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what is the fabric

jennys | Posted in Fabric and Trim on

Living in Australia, l buy material mail order from the states. There are terms that don’t understand.What is onionskin , and buttermilk ?
Are they woven , knit , stretch or otherwise , what weight are they and what would you make out of them , as a suggested garment weight.
l love the names , but not quite enough to purchase lts and have it sent out without any idea of what l’d do with it.
regards jenny s


  1. rekha | | #1

    You could buy the swatches first to get the feel for it and the internet usually provides most of the answers

  2. kjp | | #2

    I'm guessing that the rtw in Australia doesn't differ too much from here in the states.  Onionskin is the slightly sheer stretchy mesh that many upscale designer tshirts are made from.  It is made in many different prints and I've seen is used mostly for tshirt type tops with many variations.  It is easy to sew and can be lined for modesty.  Buttermilk is also seen in rtw tops.  It, too is a knit.  Very fine and drapey - opaque- the finish is kind of an "eggshell" matte - not shiny like lycra and lighter weight than lycra.  Again - used in rtw to make a variety of tops - doesn't need any lining. 

    You won't go wrong with either fabric!

    1. jennys | | #3

      thankyou very much - l'll get some buttermilk now l know what it is.
      jenny s

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