I like to wear clothes that are soft and "flowy", long dresses & skirts, gathered blouses, etc. I am having trouble finding fabrics like these in my local stores that are neither shiny (like satin) nor see-through (like chiffon). I don't want a rough texture, and it must be machine washable and preferably machine dryable, though line or flat dry is acceptable. I would also like to find some kind of printed fabric rather than strictly solid. I also like those extra wide fabrics (for full skirts) though that isn't an absolute requirement.
I have tried looking online but am having several problems with that. I don't know the names they use for fabrics these days. For instance, specifically, what is suiting fabric, shirting fabric or knit? And what the heck is minky (minkee) or moleskin, tencel, pique or shantung? Since I don't know the names for the kind of fabrics I'm looking for, I'm afraid to order online; who knows what I'll end up with? Also, how can you know if fabrics match? Say I wanted one printed fabric and one solid, like for a skirt and blouse? The pictures can't show the true, actual color, so two fabrics could be called "pink" and be totally different colors! Could someone out there that's into maybe fashion design or something help me with that? And possibly give me the names being used for some of the types of fabric I have described?
I've been sewing for more than 50 years and used to make most of my clothes when I was a lot younger, but I sure don't remember having this much trouble finding fabrics I liked in fabric stores!