavy enough to drape and hold its shape. Linen comes in many weights and being a natural fabric might be cooler than something else?
Have you looked at commercially made robes to see what they are being made out of?

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Date: 11/8/13 11:23 PM

The commercial sites sell 100% polyester ones.

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Date: 11/8/13 11:26 PM

Because of the volume of fabric in these robes, you want something that drapes well and collapses on itself nicely (especially if it's going over a woman's body), so think crepe or something drapey.
Note the fabric of these commercially available garments.

I don't think it has to be durable and suitable for hard wear or shoveling or fretting about the kind of problems nurses have. Priests, both male and female, are not involved in the kind of activities that would require frequent laundering of a ceremonial garment (as opposed to daily wear). Heck, you could make the robe of heavy silk (and the wearer would be very pleased).

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Date: 11/9/13 1:12 AM

Of the two you listed, I would opt for the poplin. It is 120" wide so you use less fabric than the other one which is only 45" wide. I would try it and see if it meets your expectations/requirements. You may then decide if you want to try something more expensive like linen or silk. Good luck with your robe!

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Date: 11/9/13 3:03 AM

The suggestions you name DO have polyester in them. As one who wears clergy 'uniform' from time to time, I would not use either of the fabrics you are thinking about as it would make the garment too heavy and not drapey for the project - plus the fabric is too dull/casual for the intended purpose. I would look at Elona's suggestions for fabric - definitely something more drapey and lightweight - keep in mind that not all lightweight is the same and depends on the actual fabric. I would definitely go to a fabric store in your area and actually 'feel' a sample of the fabric - or any fabric - you are suggesting before purchasing. This is a case, for me, that actually feeling the fabric is important before purchasing for a project to see if it meets my need for the garment. Good luck!

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Date: 11/9/13 11:44 AM

AtiyaAfi, touching fabric is how I buy all my fabrics. I haven't bought online in many years. I have to drive at least an hour to get to a decent store so I was being lazy and trying to buy online.

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Date: 11/9/13 12:04 PM

Are there any religious stores in your area that sell clergy attaire? A trip to one and seeing how one of the robes is made may help you make your decision on what fabric you will eventually purchase. Heck, I have to travel at least that amount of time and I have to use public transportation! Buut! I'm lucky that when I do shop, I have easy access to the garment district with several choices. :)
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Date: 11/9/13 12:29 PM

My first and only thaught is ..... wool in a light quality

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