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Date: 5/17/13 5:39 PM

Hi. I am looking to make a summer version of Simplicity 2648 Simjplicity 2648 and am looking for fabric. I found this online at fabricguru Braemore Sarayan , but it is a decorator fabric. My question is, can decorator fabrics be used for apparel? Any thought on this fabric for this pattern? Thanks!

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Date: 5/17/13 5:46 PM

History has it a certain Southern Belle used drapes for her dress.. so why not..

However.. the fabric you showed is cotton.. suitable for garments.. I would myself want to know the thread count..
It may be too weighty/heavy for a summer dress.
A lot of home dec cottons are lightweight.. but not all.. But take note of the width of home dec.. normally home dec fabrics are 54 inches.. so you would not need nearly as much as a garment fabric of a more narrow width.. depending of course on the pattern..

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Date: 5/17/13 5:48 PM

That's right! I forgot about those drapes! I will see if I can get the threadcount. I guess I can have them send me a sample, too.

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Date: 5/17/13 5:50 PM

That dress is very structured, so I think a heavier fabric might be OK. And that one says it "has a soft workable feel" and is for "mid duty upholstery applications" (i.e., not heavy duty).

OTOH, I'm not sure that it will be a good choice for a summer dress in Florida! It's cotton, but most likely heavy for apparel fabric. Even if you went sleeveless, it might be too much. (Unless you are like my Grandpa who wore wool cardigans every day - even all summer long.)

The main reason I might shy away from it is that it's so expensive - but if it was for a special occasion, I might consider it.

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Date: 5/17/13 6:00 PM

Actually, I live in VA, now, but it can get wicked hot here too! It is expensive. And now I'm thinking maybe I don't need another white-flowered summer dress. Although they do have it in Sepia...

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Date: 5/18/13 6:43 AM

Another question you want to ask about the fabric to see if all ready has some kind of backing. We have a furniture factory here that sells their end rolls - and most of the fabric has a stiff backing. I am not a fan of making clothes with quilting or upholstery fabric - BUT - I did find some of their fabric w/out the backing and plan to use it for a coat. Maybe they can sent you a swatch -?

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Date: 5/18/13 8:31 AM

If the website is to be believed, this company is dedicated to customer service and understands fabricoholics; they count themselves among that group. I would contact them and ask. They're in Alabama, and I'll bet they have a good opinion on the suitability for that fabric worked up as a dress. I agree that the pattern would work with the fabric, and IMO the white is much better for a summer dress although the sepia would be okay for fall - but not stunning as I think the white would be. I am nothing but opinions!

P.S. On the matter of fabric cost, cheap cotton at Joann's is $10 a yard, which is not that much less than $15. I know that's because JA expects you to use a 40% off coupon, minimum, but I'm just sayin'... buy what you love if it's not going to put you out on the street.
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Date: 5/18/13 9:09 AM

Another point: I don't think I would use it for apparel if it has a Teflon or Scotchguard finish.

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Date: 5/18/13 9:22 AM

I've ordered home dec swatches from them before, and it was well worth it to check the color. A swatch will also help get a better idea of the feel of the fabric and decide if it feels too heavy for a dress.

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Date: 5/18/13 9:32 AM

I use decorator fabric for clothing regularly. It is just fabric. You just have to match the fabric weight with the pattern. And lots of times when I wash the fabric, all the sizing washes out and you get a more pliable fabric. Eileen Fisher has been having pieces made in heavy linen, and I buy it at a discount interior fabric store to copy.

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