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Date: 3/20/14 4:11 PM

I am looking at a fabric online that is described as "4 ounces per square yard."

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According to the description, this means that the fabric is "lightweight," but I am a bit confused about what that really means in practical terms. Is it lighter than quilting cotton? Light enough that it would need a lining if used to make a dress?

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Date: 3/21/14 0:05 AM

If the dress was full, probably no lining, maybe just the bodice. The problem with ounces is that there is no standard. Sometimes they use a square yard and sometimes a linear yard. So use it as a ballpark figure. Stretch denim is usually around 10oz and regular jeans denim around 14 oz.

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Date: 3/21/14 0:43 AM

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Is it lighter than quilting cotton? Light enough that it would need a lining if used to make a dress?


When you consider that in general denim runs about 8-12 oz per square yard, then 4 ounces per square yard is pretty light fabric. But a lightweight fabric that has a lot of thin threads per square inch would be less likely to need a lining for modesty than a gauzy openweave fabric weighing the same amount per square yard.

Mostly, it boils down to getting a swatch of any fabric into your hot little hand, and fortunately, many vendors do offer swatches.
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Date: 3/21/14 9:28 AM

Based on the vendor's garment suggestions for the fabric, it is shirting weight. Chambray usually is. It most likely it is a similar weight to quilting cottons. If you make it into a dress, lining of the skirt part would be needed if you don't wear a slip.

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Date: 3/22/14 4:25 PM

Parachute canopy ripstop nylon is usually 1.2 to 1.4 ounce/sq yd.

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Date: 3/22/14 6:31 PM

Thanks. It sounds like it might not be a great fabric for a dress, so I'll order a swatch and check it out before buying.

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Date: 3/22/14 9:15 PM

I think a 4oz. chambray would be perfect for a dress without lining. I've yet to see any chambray lined. As far as I'm concerned, it's a casual fabric meant to be worn just that way....unlined. Let us know when you get your swatch. BTW, I love chambray fabric. Good luck.

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