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Date: 5/30/12 10:03 PM

My neighbor said rayon/Lycra knits must be my favorite fabric, since I have so much of it, sew so much of it, wear so much of it...and buy so much of it.

But actually, it doesn't make my Top 5 Fave Fabrics list.

1. Wool flannel
2. Wool crepe
3. Wool cashmere
4. Silk Dupioni
5. Boiled wool

(6 is silk charmeuse)

If there's one thing I have more of than rayon/Lycra knit fabrics, it's all of the above. That's partly coz I'm a very slow suit sewer...and partly coz I only have space for so many suits each year (and fabrics take up less space than clothes, bwahahahaha!)

Knits are certainly on my Top 10, and they're what I wear on a daily basis, at least in tops and Jammies.

Anyhoo...what are your Top 5 Fave Fabrics?

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Date: 5/30/12 11:21 PM

That's a tough question since so many fabrics are impractical for where I live.

Regardless,

Wool cashmere.
Silk chiffon
Silk burlap (Okay, this is a cheat, I'm waiting for the white to be restocked before I order, but I know I'm going to love it.)
Double faced wool.
Quality cottons with small amount of Lycra, I just can't get over how tidy they stay throughout the day - no saggy elbows, no baggy knees.

I'm a pushover for border prints.
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Date: 5/30/12 11:31 PM

Hmmm...I love so many fabrics that it's hard to pick. I guess if I go with what I use the most it would be 4-ply silk crepe, silk crepe, silk jersey, linen, and wools. I sew alot of knits too. I like the metallics from EOS and the ponte. I have tons of silk though- tweeds, linens, crepes, charmeuse, voile.

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Date: 5/30/12 11:44 PM

I collected silk fabrics for years while living in Europe, and my very favorite is quite a rare one...an off-white silk boucle. It's absolutely heavenly! I've never seen 100% silk boucle before or since. If I could, it would be in my #1 spot!

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Date: 5/30/12 11:45 PM

You will love silk burlap, it's a dream to sew and press.

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Date: 5/31/12 0:02 AM

I can't narrow it down to five, but Lynn's list is pretty close. I'd throw nylon gabardine (military surplus clothing), modal jersey, leather, and wax coated anything in as contenders.

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Date: 5/31/12 6:00 AM

Ponteknit
Boiled wool
Wool jersey
Leather
Wool gabardine

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Date: 5/31/12 7:43 AM

OO, you Canadian ladies must be cold all the time with wool preferences. It itches me, but then I don't have to wear suits or blazers anymore.

Linen blends, challis because the prints are subdued-not wild, soft knits, lawn, and fun cotton prints for GK's.

Anyone know about Viscose/sources? Supposedly different than other rayons--dry clean or hand-wash. I have a lovely RTW top made in India. Feels like a challis with more body, but still cool for summer. I don't think I've ever seen it in the usual stores.

I'm finding some ITY knits purchased online can be heavy, just had to
shorten an ankle-length summer skirt because the weight was oppressive. What % blends do you look for?



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Date: 5/31/12 8:49 AM

Sounds divine!

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Date: 5/31/12 9:59 AM

Hmmm. I live where it is hot, so although I love sewing with wool, I don't wear it often. My absolute fabric have is Cotton Lawn. It is lightweight, easy to sew, drapes beautifully, and is washable! So, the fabrics I love to wear and/or sew are:
1. Cotton Lawn
2. Rayon Knit
3. Linen
4. silk dupioni
5. Everything else!!!
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