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Date: 7/9/10 5:35 AM

I can't wear polyester tops but I love the look of satin.

What fabric is a good substitue? I try to stick to natural, breathable fabrics like cotton and linen.

The silk choices are limited in my area. I'm going fabric shopping tomorrow morning and would love some suggestions.

Thanks!!

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Date: 7/9/10 6:17 AM

Unfortunately silk satin is about the only natural fabric that has the shine, drape and crisp colours that you see in poly satin.

You sometimes see satins in viscose (rayon) which is breathable, but these are often very flimsy. Don't be sucked in by viscose or acetate lining fabrics - they look really nice but don't work as fashion fabric (they crease like crazy, and the colours change over time).

However keep an eye out for for soft drapy sometimes shiny fabrics labelled "microfibre". This is a manufacturing technique and is sometimes made out of rayon. You'll need to check the content carefully as microfibre is more commonly poly or nylon.

Another idea that may help is to underline poly satin in cotton gauze or cotton batiste. This will put a breathable layer next to your skin, but it will make the fabric behave as if it is a thicker version.

Good luck with your shopping.

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Date: 7/9/10 10:22 AM

I have enjoyed the cotton sateen that Calvin Klein uses, although it has a fairly firm hand. It's cool and easy-care, though, and I see that FabricMart has some on their website now.

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Date: 7/9/10 11:24 AM

I can't find many silks in my area, either, but you can get very, very nice silks via the internet. For future shopping, you might want to look at reliable sources like Thai Silks, or Gorgeous Fabrics. Many more online fabric stores have been discussed here at pr, and most of them offer samples so that you can be sure about what you're getting.

It's sad that for many of us nowadays, we can't just pop over to our local fabric store and buy something nice, because fabrics stores have alas simply disappeared from many regions.

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Date: 7/9/10 6:20 PM

Thank you everyone for your responses.

Does rayon react the same as poly in that it makes you smell funny? Even when I iron a polyester, cotton mix, I can SMELL the polyester and I just can't stand it.

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Date: 7/10/10 5:59 AM

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Does rayon react the same as poly in that it makes you smell funny? Even when I iron a polyester, cotton mix, I can SMELL the polyester and I just can't stand it.

No - it behaves more like cotton - so you might get sweat stains instead :)

If you are considering adding viscose/rayon to you list of fabrics a few things to know:
Rayon is a trade name for viscose - so the are the same thing.
The good stuff:
* Its made from wood fibre - which is why in most respects it behaves like natural fibre.
* Good quality stuff is comfortable to wear and keeps its colour longer than cotton
* Fine rayon knit is easier to work with than other fine knits.

The bad stuff:
* Woven rayon creases like crazy - by the middle of the day a rayon shirt looks like a dishrag. Rayon knit also creases worse than cotton knit - but not to an annoying level.
* There is a lot of cheap shirt weight rayons around - most budget RTW shirts are rayon rather than poly (in NZ anyway). It doesn't wear very well - it will wear out before a similar price cotton would. Although it will fade less over the same time.
* The manufacturing process is pretty hard on the environment - (dangerous chemicals, waste, etc) which is why it's not made in any of the first world countries any more. Decades before labour costs came into it, the costs to meet US or European health & environment standards meant the factories moved to India.

I'm very ambivalent about rayon. I've noticed that there are some high quality rayons around and the few I've used recnetly are great fabrics. But over the years I've learnt the hard way to avoid cheap rayon - its not worth all the ironing and the green/human costs are worse than cheap cotton out of China.

Anyway thats my rant for the week :)
Have fun shopping
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Date: 7/12/10 9:41 AM

Thank you so much Kayseri, for the information on Rayon!! I did purchase some linen/rayon blend -- not as a replacement for poly satin but for shirts and skirts.

I did however, pick up some gorgeous cotton stain mix at 1/2 price at $9.00/yd. It's super soft and washed well, even threw it in the dryer! It's thinner than satin but I'm very happy with it. Now looking for a pattern to use with it.

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