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Wine Soaked Satin Shoes – Help!

About 10 days ago, I was wearing an expensive pair of designer shoes for the first time, and a restaurant server dropped a bottle of white wine at my feet.  The wine soaked by black satin shoes; there was so much wine that I had to take off each shoe and pour out the wine.  Although there are no apparent stains on the shoes now that they have dried, I am wondering whether the wine that dried into/onto the satin may structurally damage the fabric over time.  Is that likely?  Is there any safe way to clean the shoes?  Thank you for your assistance. By: Eileen

Beautiful Wool Satin Gabardine Dress!

Image via Flickr 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 Judith@fabrics.net 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.

What is Silk Crepe Back Satin?

  Image via Flickr The right side of the Silk crepe back satin is the satin weave which  gives this ever-popular, lustrous, drapable silk part of its name.  Satin dates to the Middle Ages where it originated in Zaytoun (Zaitin, Canton), China. When satin arrived in Europe in the twelfth – thirteenth centuries the spelling was aceytuin and in Italy, zetain. From the original Chinese spelling the term was contracted to zetin, finally to satin. By the fourteenth century, satin was the court favorite in England. Satin comes in many weights and styles, each nuance assigned its own name satin de chine, de Lyons, Duchesse, Turc, Serrano, panne, messaline, Merveilleux, Empresse, deBurges, crepe, Gree, alcyonne, deChypre and canton are but a few. The back of this fabric is the characteristic pebble type crepe created by the twisted yarns. The quail colored double silk crepe back satin is one of the prettiest gowns I have seen!  Joanne Fleming Design: A year in design…..   joanneflemingdesign.blogspot.com12/27/12 … of all the dresses just before they leave the studio for their moment in the spotlight….. One of the first weddings of the year was Cath’s…..and she chose this gorgeous quail coloured double silk crepe-back satin for her gown.   Using silk crepe back satin as a coat lining is a great investment!  The silk wears well, doesn’t change the temperature regulation of the outer coat fabric, and gives the feeling of luxury.  Silk Lining for a Couture Finish – Sewing Blog | BurdaStyle.com www.burdastyle.com8/17/11 Silk Crepe Back Satin. Photobucket. Quite an expensive choice, readers! This high-end silk is on the heavier side and is, therefore, a great lining for winter, adding warmth, elegance and breathability to a beautiful wool or fur …   One design seen in several different weights and weaves of silk.  Olivia Luca: Empire Off-Shoulder Surplice olivialuca.blogspot.com5/5/11 Deep wide Surplice “V” neck front and back. Straps sit just on the edge of the shoulder, approximately 1.5 ” wide. Empire waist and princess seams or fisheye darts (depending on skirt shape) … Silk Crepe-Back Satin … Silk Satin-Face Organza …   Silk in any weight or weave is timeless.  Enjoy!    

The Elusive Obsoletes – The Dating Game Continues

In the British world of antiques, a divy is a diviner, one who can tell it’s the genuine article upon sight. Perhaps you’ve experienced a shiver down your spine when you find a vintage fabric; you just know it’s old and the real thing at first glance. So, your divy instincts having performed admirably, you know you have something old, but exactly how old and and exactly what is it? Fabric identification without the aid of selvage markings, provenance or an expert can be tricky. Most of the time there is no positive answer. But there are clues to put you somewhere in the ballpark. Often width, color, design, weave and appearance can be good indicators. Widths, while iffy and weak signals, nevertheless can generate a time frame. Generally, by the early 1930s narrow widths were replaced by 36″ to 39″ for most all American dressmaking cottons and by the early 60s the standard was 42″ to 44″ though some  36″ widths cottons lingered on for another decade. One notable holdout is Liberty of London lawn still being manufactured in 36″. This can be a deterrent in pinpointing fine old lawn, particularly with retro designs now in vogue. Regardless, finding natural and early synthetic fabrics in 36″ to 39″ or narrower widths should trigger your inner alarm system into action. Color, designs, patina and fancy weaves are stronger giveaways. Old catalogs, ads, pattern and fashion magazines like the Delineator, reference books such as Dating Fabrics by Eileen Trestain, 1998, plus your personal knowledge are useful tools for a decade-by-decade comparison of fabrics. Unwashed old cottons seem to impart a certain glow or patina, mostly due to mellowing and special finishes now outdated. Novelty and variations on basic weaves can help define fashion trends of the day. For instance, iridescent chambray and basket-weave cottons were the absolute rage in the late 1940s-early 50s; finding those fabrics in 36″ is a good clue to their age. Fabric typing can be downright frustrating. Some plain-weave cottons such as batiste, lawn and nainsnook are still with us but whether old or vintage, their similarities after washing make them virtually indistinguishable from each other. Two other long-gone family members, mull and longcloth, are nearly indistinguishable from nainsnook and lawn whether new or washed. Voile with its raspy-tongue feel and frosty soap scum appearance is easily identifiable; however it is still being manufactured. Old voile had wide satiny selvages; most today are narrow. The separating line for muslin and percale is when thread count…
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Silk Chiffon Bridesmaid Dress

Silk Chiffon Bridesmaid Dress Designs Silk chiffon is one of the fabrics that can offer lustrously textured finish that falls elegantly across a gently draped bodice. When taking care of your silk chiffon bridesmaid gown, it is better to have it dry cleaned. There are a lot of designs and styles that you can use for a silk chiffon bridesmaid gown. Some are one shoulder neckline, A-line, convertible, empire waist, peplum, halter and strapless. You should find the design that would enhance the assets of your body. Silk Chiffon Bridesmaid Dress Videos A-Line Strapless Knee-Length Chiffon Bridesmaid Dress Bridesmaid Dresses. A-Line Strapless Knee-Length Chiffon Elastic Silk-like Satin Bridesmaid Dress Product Main Fabric: Chiffon, Elastic Silk-like Satin Embellishment: Pleated, Ruched, Bows Inner… Sheath / Column Strapless Long Chiffon Bridesmaid Dress  Bridesmaid Dresses Style: Sheath / Column Strapless Long / Floor-Length Chiffon Elastic Silk-like Satin Bridesmaid Dress Main Fabric: Chiffon, Elastic Silk-like Satin Embellishment: Split, Ruc… A-Line Sheath Strapless Sweetheart Long Chiffon Bridesmaid Dress Bridesmaid Dresses Style A-Line Sheath / Column Strapless Sweetheart Long / Floor-Length Chiffon Elastic Silk-like Satin Bridesmaid Dress Main Fabric: Chiffon, Elastic Silk-like Satin Embelli…

All Polyesters Are Not Created Equal

Although it seems like polyester has been around for centuries this manufactured fiber was developed in the early 1940’s and since its introduction it has become very popular due to its versatility and low production cost.  Originally shaped like a rod, this diverse fiber can be extruded to form many cross sectional shapes from the rod to octagonal to trilobal.  The trilobal shape resembles a 3 point star which results in a stronger fiber and also has more surfaces to reflect light.   The trilobal polyester fiber has become increasingly popular in sewing and machine embroidery thread because of the light reflection or sparkle and strength.   When this trilobal polyester is woven into fabric the result is a fabric with high sheen and strength.  Our Mistique (Lamour) Satin is trilobal polyester.   For microscopic photos of trilobal polyester and other fibers and weaves here is a link to a class in “Fibers as Trace Evidence” from the Staples High School Crime Lab, Westport, CT  

It’s time to brag on one of our Gabardine customers!

We just have to admire and brag on one of our customers, Faith.  When Faith called to ask about which of our wool fabrics that would be light enough in weight to use for a Communion dress, I suggested my favorite Wool Satin Gabardine.   Faith ordered a swatch set, decided on the white Wool Satin Gabardine and made a beautiful Communion dress for her granddaughter.  When she finished the dress, she entered the it into the New York State Make It Yourself With Wool.  Faith won the New York State category “Made for Others” and as you can see, she is very talented!  The bodice is hand smocked and hand embroidered flowers using silk ribbon add the finishing touch to this very special dress.