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Here's a question to all you seamistress and tailors and home sewers out there.
As can be seen from the videos I prefere to make my own suit and protective equipment, dont ask I just do. The question is what sort of wieght would you choose, I am looking at some polycotton and a roll of cotton on fleabay both around the 300gram mark (dont know what that is in dead fish I think 10 oz) now considering i wear a suit out in a year two at the most, so do I go for the heavier fabric or do I go lighter and put in wearing pads. Dont forget as well that I also end up doing wasp and hornets aswell durring the year. Lastly just icase admin brings up "that photo"

heres the new design , what do you think,to many sequins????

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It'll take an age to sew all those sequins on HP.

I do a lot of dressmaking, but have no experience of fabric weight and buying it like that, always prefering and being able to feel the fabric in question and get a guide from that.

I'd go for a heavier one though. Some modern cheap poly-cottons can be just a touch too flimsy.

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thats my problem realy , plenty of good deals on the tinternet but where I live in brum we have some great fabric warehouse's but they do charge a lot more than I would want. I wanted to make three beek suits for me and several small kids and a small adualts as well for the shed
 

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I'm with Frisbee.
Even if you can identify the correct weight different constructions have different "feels". Sometimes they are treated which makes them stiffen up.
I would go for polycotton and source a roll end from the local market.
 

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On a lighter note, you could always use curtain lining fabric (polycotton?) and either tie-dye, have the kids draw on it or just au naturel. I don't suppose that the weight is sufficient or the fabric adequate. Passably cheap though - Tulle :)

Smear with PVA and put the sequins in the barrel of a 12bore then apply liberally - bang.
 

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Thats the problem with woman,they can be so sensible at times.
I often come up with good ideas(or so they seem at the time)that get mooted by all the girls at home.
 

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she does not want to stop it, its me wanted to stop it as she wants to make sure i use proper cartridges awell, accidental death by 12 gauge sewing cartridges!!!!

I was thinks of getting some poly cotton drill that will wash at 40 dergress no worries and its only around £3.50 per metre I was looking at 10 metres so thats £35 localy but I can buy 25metres on a roll on fleebay for the same amount including postage
 

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if it's an ebay shop would they send you a 6 inch squre as a sample
just pay the postage ?
 

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thinking about ordering a 2metre piece to make the one jacket and having a play, boil washing heavy ironing and seeing what it does, I dont trust the feel of a fabric untill it has been washed as i got caught out with a binding agent on some skirt cotton years ago, ended up with a nice big duster tho
 

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polycotton drill is your best option IMO.

used load of it over the years and it's usually good.
 

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