Now I'm lost in a world of fabric choices. All I know for sure is that I want nylon tricot, but some of the stores have 15 denier, some 40, some 70... what is the weight typically used in intimate apparel?
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While I'm no expert in these matters, it's probably worth remembering that ladies hosiery is around 15 denier for a 'transparent' look. My guess is that 40d will be semi-transparent and 70d will be approaching opaque. Obviously the chosen colour will have an effect as well.
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The usual place as an excellent definition of the term -- and it's expressed in units of mass per linear measure.
Hello Daryl - I just picked up this interesting discussion on denier having serendipitously replied to a rather old post (also in 'Sewing') called: Nylon hiking skirt.Daryl wrote:Dunno if this helps but for me the point of an underdress is winter layering. I've found basic cheap lining materials (acetate, I believe) quite useful and very available in all kinds of weights and colours.
In that, I was making the point about different deniers which I thought was a grading system applying only to tights.
But it seems to nylon generally and maybe other materials.
Anyway your thoughts on underdresses are welcome also here.
It reminds me of a garment I own which I call my 'tomboy slip'. It is a full slip devoid of the usual feminine lace and the only, indeed, 'fem' detail is a very well hidden 'rosebud' decoration but hey - men like flowers too!
It is also pleasantly swishy to wear, gives a dress a nice line from the outside to look at and falls within the strictures and guidance for this forum I believe (ie skirt and dress wearing for men).