Sewing Patterns, Pattern Review, Sewing Classes, Sewing Machines and Sewing Machine Reviews!
Platinum Sponsor: Stylish Fabric
Over 20,000 of high quality reorderable fabric

[SIGNUP - FREE Membership & 1 FREE Sewing Lesson ]
[Sewing Classes|Shopping Bag Your Shopping Bag|Login|Help]
Sewing Review and Pattern Reviews Sewing Knowledge Base Sewing Patterns Sewing Classes & Sewing Lessons Sewing Machine & Embroidery Machinery Sewing Message Boards Sewing merchants Blog Help/FAQ About Pattern Review
Enter your e-mail address:




Advanced Search
Tags
New to PR?
Sewing Machines
Compare Sewing Machines
Sewing Machine & Serger Reviews
Embroidery Machines
Sewing Reviews
Sewing Patterns
Review Gallery
Sewing Books
Sewing Supplies
Sewing Websites
Sewing Stores
Sewing Class Reviews
Sewing Expo Reviews
Sewing Tips & Techniques
Sewing Podcasts
NEW!Fabric Glossary
Sewing Review Requests Add a Review Request
Your Account
Edit Profile
My Page
Favorites
Wish List
Pattern Catalog
Notifications
Friends of PR
Join Friends of PR
Find a member
Deal Corner
Photo Album
Calendar
Chat Room
Chat Schedule
Chat Transcripts
Sewing Classifieds
Add a Classified
Sewing Contests
enter contest
contest report
contest gallery
Favorite Links
reviews with comments
merchant gallery
article archive
newsletter archive
Craft Resources
contact info
shipping rates
returns & refunds
testimonials

Platinum Sponsor - Stylish Fabric
Stylish Fabric
You are not logged in. Login here.



Message Board > Fabrics and more... > help me fabric shop ( Moderated by CynthiaSue)

Please LOGIN or Join PatternReview
Go to Page:
help me fabric shop
for a LBD
momtoesther
star
momtoesther
Intermediate
Member since 2/13/11
Posts: 69
Login to reply to this post

Date: 8/2/12 0:54 AM

I am working on burda 11-2011-123 dress (with the neckline raised!) and would love some help fabric shopping. I'm new to 'fancy' sewing and 99% of my stash is cotton lycra and denim :)
My budget is about $20/metre. I'm not planning on underlining, just lining. Will be shipping to CanadaLining suggestions would be great too.

MilongueraThreads
star
MilongueraThreads
Intermediate
TX USA
Member since 9/17/07
Posts: 375
Login to reply to this post

Date: 8/2/12 10:27 AM

That is a lovely looking dress. I say a wool or silk dupioni. You can wash the silk to make it softer.

Sewliz
star
Sewliz  Friend of PR
CO USA
Member since 6/22/04
Posts: 4315
Login to reply to this post

In reply to momtoesther <<
thumbsup 1 member likes this.


Date: 8/2/12 11:04 AM

An inexpensive option might be a polyester crepe back satin. You can use the satin side or the crepe side as the face. It's a common dressy fabric in the regular fabric stores so you might find it locally. Vogue Fabrics would be a good mail order source. They ship to Canada.

Sawyer Brook has excellent quality fabric. The people there know their fabric and are so very helpful in choosing the right fabric. They will send out swatches. Free in the US, not sure about Canada. A wool crepe would be classy and dressy.

------
Liz

thefittinglife.blogspot.com

momtoesther
star
momtoesther
Intermediate
Member since 2/13/11
Posts: 69
Login to reply to this post

Date: 8/2/12 11:39 AM

Do any of those fabrics REQUIRE underlining? A quick search of silk dupioni shows that it is often underlined with silk organza. I'm in in the middle of watching Susan Kalje's couture dress class, so I think I could handle the underlining, but would prefer to skip that if I can.

Would cotton sateen be an option? I'm not so big on the 'shiny' fabrics and would prefer a matte look. Also, holding the creases of the pleats is important too. I've worked with crepe back satin once before (years ago!) and seem to remember it being hard to crease.

Sorry for all the questions. I'm such a newbie when it comes to formal wear. Give me a pair of jeans and a t-shirt to sew anytime :)

LynnRowe
starstar
LynnRowe  Friend of PR
Advanced
BC CANADA
Member since 3/9/09
Posts: 9024
Login to reply to this post

In reply to momtoesther <<


Date: 8/2/12 11:49 AM



EOS dress-weights

------
I heart Panzy, Pfaff Creative Performance, the sewing machine love of my life!
And Baby (Enlighten serger), Victor (BLCS), Rupert (Pfaff 2023-knits expert) Ash (B350SE-Artwork), Kee (B750QEE-Panzy's BFF), Georgie (B560-Kee's baby sister) and the Feather-Flock!

Most of all, I heart Woo (HimmyCat). Until we meet again, my beautiful little boy. I love you.

Nancy K
starstarstar
Nancy K
Advanced
NY USA
Member since 12/28/04
Posts: 8070
Login to reply to this post

In reply to momtoesther <<


Date: 8/2/12 6:15 PM

I second the wool crepe. I don't think that cotton sateen is a great choice. Rayon crepe is a lovely fabric and you can find it here casual elegance fabric for $15. The nicest choice for lining is silk crepe de chine especially if you choose wool crepe. Bemberg rayon is a good, less pricey choice. Silk dupionni is better underlined to reduce wrinkling.

------
www.nancyksews.blogspot.com

Courtney Ostaff
Courtney Ostaff  Friend of PR
Intermediate
WV USA
Member since 11/23/10
Posts: 664
Login to reply to this post

Date: 8/2/12 6:53 PM

Underlining is not required. However, in order to have an invisible hem, you'd need the underlining to stitch the the hem to it and not the fabric.

http://www.threadsmagazine.com/item/4999/understanding-underlining/

Your underlining can (and usually is) made of a cheaper, often ugly, fabric that no one will ever see.

Courtney Ostaff
Courtney Ostaff  Friend of PR
Intermediate
WV USA
Member since 11/23/10
Posts: 664
Login to reply to this post

In reply to momtoesther <<


Date: 8/2/12 7:14 PM

You can buy a polyester charcoal charmeuse at Fabric.com for $5/yd with $16 shipping. A red poly crepe de chine is also $5/yd for lining. A poly organzafor underlining may be had for $6/yd. So, in polyester, you'd be able to make it for $16/yd. So the dress would be about $40.

Now, if I'm a natural fabrics snob, so if I was making that dress, I'd use this as the fashion fabric, underline it with this ($9.74/yd after sale) and line it with this ($12.99 after sale). Which would give you about $40/yd plus shipping (23.25 + some comparable amt at EOS...) Which would be about $100 for the dress.

But, making it in a natural fabric would make it infinitely more wearable for me, since I'd not be sweating like a pig in it.

crazygrad
star
crazygrad  Friend of PR
Advanced Beginner
USA
Member since 11/11/07
Posts: 1307
Login to reply to this post

In reply to LynnRowe <<


Date: 8/2/12 7:15 PM

You are evil to post that fabric. I adore it.

momtoesther
star
momtoesther
Intermediate
Member since 2/13/11
Posts: 69
Login to reply to this post

Date: 8/2/12 7:35 PM

Thanks for all the options! I love that red/grey print but I think I will stick with black this go round. That Theory cotton sateen from EOS was what I was looking atI think I'll stay away from the dupioni but the wool crepe sounds like a good idea.

Do you think any of these will be too bulky at centre front? There is a TON of layers with all those pleats. The skirt has a different pattern piece for teh lining (with darts, not pleats) but the bodice front has the same pleats, so at CF there is 20+ layers (and that is WITHOUT underlining!)

Go to Page:
Please LOGIN or Join PatternReview
printable version Printable Version

* Advertising and soliciting is strictly prohibited on PatternReview.com. If you find a post which is not in agreement with our Terms and Conditions, please click on the Report Post button to report it. Fabrics and more... >> help me fabric shop

Merchants on PR
Gwyn Hug
Fabric Shopping Help!
Deals!
Lanetzliving Vintage Sewing Patterns
Vintage Sewing Patterns
Deals!
Style Arc sewing dress patterns
Patterns That Fit
Web site
Victoria Jones Collection
Timeless Hawaiian styles
Web site
So Vintage Patterns
Thank You for Joining!
Deals!

Copyright © 2014 PatternReview.com® , OSATech, Inc. All rights reserved.
Conditions of Use | Posting Guidelines | Privacy Policy | Contact Us
Online Sewing Classes
Altering Jackets
Fee: $19.99
(Regular $59.00)
Altering Jackets

Online Sewing Classes
10 Clever Techniques To Help You Sew Like a Pro
Fee: $49.00
(Regular $49.00)
10 Clever Techniques To Help You Sew Like a Pro

Butterick 4789
photo
Review by chicagoche... on 3/12/10
Read Review

Blank Slate Schoolday Skirt Digital Pattern
Blank Slate Schoolday Skirt Digital Pattern

Details
Price: $7.95
Add to Bag Add to Bag

Sis Boom Bosco Bowtie Digital Pattern FREE
Sis Boom Bosco Bowtie Digital Pattern FREE

Details
Price: $0
Add to Bag Add to Bag

Simplicity 2652
photo
Review by NhiHuynh on 1/6/12
Read Review

Sewing Workshop Tamari Apron Pattern
Sewing Workshop Tamari Apron Pattern

Details
Price: $8.00
Add to Bag Add to Bag

Petite Plus 202 Pattern
Petite Plus 202 Pattern

Details
Price: $21.00
Add to Bag Add to Bag

Burda 9793 Pattern
Burda 9793 Pattern

Details
Price: $8.95
Add to Bag Add to Bag

Vogue 8983 Pattern ( Size 8-10-12-14-16 )
Vogue 8983 Pattern ( Size 8-10-12-14-16 )

Details
Price: $25.00
Add to Bag Add to Bag

Subscribe to PR Message Board Feed Subscribe to the PR Message Board Feed Add to My Yahoo! Subscribe at NewsGator Online Subscribe at Bloglines Add to MyMSN