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Date Posted: 21:23:35 03/13/01 Tue
In reply to: K 's message, "Fabrics" on 15:41:14 03/10/01 Sat

I am looking into having a dress made for myself (i'm an adult dancer) and I will DEFINATELY need to have it made from a fabric that will breathe a little, and NOT show sweat stains (so silk is out). Any suggestions? I LOVE the look of the velvet, but I'm thinking that must be awfully hot.

-100% cotton does breathe if you line the bodice with cotton. The polyesters are lighter weight but do not breathe.

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Date Posted: 14:20:26 03/15/01 Thu

I'm going to be getting my first solo dress for championships next year and the hardest part seems to be deciding what fabric I want. I tend to get hot very easily and sweat *alot* plus I'd prefer the dress to be fairly lightweight. I love the way velveteen looks (how it absorbs the light) but that's going to add weight. I also love the championship styles that are now in but raw silk will be way too fragile for me. Shantung is synthetic, I think, so it won't breathe. What are the best breathable, nonsynthetic, medium to lightweight fabrics to use for a dress? The dress body itself will be two-toned: black and medium green with gold sleeves and gold skirt lining. The black and green would look great in velveteen but I don't know what else.

-Definitely not silk!. Perspiration stains do not come out. The only other breathable fabric is the 100% cotton ..velvet or velveteen. Unless you go with 100%wool gabardine. Also remember to line the bodice with 100% cotton. This is the only part of the dress that can breathe because the synthetic on your sleeves won’t. Then think about the rest. All the applique on the front bodice and the shawl on you back. What is actually left to " breathe"? The polyester shantung is very light weight and you can wear an absorbent cotton lycra top under it and save the dress.

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