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Date: 4/18/11 5:45 PM

Is it just me or is finding the right fabric one of the most difficult component in sewing? I was roaming all over Manhattan last week trying to find a suitable alternative to crepe de chine. I'm quite new at this and I've really never ventured further than plain cottons. Is there a good crepe de chine alternative? Crepe de chine is way too fine and expensive for me.

This is the pattern I will be using: I like the black version.

Also, would jersey or spandex blends be acceptable for something like this? Btw, the pattern doesn't say anything about using stretch fabrics.

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Date: 4/18/11 8:03 PM

Definitely not a pattern that can be made with stretch fabric. I'd look for a polished cotton with some spandex if you're looking for a little stretch. Also if you take the pattern or even a scan of the picture with you someone at the fabric stores can help.

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Date: 4/18/11 8:14 PM

Really? Not even polyester jersey?

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Date: 4/18/11 8:28 PM

Based on the drawing I am a definite, positive no. You'll be unhappy with how it fits if you use a stretch fabric. Patterns and fit are totally different for woven vs. knit fabrics.

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Date: 4/18/11 8:42 PM

I've subbed rayon challis for crepe de chine with success. You can also get poly crepe de chine, though I haven't used it.

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Date: 4/18/11 9:18 PM

Rayon challis is what I'd recommend also.

I've never tried poly crepe de chine, but I would imagine it wouldn't sew up very nicely, if my experience with poly charmeuse is any indication.

If you're in NYC, check out Paron's Annex... you might be able to find some silk crepe de chine for a good price.

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Date: 4/19/11 11:37 AM

Rayon crepe vintage prints would be perfect, easy with which to work, and there is a wonderful collection of vintage reproductions available here for $10 per yard
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Date: 4/19/11 3:16 PM

Thanks all. This is big help since I'm so clueless about fabrics. I think crepe de chine is much too fine and I want to make something I can wear during the day. Therefore, something a bit more casual looking.

Btw, I really like Paron because their stock is not so overwhelming and the annex section is great. I picked up a few yards of Christian Dior striped fabric recently and made a jacket out of it and I really love it.

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Date: 4/19/11 3:46 PM

I think the shorter skirt/sleeves will probably be more practical for daywear. And I agree with Sharon; a nice crisp cotton sateen would work nicely here.

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Date: 4/19/11 5:09 PM

Rayon crepe is heavier than silk crepe de chine - it has the I'm dressed for the day in Hawaii the day before pearl harbor sort of feel - its definitely right for day wear.

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