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Light, drapey wovens for pants
Not too heavy, not too light (or sheer)
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Date: 3/19/14 9:16 AM

If I wanted to make pants like the StyleArc Lola or Tessuti Suzy, what type of fabric do I look for (online stores)? The lighter wovens are described as sheer, or semi-sheer, or needing a lining. The heavier ones (bottomweights) are just too heavy for summer type pants. I'm looking at rayons and polyesters in prints. I don't want a lining. What do I search for?

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Date: 3/19/14 10:29 AM

I would look for a rayon challis or Brussels Washer linen (a blend of linen and rayon). If you can find it, tencel would work nicely too. One of my favorite fabrics for summer is a rayon twill but they are increasingly hard to find. Happy hunting.

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Date: 3/19/14 12:07 PM

I second challis. I'm going to be making a drapey pant using black challis. Soon hopefully :)

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Date: 3/19/14 3:10 PM

So something like this (I picked a random print) would work, even though the description says using it for a dress would need a lining?
Fabric.com challis print

I really don't want to order something, make it up and end up showing my underpants to the world
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Date: 3/19/14 3:36 PM

Pretty fabric. I would worry about this being too lightweight for pants so this is the perfect time to order a swatch to see and feel it. Rayon in a slightly heavier weight will wrinkle less than the very lightweight. Perhaps Nakisha has experience with Fabric.com's challis?

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Date: 3/19/14 3:51 PM

If you can find a rayon batik that you like, it will be drapery, soft, washable, and opaque. It might not be a good fabric match for the patterns you have in mind, but if you underline it with rayon Ambiance, it will give the side seams more strength without losing the softness of the rayon.

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Date: 3/19/14 4:41 PM

I don't order much from them... I do have several rayon challis prints from FabricMart that are lightweight yet completely opaque.

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Date: 3/19/14 4:46 PM

Detroy, from the description it sounds like it would be really lightweight... too light weight for pants. JMO.

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Date: 3/19/14 8:02 PM

Any time that fabric.com uses lightweight or very lightweight beware that it's really going to be thin! Ask me how I know.

If you're looking for a print I agree with the suggestion of a batik. Soft, drapey and perfect for a pair of summer pants.

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Date: 3/19/14 9:13 PM

Rayon challis is not a good fabric for pants. It's too loosely woven. I really like rayon crepe if you can find it. RPL would work since it has nice drape but it's a tight enough weight not to bag out. Of course there is always silk crepe or crepe de chine. You really should look for a tight weave for pants so that the rear end doesn't bag out.

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