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Wool Satin Gabardine – Evening Suiting or Everyday Suiting?

One of my favorite wool fabrics is Wool Satin Gabardine.  It weighs 13 ounces per linear yard and is considered a tropical weight wool but can be worn year around.  In fact Woman’s Wear Daily has shown this wool satin in shorts.   For those of you who may be confused by my using both “satin” and “wool” together as a name of a fabric, don’t feel alone.  Many think of satin as a type of fabric but it is a weave.  In other words every fiber you can name from silk to polyester to acetate to linen can be spun into a yarn and then woven in a satin weave.  Thus we refer to silk satin, polyester satin, acetate satin and yes, wool satin.  When cotton is woven in a satin weave it is called cotton sateen.   A beautiful example of wool satin can be seen in the Demarcheliar for the W Magazine August 2012 where Dior’s pink Wool Satin blouse is shown. Demarcheliar for W Magazine August 2012 going FIERCE « The … dramaterialist.wordpress.com8/11/12 Bottega Veneta organza embroidered velvet gown and boots. Stylist’s own bonnet. Gucci georgette gown and necklace. Stylist’s own bonnet. From left: Dior silk and wool satin blouse, silk gazar skirt, necklace, and pumps.   The wool satin gabardine suits that I made 20 years ago still look new today.  As long as the design is classic garments made from this fabric never goes out of style.  It is appropriate for day and evening dresses and suits, men’s suits and separates, formal wear and even wedding gowns.   Remember wool is a renewable fiber and is biodegradable.  Wool fibers absorb moisture which means that it can “wick away” moisture from your skin.  This same characteristic does not readily produce static electricity as do the manufactured fibers.  When constructing a suit with wool, wool satin gabardine especially, choose either a silk fabric for lining or rayon fabric.  Lining a wool suit with a manmade fabric will negate the breathability as well as the other properties listed above.   Sewing with this beautiful fabric is also easy.  When cutting the pattern out of the fabric, use the nap layout so that all pieces are going the same way.  Although wool satin gabardine doesn’t have a distinctive nap like velvet or fur, subtle color changes may appear with alternate lay out of pattern pieces.  Underline the jacket with a cotton batiste if you wish to add more body and use a medium weight horsehair interfacing for the areas where…
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Dyeing Satin Celadon Shoes Black

I have a pair of shoes that I had for a wedding. The material is satin and was originally white. The shoes have been dyed celadon to match the bridesmaid’s dress. They are a sandal type of shoe with 3 straps over the top of the foot with rhinestones across the straps. I now would like to dye the shoes black so I can where them more often. What dye should I use and where can I get the dye from? How do I dye the shoe around the rhinestones? Thank you for your time in advance. Jaime Hi Jaime, I believe that your shoes can be over-dyed to black. You will need to take these to a full-service shoe repair establishment that dyes fabric shoes. best, Jennifer

The Fabrics.net Store Has Hard To Find Fabric

Hard to find fabric is our specialty.  If we don’t have it, we’ll help you find it! Just visit our FabricFinder page if you don’t see what you need listed in our store inventory below. We sell hand-selected fabrics direct from the warehouse to you so your fabric is pristine when you receive it. We never sell from bolts, only rolls, so you know your fabric has not been overhandled. We sell both large and small quantities, down to a one-yard minimum. Our experts have decades of experience and purchase from their exclusive manufacturers. Save 20%-30% off retail when you buy direct from Fabrics.net! Shop with confidence, our products are perpetual stock and you can buy the same weave and shade from year to year. IF WE DON’T HAVE IT, WE’LL HELP YOU FIND IT!  Just visit our FabricFinder page to post your hard to find fabric request and have our US/Canadian network of fabric suppliers CONTACT YOU! Here are some of the fabric categories available today in the Fabrics.net Store: China Silk Duchesse Satin Wool Crepe 4-ply Crepe Silk Charmeuse Silk Charmeuse Stretch Silk Chiffon Silk Chiffon wide Silk Chiffon Crinkle Silk Crepe Back Satin Silk Crepe de Chine Silk Double Face Satin Silk Double Georgette Silk Doupioni aka (Doupioni, Dupioni, Doupionni, Dupionni) Silk Faille Silk Knit Jersey) Silk Organza Silk Satin Organza Silk Taffeta (aka Taffeta) Silk Zibeline (aka Zibeline) Rayon/Silk velvet (aka Satin Organza) Wool Satin Gaberdine Wool Double Knit Jersey Wool Silk Blend Poly Plain Bengaline Poly Moire Bengaline Poly Taffeta Sequin Knit Poly (aka Sequin Knit) Stretch Velvet (aka Velvet) Glimmer Tulle (aka Sparkle) Poly Nylon Mesh Tie Dye Power Mesh (aka Tie Dyed Power Mesh) Foil Power Mesh Poly Organza Acetate Satin (aka Acetate) Nylon Tulle Acetate Taffeta Damask Cotton (aka Damask) Acetate Iridescent Taffeta (aka Iridescent) Poly Double Georgette Poly Crepe Back Satin (aka Poly Satin Back Crepe) Poly Chiffon Poly Lining (aka Lining) Satin Silk Wool Notions Ask us anything about these fabrics or any other hard to find fabric, we’re happy to help in any way we can…

The Elusive Obsoletes

Historical costumers, quilters, collectors and others who use vintage and older fabrics consider themselves fortunate if their fabrics have a provenance — a year to determine age or name of fabric type to determine identity. Carrying provenance one step further, it would be an asset to know when these fabrics became obsolete or if the fabric name is just that and not a tradename. While there are many current excellent reference books available which describe and list obsolete fabrics, dating is not available. In going through the eight editions of Grace Denny’s Fabrics, 1923-62, I noticed that she compiled from edition to edition the obsolescence of fabrics, tradenames and textile processes. And, if one took time to compare her section in each edition on current fabrics and tradenames, you could also attain dates when new fabrics hit the market. Perhaps the following information will add to your knowledge for whatever purpose you need. This is not an historical list and is limited in scope to cover American staple or common fabrics which fall into the vintage – oldie range, roughly 1900 to 1962. It is by no means complete. At this time my chief resources for household fabrics existing prior to 1923 were Sears catalogs of 1890, 1902 and 1908. Fabrics then were still available in 1923 except where noted in the list below. Because of limited newsletter space this is a two-part series. Part I deals with fabrics which have died and those which keep coming back to life. Part II covers the discontinuance of tradenames and textile process and a distant future Part III would list when fabrics appeared on the market, all within the same Part I timeframe. By 1923 OBSOLETE Beige wool fabric used for dresses Butcher’s linen replaced by Indianhead Gloria umbrella fabric replaced by silk/cotton blend. A cotton version remained. NAME CHANGES Crepe meteor or kitten’s ear crepe now called any satin-back crepe Domet or Domett now called outing flannel or shaker flannel Grenadine now refers to marquisette or a variety of leno weaves Satin Duchesse a silk satin, now covers all grades of dress satin Kimono flannel now called flannelette Mousseline de Soie silk muslin now called organdie [pref. sp.] or organdy. There seems to be no distinction between cotton and silk organdy; organzine, a double thickness, appeared only in 1936. Mousseline name back in fashion in 1947 and defined as silk muslin while a tradename L’organza appeared in 1953, was changed to organza  and by 1962 defined as silk organdy. By…
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A Wool Winning Story

Here are a few fabulous creations made of Wool Flannel, Wool Cashmere Broadcloth and Wool Satin Gaberdine from the  Fabrics.net Store.  Hope you enjoy them as much as we do! 2005 Wool Lead – Jacob (left) and Holly (right) in the 2005 Pee Wee division of the Wool Lead Competition 2004 Wool Lead – Susan created festive riding jacket and chaps for the 2004 Wool Lead Competition. She did not forget her ewe who got a new saddle blanket. Great Job! She used Black Wool / Cashmere Broadcloth with Fuchsia Wool / Cashmere Broadcloth accents. Buy Wool / Cashmere Broadcloth Here Holly selected pink and black wool flannel for her dress. She competed in the Pee Wee division. Isn’t she cute! Holly’s dress was made with Pink Wool Flannel with Black Wool Flannel Trim. Buy Wool Flannel Here 100% Wool Satin Gaberdine Evening Gown – Susan created this beautiful evening gown out of our wool satin gaberdine for the 2003 Wool Lead competition (senior division) at the county and state fair. She won both County and State competitions! Buy Wool Satin Gaberdine Here          

Fabric Label Basics – The Billboard of a Designer

www.wovenlabelsource.com As a quilter, knitter, recreational sewing buff, or a clothing designer, probably the last thing on your mind is the cloth label that serves as an advertising “billboard” of your work. Whether your needs are simply personal—such as an identifier with your name, or an actual branding statement, many crafter’s and designers often overlook labeling their handiwork until the very last minute. Fabric Labeling—the basic definitions: There are two major types of clothing labels: Printed and woven. Printed clothing labels are made of various types of ribbons that are printed, hot-cut, and folded. The most common materials are satin, cotton, and tyvek. Pros: Depending on the fabric or clothing label supplier, a shorter lead (turnaround) time. Oftentimes, printed labels are domestically manufactured (Made in the US). With the advances in cloth label technology, manufacturers are able to print photographs, shading and shadow, extremely small writing, and color gradients. In other words, the technology in place has the capacity of printing Michelangelo on your clothing label! Highly elaborate details of you art work can be captured. Soft to the touch. 48 hour rush production service available with some manufacturers Cons: May fade over time with repeated hot washing and dryer use. Background colors oftentimes need to be either pastel or white colors—though technology is constantly evolving.   Woven labels are woven with a weave based on your specification for the artwork. A loom weaves your artwork or graphic as part of the fabric. The labels are then cut and/or folded. Pros: Long lasting through repeated use, including washing and dryer use. Damask woven labels have an very upscale appeal Cons: Usually, a longer lead time to completion. Most woven textiles have to be imported. If a clothing designer is in a time crunch, that is, short on time, then this is not the recommend choice for clothing labels. Artwork/graphics limitations: All artwork, logos, and lettering have to be a clear, smooth 2-D line drawing presentation. There can be no color gradients, shadows, or extremely small elaborate fonts. Remember, the loom is weaving a very small piece of cloth, and the artwork woven has to conform to weaving looms patterns. So if you have an elaborate or a highly detailed logo, it is best to stick to printed clothing labels. So remember—do not forget your labels! Planning early saves you stress, time, and a LOT of money.

Looking for Heavy Coral Satin for a Beatles Costume

I have been hired to do costuming for a Beatles tribute band. I need to find a heavy satin that will withstand lots of wear. The manager wants heavy satin (bridal, Duchess, etc.), which in itself is not the problem. My problem has been finding it in the color needed, coral, but a more orangish coral than most of what I’ve seen, which has been too pinkish. Any suggestions besides dying white? Thanks, Pam