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Re: [F-Costume] Stiffening fabric

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  • Susan Toker
    Ask them the percentage of cotton to silk. The more cotton the firmer the fabric. I remember buying from fabric.com a cotton/silk blend and it was good weight
    Message 1 of 4 , Jun 24, 2013
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      Ask them the percentage of cotton to silk. The more cotton the firmer the
      fabric.

      I remember buying from fabric.com a cotton/silk blend and it was good
      weight for shirts made up in the standard shirt way.

      The silk added a bit of sheen (and maybe some warmth.

      Susan

      On Mon, Jun 24, 2013 at 12:51 PM, Daniel Sanders <
      daniel.marcus.sanders@...> wrote:

      > > <<I'm not sure there's a good answer to that w/o more information....
      > > where and how are you using the fabric???>>
      > >
      > A short sleeved button down and then flatlined for a pair of shorts. Not
      > sure what you mean by "where" am I using it?
      > >
      > > Most fabric that's not stiff enough, if it's in the body of the costume,
      > > I just flatline it.
      > >
      > Well, I'm flatlining the shorts, but is prefer not to flatline the shirt.
      > >
      > > In tops, sometimes a good piece of interfacing placed properly handles
      > > getting fabric to behave in certain areas.
      > >
      > I know I'll be using two layers of heavier than average weight stiff silk
      > organza to really give some stability to the collar stand and then one
      > layer of the organza in the collar itself so it's stiff-ish. But where do
      > you mean by "properly placed interfacing"? As in a yoke?
      >
      > <<If it's sleeves, not sure there is a cure beyond starch. Hair spray is
      > going to wash out too. You'd have to test a lot, and it could yellow your
      > fabric.>>
      >
      > Yeah the yellowing is my fear. It's expensive fabric for a shirting. I'll
      > definitely test. Also, I'm okay with hairspray washing out. I'll just re
      > spray with each ironing. I don't need the garments to stand on their own,
      > I'd just like to be able to add a little crispness, if it comes to that.
      >
      > The only thing that has me curious is its listed as a cotton and silk
      > shirting, but says "wouldn't it make up a beautiful shirt, blouse,
      > structured dress or" . . . "Children's/ babies wear". Say wha?? Babies wear
      > makes me thing drapey and soft and shirting makes me think crisp. They
      > charge $7.99 shipping plus the price of the swatch to mail me a sample. . .
      > in a regular envelope. So I'd rather not order a swatch. Because they don't
      > apply it to the shipping on the yardage you get if you place a real order
      > which I've had some websites do. Most don't even charge me for a sample.
      > >
      > > More info please...
      > >
      > > -Cat-
      > >
      > >
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