Fabric selection

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I'm looking for (a while now) a very fine, lightweight but not see through
cotton/linen/silk/or blend fabric for a dressy blouse.  Can anyone tell me a
name(s) for something like this.   Seems you can't find what your looking
for on the web if you don't have the name already.

Yes I probably should have one of those fabric reference books but it is
likely I have one already but just can't find it in this mess.

Thanks for your help,
AK in PA

Re: Fabric selection
Dear AK,

For a dressy blouse, I would use silk.  There is a twill, charmeuse,
satin, heavy weight habutai.  Try Thai Silks or, if you don't want a
color, Dharma Trading Company, both online.


Re: Fabric selection
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Most of the time, they get called "shirtings", occasionally actually named
for the type of fabric (broadcloth, poplin, twill, challis, lawn, dobby,
herringbone, novelty weave, etc.)
One of my favorite fabrics to work with is silk twill... nice drape and
hand, but not shiny.  

More ideas:
http://www.srfabrics.com /
http://www.candlelightvalleyfabrics.com /

I don't know if they swatch, but Fabric Depot (http://www.fabricdepot.com )
had a really yummy feeling cream hemp-silk shirting in the organic section,
iirc.  Worth dropping them an email if that sounds interesting.

One of the things you might want to think about is hang... do you want
drapey or crisp?



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