Monday, February 22, 2010

Help Me, Sewing Friends !!

I want to knock off this shirt/jacket: 
I'm wondering about what type of fabric to use.   I don't want lightweight fabric, like blouse-weight cotton or poly.  Something heavier,  something that won't wrinkle badly, that will be okay unlined.

Any ideas?

27 Talk to me:

Aminat said...

May be a medium weight denim or twill. I have a twill in this color , I am sure it will look nice . I hope this helps.

KID, MD said...

I think it would be fabulous in linen, but that would wrinkle like the devil. I second the vote for twill if you want something heavier. But for some serious wow, shantung!

Lilian said...

Maybe some kind of gabardine? I believe there are different varieties so you can choose a lighter quality to make it not too heavy. Must say I like this idea of a shirt/jacket. I'm interested to see what fabric you will pick in the end.

cindy said...

I love it especially with the snaps. I made a skirt in a red midweight denim which had some stretch in it. It would be perfect. I bought it from Vogue Fabrics in Evanston, IL. I would check their online store or even call them. Their denim table is a stable and doesn't change much. Good luck. I want one!

Elaray said...

I love the look! I see it in a cotton. A few years ago, I bought a fabric from Nancy's Notions that would probably work. It was almost like a percale!?!?

julia said...

A twill or wool blend or a heavey broadcloth or a demin or oh my goodness, I don't know. I'd just have to go to the fabric store and feel of different fabrics until I found the right one.

The Sewing Loft said...

cotton sateen with a bit of lycra?

Lori said...

I would say a twill or light weight denim. Great looking jacket.

Digs said...

I'd go for a cotton-poly brocade or any sort of blend that includes at least a little polyester for wrinkle resistance. Probably not a popular view, I'll concede, but a small amount of polyester can make even linen behave. Jacquards are also good for wrinkle resistance. I'd avoid pure cotton, linen, or rayon, though.

becki-c said...

I would think that a denim in red if you want the look of the muted color, but twill if you want something bolder. That looks so comfortable!

paco peralta said...

I love this model. You can use a cotton twill fabrica (like jeans). There is some with a percentage of viscose, which attaches great weight and drop.

Carol said...

I made a safari style shirt dress last year from a light stretch drill. The lycra stops it creasing and the weight of the fabric holds it down so that it hangs well. I absolutely love stretch sateen and use it a lot, but I'm in the process of making a dress now and I find it creases easily. I made a red skirt recently from a red stretch twill I bought from Gorgeous Fabrics that is a little heavier than dress weight but would work well if you want more of a jacket feel.

Nancy K said...

I like light weight denim for this. If you want it in red, you might be able to find it. If not, a cotton twill, more of a bottom weight would work.

Cennetta said...

When I first looked at it I thought linen. But it wrinkles. My second recommendation would be (like others ready stated) twill.

Ann's Fashion Studio said...

Oh that is a very nice style.....I agree a twill but not to heavy..a drape-y twill :)

Rose said...

A drapey twill would be perfect,I think. A cotton sateen would be nice, too, if you want a dressier look. You have lots of good suggesions. That's a nice looking shirt/jacket to knock off.

Bunny said...

I'm for a twill too, with a little bit of lycra for comfort. I find twills without can be bit stiff for non pants garments.

BeeBee said...

taffeta? or silk, the kind with nubbies?

Faye Lewis said...

I was thinking gabardine.

Kathi said...

If you find that type of fabric and it doesn't wrinkle, let us all know!!!!!!!! It sounds like a dream fabric!!!!!!!!
If only there was a linen that didn't wrinkle!

Elizabeth said...

A cotton sateen or twill with a bit of stretch would be my choice- and it appears almost everyone else's. I saw a shirtwaist dress at Coldwater Creek that had this same look and it was done in cotton sateen.

Cecili said...

Hi Gwen! I think this design would look great with linen but it would crease a lot so maybe a blended linen could work better. As the other commenters said some lightweight denim or twill would be good too.

Isabelle said...

Great jacket!
You've gotten great suggestions already. I would probably go with a linen-cotton mix so it wouldn't wrinkle as much as linen. Denim would be great, too.

ClaireOKC said...

This needs a crisp hard finished fabric ( fabric that has a smooth hand). Most of the time that's a natural fiber like linen or cotton, but they both wrinkle. You can get these with sizing, or a fabric treatment, but that usually washes out in a couple of washings. You might try something with a little poly in it - 20% or so should do the trick, and still keep enough of the natural fiber qualities (excellent wicking, crispness and that beautiful natural fiber "look"), that it will look like a cotton or linen but won't wrinkle. Personally I like the wrinkles - I call them rich wrinkles cause everyone knows it's a natural fiber, and I don't mind pressing it to make it look extra crisp, which is the first thing to go in a blend.

Linda T said...

I love cotton sateen. The stretch part is great for helping keep wrinkles at bay, I just bought some more today for a dress.

Finishing the seams will be important. I would use a Hong Kong finish so the inside looks as good as the outside.

Vernon Fashion Studio

fabricateandmira said...

Cotton twill in a mid-weight is my vot as well. Lots of body and it doesn't wrinkle as much as lightweight cotton. It's a great dress/top/cover-up or whatever.
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Sheila said...

That will make a great jacket and like the fabric suggestions and looking forward to what fabric you decide on.

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