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One is chambray and the other is a linen/rayon blend
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Date: 3/1/14 2:39 PM

I have a gift card to Joann's, so I am thinking of buying fabric to sew another skirt. There are two that are really pretty:

Maritime Club Fabric

Fashion Linen Fabric

The first is chambray, while the second is a linen/rayon blend. I've never sewed anything except cotton lawn, quilting cotton, and flannel, so I'm not sure if these fabrics would be difficult for me. The chambray might be too heavy for my machine (I have a Brother Sew Affordable, which some people say cannot handle denim) and the linen/rayon blend might behave more like a knit.

Can any experienced sewists advise me on which one might be easier to sew?

I could also just abandon the whole idea of buying fabric there, and spend the gift card on tools or notions.

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Date: 3/1/14 2:45 PM

Both of these fabrics are pretty straightforward. I make shirts out of chambray all the time, and the linen blend sounds nice (though I usually stick with 100% linen). Both will press well, though I would be sure to use a press cloth with the rayon blend. I'm not sure about your machine, but I really don't anticipate you having any trouble with either of them, as neither should be anywhere near the thickness of a denim.

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Date: 3/1/14 3:28 PM

Is this your machine?

Just follow the chart in the manual for thread and needle recommendations and you should do just fine.

Before starting any project take a scrap of the fabric you will be using. Fold so there are two layers and test the stitching to see if the stitch length needs to be changed. Usually the thicker the fabric the longer the stitch length needs to be as it will need to cover more depth.



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Date: 3/1/14 6:11 PM

I'm not sure the first is really a chambray shirting fabric. I think they're describing the color as being chambray navy and white. The fabric looks to be heavier than chambray shirting and should work well for making a skirt. I like both of your choices and don't think either should be a problem for your sewing machine.

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Date: 3/1/14 6:35 PM

Such pretty fabrics! You should buy them both. :)

I agree with dmh; these are both very basic light/medium-weight wovens that should be a snap for you. They will behave very similar to the fabrics you've worked with already. The linen/rayon will shrink, and it might shrink A LOT. I would be a little rougher on it in your pre-treating than the care instructions advise, and then wash the finished garment accordingly afterward.

I am curious, however, what made you think this:

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and the linen/rayon blend might behave more like a knit.


Behave like a knit, in what way? Did you see this fabric in person? I don't think I've ever encountered a linen knit at JA. It shouldn't stretch, curl at the cut edges, hug the body like a knit, or have any kind of recovery.

I know fabric knowledge isn't always intuitive (my husband, to this day, doesn't really understand the difference between knits and wovens); you might spend a couple of hours doing nothing but prowling through the aisles, feeling yardage, reading bolt ends, and envisioning finished projects. Or grab a few patterns at random and go find the recommended fabrics. Eventually you'll become more proficient at mentally matching fabric to garment use (although you can still be surprised by Internet purchases!).

And for what it's worth, my first machine was an entry-level Brother, and it could probably sew through brick if I asked it to. They have a reputation as sturdy little workhorses--don't underestimate it!

Have fun!


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Date: 3/1/14 7:47 PM

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I could also just abandon the whole idea of buying fabric there, and spend the gift card on tools or notions.


Never abandon the idea of buying fabric!

I don't think you'll have any problem sewing either of those fabrics as long as you use the right needle. Always do a sample seam.

I've seen and touched both of those fabrics in the store. The chambray is slightly heavier than the linen/rayon blend but either one would make a fabulous skirt.

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Date: 3/1/14 7:54 PM

Rayon challis and rayon mixes are among my favorite fabrics; I love the hand and the relative ease of sewing.

I'd hate to tell you the percentage of rayon in my stash.

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Date: 3/1/14 8:06 PM

Well, I can say I have seen both fabrics IRL.

The first one is not shirting chambray, but is not like a light weight denim. It would be fine for a skirt and your machine should be able to handle it. Use an appropriately sized needle, maybe a 12.

The second fabric is a bit lighter weight. You might want to consider a lining if you use it for a skirt. That really is not hard to do. Just use the same skirt pattern pieces to cut out the lining. Make both, insert zip in the fashion fabric skirt, then slip the lining in so that the wrong sides are facing one another, do your waist treatment, tack the lining around the zipper, hem and you are done.

There are also tons of tutorials available to help.

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Date: 3/1/14 8:28 PM

It's too bad they don't list the weight of the fabric in ounces. The blue one looks more like a denim in the picture. I really like the floral print; very pretty! It's fiber content should make it easy to sew. Rayon is one of my favorites.

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Date: 3/2/14 3:17 PM

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Behave like a knit, in what way? Did you see this fabric in person? I don't think I've ever encountered a linen knit at JA. It shouldn't stretch, curl at the cut edges, hug the body like a knit, or have any kind of recovery.


I really don't know much about rayon, and for some reason I was under the impression that it was a stretchy fabric. Glad to hear that it's not!
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