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Unread 10-05-2008, 04:00 PM   #1
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linen vs. linen look fabric?

looking at the jo-ann website, they offer linen and amaretto linen-look fabric. is there any differences beside price?

i'm interested cause i bought the wrong color/wrong fabric for a pleated skirt :P
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Unread 10-05-2008, 05:46 PM   #2
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"Linen-look" is going to be some kind of synthetic blend. Looking at the Amaretto brand, it is 50% poly, 50% rayon. It may look like linen, but it probably won't behave exactly the same way or be as comfortable to wear.
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Unread 10-06-2008, 02:46 AM   #3
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Ick, basically "linen look" means it's a bit slubby and nubbly with an uneven weave and maybe a few pills. Basically what good quality linen doesn't look like

If you want a fabric to have that nubbly effect and be less prone to crushing then the fake stuff is the way to go. However if you are after linen because of the other properties (breathes and is comfortable to wear) then go for the linen.
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Unread 10-06-2008, 08:11 AM   #4
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sounds like one of those ugly tweed suit-coat things. except not as sturdy :P

i'm definitely going for the crisp look. thanks for the advice.
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Amaretto is actually an excellent fabric to work with if you're not interested in spending $15 a yard on your material and you're looking for a particular style of woven. The pants for my Shampoo costume and for my boyfriend's Romeo!Ranma were both made from amaretto. It drapes nicely, isn't too heavy, and doesn't tend to wrinkle easily. I didn't notice issues with it breathing, though I assume similarly-weighted linen would breathe better.
A friend of mine used it for her traditional Japanese style top, and it turned out fantastic. I've also seen it used to make Howl's coat (Howl's Moving Castle, the lavender and pink one).

I wouldn't use it for pleating, though. It's hard to press sharp creases in it (helps keep the wrinkles away, at least.) It's too soft. I wouldn't necessarily use linen either, just because it's so expensive and you can get less expensive, nice quality fabrics that will pleat well. But that's up to you and how much you want to spend.
The top in my avatar is made from linen, and I can say that I'm glad I spent the money. That was partly a case of necessity, though; I couldn't find anything in the right color and weave except that particular linen.
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Unread 10-06-2008, 08:13 PM   #6
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Amaretto is actually an excellent fabric to work with if you're not interested in spending $15 a yard on your material and you're looking for a particular style of woven. The pants for my Shampoo costume and for my boyfriend's Romeo!Ranma were both made from amaretto. It drapes nicely, isn't too heavy, and doesn't tend to wrinkle easily. I didn't notice issues with it breathing, though I assume similarly-weighted linen would breathe better.
A friend of mine used it for her traditional Japanese style top, and it turned out fantastic. I've also seen it used to make Howl's coat (Howl's Moving Castle, the lavender and pink one).

I wouldn't use it for pleating, though. It's hard to press sharp creases in it (helps keep the wrinkles away, at least.) It's too soft. I wouldn't necessarily use linen either, just because it's so expensive and you can get less expensive, nice quality fabrics that will pleat well. But that's up to you and how much you want to spend.
The top in my avatar is made from linen, and I can say that I'm glad I spent the money. That was partly a case of necessity, though; I couldn't find anything in the right color and weave except that particular linen.
Seconding, I like the Amaretto linen-look fabrics, particularly because it's a blend and doesn't wrinkle a lot. They come in some nice colors too, and as said above, they drape nicely. Most of them aren't 'nubbly' IMO, in fact, sometimes I can't tell which is linen and which is the Amaretto when people put them back in the wrong spot until I un-drape the bolt and look at the label.

Also, off-topic, but NICE Ashitaka Kumi-chan! <3
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Unread 10-09-2008, 11:41 AM   #7
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well, i can definitely keep that in mind for some other projects, but right now i'm looking for something that will pleat well ( school girl skirts= death and rebirth)
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Unread 10-09-2008, 11:52 AM   #8
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I favor linen over linen-look myself. Linen holds pleats well and you can iron nice sharp ones into it. The only problem with linen is that it wrinkles like mad but as long as you have access to an iron that is only a temporary problem.
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