Posts Tagged ‘quality’

Silk fabrics help

Hello I am designing my own summer trousers with vests and I want to use silk.  However, I am not sure which silk to use and also what lining to use.  I am looking for a high quality silk.  Thanks By: Mandy Welsh

Recommended Fabric?

Hi, I want to make a good quality pair of leggings and was wondering which fabric will be best for this:  Quick dry, strecthy and tight and does not loose quality, washable and still maintain quality after lots of washes, comfortable and breathable, flattering. Thank you in advance By: Lee Ephson

Quantity or Quality or Repurposing?

Image via Flickr Quality or quantity?  Many advise to buy the best quality fabric you can afford if the garment is basic and something you will wear many times.  A few more suggestions from Sew Chic: Its Sew Chic: Can you Spot a Quality Fabric? http://sewchicpatterns.blogspot.com12/17/12 Understanding quality of fabric thoroughly would take up a whole text book, but let’s just boil it down to the most critical points to know. Some of the fabric information you need to know is listed on the fabric bolt, you know, that … Image via Flickr Why not repurpose fabric by buying garments at the thrift stores and making new items?RuralMom.com: How To Find Quality Fabric at Bargain Prices #DIY http://www.ruralmom.com1/12/13 We use fabric for crafts and sewing for many variant reasons. Some just love to create clothing and accessories because they can make them as unique as they like. Others sew to save money on clothes, or to make a living. Image via Flickr Speaking of repurposing fabrics, Wardrobe Surgeon has suggestions for finding quality vintage fabrics: Where to buy vintage fabric « Wardrobe Surgeon http://wardrobesurgeon.com2/13/13 I just love getting my hands on great quality vintage fabrics that have survived for years in good condition, but they are not always easy to find, so today I thought I would share some of the places I buy vintage fabrics from! More thrift store hints from Saucy Glossie:Thrift Store Secrets | Saucy Glossie http://www.saucyglossie.com3/20/13 Happy first day of Spring! Yesterday my thrift store shopping segment aired on the Ricki Lake Show and I wanted all of you guys to be able to see it in case you missed it on TV! I put together three outfits and each look was … Enjoy! Judith Judith@fabrics.net

Wool vs Viscose Tuxedo

A company does not have the wool tux he wants but they want to sell him a super 150 viscose tux instead? Is the quality, longevity similar? By: Mare black

types of silk

Hello, This is a fabulous website. I am looking at different silk articles of clothing on the web, and I seek your help to find out the difference between filament silk and silk charmeuse. I understand that filament silk is not spun so it will not pill; is typically a plain weave and of high quality. All I know of the charmeuse is that it is also of desirable quality, although I don’t know why, it his a satin-like finish on one side, and a crepe-like finish on the other.. Can you help me further? Thank you very much for your time. Truly, A Careful Consumer By: Kit M.

Some Very Special Vintage Trims

Vintage collectors will not mince words – nothing exceeds the quality and diversity of old trims and laces, whether expensive or dime store stock. This was due in part to the use of fine fabrics such as batiste, cambric, lawn, organdy, silk and rayon and the exquisitely fine, clean-cut embroidery on eyelets, cutwork and other designs. As up through the 1950s trims were an integral part of garment and home décor, the variety of fabric combinations, designs, colors, widths and coordinates available were staggering. Ask those who remember that whether shopping at a department or dime store, Wrights or Benjamin Franklin or any fabric shop, one could find an abundance – almost too much — to choose from to suit their budgets. Featured this month are two persons who keep the heritage of vintage trim alive, each from a different perspective. Meet Shirley McElderry, preserver of the little-known coronation cord, and Billy Strobel, carrying on the legacy of his family’s antique embroidery and lace-making business. Coronation Cord You’ve seen it but overlooked it, dismissed it or mistaken it for battenberg something or other. There are many like you. It’s unlikely that more than a handful of persons today recognize this trim which hasn’t been made since the mid-1920s. Enter Shirley McElderry, Iowa quiltmaker, restorer and repairer, vintage fabric collector, conservator, historian lecturer and owner of more than 2,000 antique craft and needlework magazines. In sorting through several boxes of textiles she got at a farmhouse auction in the mid-1970s, her keen eye caught a linen doily embellished with a couching of white cord in a flower design. The cord alternately became larger and smaller in diameter, making it easy to shape into petals and other curved designs. Puzzled by this unknown trim, she asked her grandmother, mother and aunts who were all expert needle women but they didn’t recognize it. Nor could any of the antique dealers she asked. All had seen the cord, but couldn’t identify it. As the auction boxes dated from the turn of the century, Shirley began researching periodicals of that time and struck gold. She learned that this trimming was called coronation cord or braid. Sold by the yard, this machine-made trim was used in conjunction with embroidery, crochet and tatting, and possibly knitting though Shirley can find no mention of knitting in her books. Her research has only unearthed two brands: Bear, a registered trademark of Bernhard Ulmann Company of New York [maker of Bucilla], and Columbia, listed in the Columbia Manual…
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Ravaged Threads: Acts of Terror by Fiber Fiends

Note: this column was to have been about fabrics with dual personalities. However, a reference book I need for this subject hasn’t arrived so that topic will be  postponed until April. Meanwhile, spend some quality assurance time with your vintage stash. Are you guilty of fabric abuse? Is the Fabric Rights Protective League breathing down your back? Are you ready to take the pledge? Then this column is for you.percale with muslin and organdy with dimity which has a crisp finish. Establish agreed-upon definitions of vintage or old — to some sellers, 1980 is vintage — and how seller determined estimated age. Fortunately there are many knowledgeable sellers who will be glad to help you. Be leery of sellers who do not answer your email  or who have no idea what they are selling. For some unbelievable examples, see my favorite auction goofies at the end of this column. If you have old plush, it is washable as long as it is cotton backed. Test if you’re not sure. Plush and fleeces other than cotton could be washed successfully but test to be sure. Remove lining before washing. Usually linings will be heavy sateen or twill and washable. Expect to lose some color. Reams have been written about proper care and storage of fabrics. Tiptoeing around all the expert’s verbiage so as not to duplicate their advice, here are a few more pearls of wisdom learned the hard way. May my personal mishaps help you avoid some painful pitfalls. Where to find vintage fabrics The most prevalent sources today seem to be on the Internet, both auction and individual web sites. The selections are staggering and a windfall for fabric lovers. Besides poking around  estate sales and antique stores, don’t overlook second-hand and thrift stores; flea markets; church bazaars; doll shows; and classifieds in fabric, vintage clothes and doll magazines. Purchasing  Collectors of anything tend tend to make three mistakes when buying– impulse, gotta have and the worst offender, nostalgia. I plead guilty to all three. Actually there is a fourth: disregarding common sense. It’s never around when we need it most. To avoid post-purchase suicidal hysteria scenes in front of family and friends, your first step in buying is to inspect, inspect, inspect. Hold fabric or garment up to light to check for pinholes and thin or worn spots; lay out to check for rust spots [foxing], browning at fold lines, fading or uneven color, severe creases and tears. The sheerer the fabric or denser the pile,…
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