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Date: 12/24/12 12:56 PM

HI All!
I ordered a swatch of plum colored wool crepe from Mood Fabrics and when it arrived, I fell in love with it. It was a beautiful color.

BUT - when I held it up to the light, it was very sheer. Not like gauze but sheer enough that I would have to line anything I made with it. When I ordered it, it was advertised as a medium weight. I had no idea that it would be so lightweight.

Is crepe normally so sheer?

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Date: 12/24/12 3:31 PM

My two thoughts: 1) Is lining it a big deal? Personally, I can't imagine unlined wool anything anyway. Well, I suppose a very loose skirt to wear with tights but that's about it. 2) I have several pieces of wool crepe that I would consider medium weight and they are not sheer normally but ARE sheer when you hold them up to the light. Wool crepes have relatively loose weave so the light is going to shine through even though it is not a lightweight fabric. (The medium weight comes from the thicker yarn.) This does not necessarily translate to sheer garments. Most fabric seem a lot more see-through when put up to the light and they don't all have to be lined.

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Date: 12/24/12 5:36 PM

Hmmm...I've used alot of wool crepe and it's never been see-through and I have not had to line it. I've got a pink wool crepe in my stash here and even that is not see-through, and I would consider that a medium weight. I would guess it's a quality issue maybe, but I am not too familiar with Mood's fabrics.

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Date: 12/24/12 6:15 PM

PattyE, the ones I mention are not see-through normally either. They only are if you hold it to the light like Jove said in the original post. But I think almost any fabric except for the heaviest ones will be somewhat see-through in that condition....which is what I was trying to say rather ineffectively.

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Date: 12/24/12 6:20 PM

Yes, when you hold it to the light, you can see right through it but otherwise, it doesn't appear sheer.

I suppose since it's wool, I would want to line it. That makes sense.

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Date: 12/24/12 6:43 PM

I LOVE crepe, that sounds lovely. Almost all fabric is see through when you hold it up to the light, it is deceiving. To really get a sense of how sheer it is, you need to lay it against something, I like to drape it around me in good light and then check out the see-through factor.

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Date: 12/25/12 10:54 AM

Oh no, you explained it fine. My concern was that Jove felt she would HAVE to line whatever was made. I did not think a medium-weight crepe should be so thin.
I hope we get to see your project, Jove! The color of your crepe sounds yummy.

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Date: 12/25/12 11:42 AM

Here is the link to the fabric on Mood. I haven't decided what to make with it yet. I only bought a swatch. But, I was thinking slacks. Click here to go to the fabric Wool crepe
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Date: 12/25/12 12:22 PM

For slacks, I would underline to help maintain garment shape, take stress off your fashion fabric while sitting, bending, etc. and keep possible skin reactions at bay. You might also consider a half lining.

For sheerness testing, wrap yardage entirely around you to simulate the level of opacity you'll have in a finished garment. Stand in good lighting to see what you will see in real life. Holdings swatch up to the light gives a different appearance, but it does help you understand the cloth. Wishing you the best result with your beautiful fabric.

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Date: 12/25/12 12:29 PM

I just clicked on the link- gorgeous! The fabric description says dresses and suitings. Plus the picture shows a very soft gathered drape. For pants, the underlining will really help give body. I'd be looking for a soft silhouette, rather than hard tailored. Eager to see your work.

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