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    I'd like to ask some of you experienced Jingler dancers what fabric is your favorite to make your dresses out of?

    I've seen so many kinds used out here-- although the vast majority are some kind of shiny fabric.

    North Carolina has a mild climate, but in the summer it can feel so hot and humid! I want to make sure that the fabric not only looks good (and that doesn't necessarily mean shiny), but that it will be practical in our Carolina summers.

    Nya:weh

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    I use all different fabrics.. it just depends on what the person wants. Like you mention... weather does enter into the equation also.

    Some that want shiny fabrics (polyester satins) and are going to be in hot humid weather, I would line with a thin cotton. so far that seems to do the trick... haven't had any complaints! ;) :)
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    • #3
      i'd go cotton. there are some cotton fabrics that give the 'shiny' look. plus it dont 'stretch' like other fabric .. the weight of the jingles doesnt pull the fabric down and it works great with applique.

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      • #4
        This is an excellent question. Which material have you found to work out the best in regards to strength, washability, etc? I find myself standing at fabric shops trying to figure all these out. I would like a white jingle dress this summer and not sure what type of material would be the best?

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        • #5
          As far as cotton... you mean like a broadcloth or something?

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          • #6
            polished cotton has a 'shiny' look to it

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            • #7
              I like to use Satin... Ive also tried out Taffeta,, Havent used that for a dress yet but its not too heavy seems durable and I dunno...

              Has anyone else used taffeta? and if you did how was it to dnace in? (Plus I was able to get nice bold colors in Taffeta)
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              • #8
                I like a heavy bridal stain for durability with shine. I like cotton broadcloth for keeping cool. Hancock's has some new cotton material that has a metallic thread woven into it so it is shiny but I bet it would still be cool in the summer. I don't like the light taffeta because of the potential for "runs". Sequin fabrics suck to sew, but they are pretty.

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                • #9
                  Hancock's has some new cotton material that has a metallic thread woven into it so it is shiny but I bet it would still be cool in the summer.
                  I went to the local Hancock fabric yesterday, but when I asked the lady about it she looked at me like she had no idea what I was talking about. :(

                  Is that fabric on the Hancock fabric website? Or do you know what the fabric is called (does it have a specific name)?

                  I'm getting frustrated trying to find what I'm looking for.

                  Thanks! :)

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                  • #10
                    My god, sequin material and that bathing suit material is soooo hard to sew. I get fustrated with it after a while. Cottons are much easier to sew, it sews itself.:p I wish.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by ndnmba
                      I like a heavy bridal stain for durability with shine. I like cotton broadcloth for keeping cool. Hancock's has some new cotton material that has a metallic thread woven into it so it is shiny but I bet it would still be cool in the summer. I don't like the light taffeta because of the potential for "runs". Sequin fabrics suck to sew, but they are pretty.
                      I think you mean satin there, and not stain. *LMAO*. But yeah I dont mind sewing the bridal satin either......it behaves. Kind of hot though in the sunshine, it don't breathe too well.

                      Taffeta does run at times when sewing. Make sure to change the needle to a lighter one for the taffie. Gotta work with that stuff. Same with the sequined.
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                      • #12
                        sequin fabric is cool but my machine doesnt like it so i stay away from it (well at least until i upgrade to a heavy duty .. hehe). i think wally-world has the shiny cotton material too (like the kind at hancock). i seen the same material at hancock and joann fabrics. then again it coulda been a seasonal type of material.. u know.. the holidays. :p flimsy material is easier to sew onto after ya spray it with starch a couple times. :) bridal material is so pretty but expensive

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by ojibwaysweetie
                          I think you mean satin there, and not stain. *LMAO*. But yeah I dont mind sewing the bridal satin either......it behaves. Kind of hot though in the sunshine, it don't breathe too well.

                          Taffeta does run at times when sewing. Make sure to change the needle to a lighter one for the taffie. Gotta work with that stuff. Same with the sequined.
                          lol... i was thinking .. like what the heck is bridal stain ... lol, i always used satin... but i wanna make a dress in a nice cotton, cuz the satin dresses i have are " hot" and i mean hot literally! lol .. and my dresses are long sleeves .. the good thing is at night i am nice and warm ....
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