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Date: 6/30/12 3:32 PM

I would like to make a white skirt to wear to work. Every time I try one on in a store, the material is so thin, that I put it back on the rack.

I will line whatever it is. It I am unsure what would work well - not wrinkle too much, and not be too thin.

I would also consider 100% cotton denim but would that be too stiff? They are marked as bull denim and some ounce measurement.

I could not locate any in denim with a little stretch.

Since I have not made anything to wear in a while, I would like something I can buy at Joann's before I order any of the beautiful material I see on line.

I am thinking a straight skirt or pencil skirt.

Thanks for any advice you might have!

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Date: 6/30/12 3:46 PM

Some woven rayon and linen blend would be nice for summer. It washes on the delicate cycle and dries with no wrinkles.

I have made skirts from denim before, and been pleased with the results. If you make a skirt of 100% cotton, be sure to pre-shrink your fabric.

When you choose your lining, it is best to choose a thinner weight than the skirt fabric. The lining fabric should be soft and flexible. Under white fabric, a pale beige is better for a lining than white. Check it out in the store to see what I mean.

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Date: 6/30/12 3:55 PM

For the see-thru issue, I wear a flesh color 1/2 slip and that solves a lot. "My" Joann's has stretch denim. That particular shelf gets used plenty and things are not always put under the right sign. Ask for sales help. Especially if you're using a coupon, get it confirmed that what you are buying is on sale and not excluded. As me how I know.

For the wrinkle factor- crush some of the fabric in your hand and see what happens. Some lycra will help with that too. Since you're going for a slim style, maybe consider a structured knit like a Ponte de Roma? Another way to avoid wrinkles.

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Date: 6/30/12 4:59 PM

I just finished a white skirt. Rather than line the skirt or wear a half-slip, I underlined it in a flesh tone fabric. That keeps the seam allowances from shining through. Unfortunately, my fabric is super wrinkly and I'm not sure how many wears I'll get out of it.

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Date: 6/30/12 6:52 PM

I love the idea of white skirts and pants/capris. But I have this awful feeling I'll end up sitting sitting on something and getting up with dirt on my butt How do you keep from getting smudges and marks on your white "below the waist" clothing? I like the idea of white denim or the linen blend.

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Date: 6/30/12 7:00 PM

If you're wanting to wear a white skirt because it's summer, as in "heat", I'd like to steer you away from the denim, as it doesn't breathe well, and sitting in it for a long period of time might cause problems. What I suggest is making a half slip out of georgette. The georgette allows your body to breathe, is drapey up against just about anything, and you feel really feminine in it.

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Date: 6/30/12 8:04 PM

Actually, denim is a good choice year-round. It's usually all cotton so it breathes well AND you can safely bleach it if you do sit in something. Also, if you get a stain that you truly can't get out, the cotton takes fabric dyes very well, and you can try out all those fancy decorative dye techniques and the skirt will have a new lease on life. Just know that even with dye, you will need to use a mottled effect technique to really hide a stain. I found this very useful after I wore new white jeans while horseback riding at a rental place that had apparently never heard of saddle soap.

The term bull denim means colored or dyed denim. The term denim means a twill weave fabric made of white yarns in the crosswise weave and indigo-overdyed yarns in the lengthwise weave. Even though the denim may be white, it is still called bull denim because true denim is always blue over white.

The ounce measurement is really useful. It is the weight in ounces of one yard of the fabric. The smaller the number of ounces, the lighter and thinner the fabric. If you're making an A-line or wrap denim skirt and you want some drape and swing, you would choose a lower ounce denim. If you are making a straight skirt with a tailored look or some pants that will see hard wear (like for a boy who will wear them skateboarding) you want the higher ounce denim. But even a light-weight denim is going to be sturdier than say chambray, broadcloth or quilting cotton.

If you really want some stretch and you can't find stretch denim (which I wouldn't waste my money on anyway, I've seen what it looks like when the stretch gives out in some parts of a garment before the rest of it, so not pretty), then look for a straight skirt pattern in a wrap style and incorporate some sneaky elasticizing under the overwrap portion. I had a denim wrap skirt once that had three different buttons on each side of the waist so you could really control the waistline. I LOVED that skirt and wore it more than a decade...how's that for classic styling? If I could still fit into it, I'd still be wearing it.

So my bottom line is, don't be afraid of the denim, but stay away from the highest ounces and it will make a very nice straight skirt which you can probably wear year-round. It would look equally great at a summer picnic with a flutter-sleeved Madras cotton top or Christmas time with a red and white sweater, or for Hannukkah with a silver and blue sweater.
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Date: 6/30/12 8:19 PM

I have a white skort from cotton twill, a pair of white cotton linen pants (unlined, which means careful underwear (flesh-tone spanx!)), and a pair of white double-layered cotton gauze pants that I wear in the summer. Love them all.

Dirt has yet to be a problem that can't be resolved with a run through the washer with or without some Dawn dishwashing liquid as a pre-treater.

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Date: 6/30/12 10:09 PM

Check Joanns for 1) Cotton Wrinkle-ease (I used for nursing scrubs) 2) Stretch cotton poplin 3) Stretch cotton twill. They are all usually found together in the same area as denims. If you're using white I suggest investing in a spray can of Scotchguard to protect from stains.

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Date: 7/1/12 2:15 AM

As to stains, when I wear white I'm more conscious of where I sit down compared to jeans. However, I once wore white linen pants and went berry picking with a bunch of 10-year olds. I took a lot of ribbing for that, especially when the inevitable happened. Dawn to the rescue. With white, I spot clean and launder more often.

Georgette half slip- that combines 2 things I love and have never put together. I find georgette to be heavenly and I'm a confirmed wearer of slips. A perfect combo- thanks!

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