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Date: 7/30/14 9:58 PM

This pattern comes with quite a few fabric suggestions, but I'd like to stick with the first one: 'laundered cottons'. You'd think that one would be easy for me, but I can't find anything other than quilting cotton or actual muslin that fits that description at my local store. I'm an extreme beginner and I've been having a hard time finding something that is easy to sew but is also affordable and is something I'll actually wear out of the house.
I'm really trying to stay away from prints or any fabrics with rumpliness built in, like seersucker, just to give myself a break. I have made a few tops from the quilting 'broadcloth' section at my local store and the drape was bad and rough for the projects I chose and so I tossed them. They worked as muslins but I'm really hoping to get a couple of things made I can wear out.
Solid, washable, thick enough that I don't need a tank underneath and not quilting cotton are my requirements.
I've been looking at shirting fabric on fabric.com and moodfabrics.com but they are kind of expensive. Would poplin be a good choice?
Also, would Kona or Wendover be a substantially different top experience than the standard quilting cotton it's next to in the store?
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Date: 7/30/14 10:33 PM

Hi Ubik

Any woven soft fabric would be nice. The pattern also suggests Voile, Lightweight Linen and crepe backed satin (or satin backed crepe depending on which side you use). I think Rayon would also be a good choice.

Quilting cottons are not all the same - some are lovely and soft and drapey, I have some that are like this for dress making but it all comes down to feel, so ordering online can be difficult.

Did you pre wash your quilting cotton ? The sizing (chemical) they finish some quilting cotton with can make it quite stiff.

I hope this helps - it is a really nice top.

Tanya

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Date: 7/31/14 0:50 AM

Rayon challis would be my choice. I love the stuff: easy to sew, easy to care for, nice hand. Just be sure and preshrink it thoroughly.

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Date: 7/31/14 0:58 AM

I did prewash, but only with cold water and Seventh Generation detergent followed up with white vinegar. I can't get hot water in my washing machine right now for some obscure reason that DH is "working on".
I did run one load of through with Surf detergent also, but the extra chemicals didn't seem to help.
I try to really dry my cottons to death in the dryer to shrink them up a bit. This seems to work for everything but the quilting cotton I get at Hancock Fabrics.

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Date: 7/31/14 1:03 AM

"Rayon challis would be my choice. I love the stuff: easy to sew, easy to care for, nice hand. Just be sure and preshrink it thoroughly."

I like it too, but I discolored it once with my iron and now I'm kind of scared of it. It's either water marks from the intermittent dripping (I know- I need a new iron) or a lightening of the color in random places that I can't explain.
So it's always sort of wrinkly when I work with it. I know, I know, I'm a sewing klutz.

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Date: 7/31/14 1:51 AM

what about lawn? I actually have this pattern in one of my European sewing mags but haven't made it up

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Date: 7/31/14 2:24 AM

Tigergirl - ooh yes, I bought some gorgeous Japanese lawn the other day - I was glad I had a coupon, it was not cheap.

Tanya

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Date: 7/31/14 3:22 AM

Would this one work? If it's like the cotton lawn shirts I've gotten in RTW, then it has a kind of linen-like drape but is sheer. Would I need to line it? I could just cut two of a piece, sew them together inside the SA and then treat them like one, right? Oof, I don't even know how to do that yet. I can see myself making a mess. Oh, and I would have to buy double yardage!
Anyway, thanks everyone for talking this out with me. I wish buying the right fabric for a project came a little easier to me.

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Date: 7/31/14 6:24 AM

That lawn in a deeper color probably would be opaque enough.

As to your initial post, poplin is typically heavier than the pattern needs and does not have the drape you want for this top.

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Date: 7/31/14 9:54 AM

For cotton choices, take a look at Fabric Finders.com - http://www.fabricfindersinc.com/.
They carry wonderful fine cotton fabrics , minimum wrinkling when washed, usually 54-60" wide, a little $$, but worth it! Might have to look for a solid that suits you, as most of their fabrics are print. If you're thinking of making the drape neck version, a rayon challis is perfect. Good luck, can't wait to see what you do!

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