Before writing this article I searched for Wool Satin Gabardine on the Internet. The first mention I saw was from a well known information site that stated that there is no such thing as Wool Satin Gabardine. Well, I felt like I needed to fasten my seat belt before going any further. The writer went on to explain that satin is a synthetic fabric that is shiny on one side and dull on the other. The correct answer which can be found in any textile reference book, is that satin is a weave, not a fabric. Satin can be made from various fibers.
One of my favorite wool fabrics is Wool Satin Gabardine which is 100% wool, has a satin face, comes in many colors and is a tropical weight wool. I have been sewing with this fabric for about 20 years and it has never disappointed me. One of our customers, Lynette, made her Mother Of The Bride dress out of this fabric and also used our silk chiffon and a lining of China silk. The finished product is just beautiful!
Lynette loves to create and made her own pattern. The inset of Silk Chiffon was not easy, especially the narrow neck band.
From the front you can see the simple design of the dress. If you sew, you will know that a simple design is the most difficult design because there is no room for error.
The neck band is a narrow piece of bias folded and sewn on the neckline. The band is then pressed to the inside where it is tacked down by hand.
I know that I have said this to you before, Lynette, but “Well Done!”
Judith has been studying and writing about fabrics for over 50 years. Passionate about textiles, she explains that researching is like collecting clues to build the full picture of each subject. Judith always looks for the sunny side of life.