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Date: 4/14/13 12:28 PM

I'm researching fabric choices for a dress I'd like to make (click here for more details of what I have in mind).

I initially considered peau de soie or grosgrain silk as possibilities, until my dressmaking tutor brought me down to earth and said they would cost a small fortune.

Whilst in my favourite local fabric shop I came across a fabric I havent seen before. Its a union fabric (linen and cotton 20/80 split) and wondered if it would suit the dress I want to make.

It has a mix of the qualities of each fibre and I am hoping enough oomph to hold a good sized skirt. Plus its white, so I can dye it!

Having said that, I really dont know anything other than the dictionary definition - any advice?

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Date: 4/14/13 6:02 PM

I would consider silk first also, but I agree with you tutor that it would be very expensive. I like linen/cotton mixes personally. There are considerations though. Linen wrinkles like nobodies business. It would look much more casual in that fabric too. Would still nice, but different from the picture. And a petticoat plus probably a finish on the skirt to make it stand out. The picture seems made from a fabric with a lot of body. Linen fabric in particular could have been treated to feel one way and look and feel very different after you wash it. Unless, of course, you plan to never machine wash it. I will add the caveat here that I have never made a dress that complicated, so my lack of experience may taint my advice. I think overall that fabric would make into a nice dress, but it would be a different dress then the one in the picture. If that is fine with you then you may have a winner. Good luck whatever you do and keep us updated, it looks like a cool project.
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Date: 4/14/13 6:13 PM

I've never heard of union fabric. Is that a brand, or are you using it to mean a blend?

Anyway, for your design you are going to need something with a lot of body. Look for a very tight weave, with a crisp feel. I've recently made a couple of dresses from linen/cotton blends, and although the two fabrics are quite different, they are both soft and limp once they've been worn for 5 minutes. I wouldn't use either of them for a design like what you want to tackle.

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Date: 4/14/13 6:14 PM

That particular style dress looks like it needs a fabric that is lightweight yet stiff. Seems like a linen/cotton blend would be too drapey and soft. Had you considered a taffeta?

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Date: 4/15/13 8:31 PM

I haven't heard of this fabric, either. Like the others, the linen/cotton blends I've used tend to be very drapey, not nice and crisp. Did you buy a sample you can play with? Please report back about how it handles washing/dyeing, etc!

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Date: 4/15/13 9:13 PM

Union is slightly nubby....I love it. Traditional window treatment fabric. Laura Ashley used to feature when they had their own decorating line (now just licensed, I believe)

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Date: 4/16/13 5:45 PM

For those not familiar with the fabric, I thought it might be helpful to get a sample and do some draping experiments. If you'd like to have a look this is what I did with the meter I bought.

All in all, I dont think it's thrown up any significant warning bells. Having said that, I normally have a pattern to help guide me.

Any thoughts?

p.s I do so hope this will work - at less than 5 a meter its a steal!

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