Shot Silk

Today this effect is called shot silk.  However, historically it has been called changeant, changeable silk, and shadow silk.  Now, this effect is by no means a 21st century innovation.  The Wikipedia article on shot silk reports a 12th century description of liturgical vestments from the 7th century of purple and yellow.  So this technique dates back to the middle ages, at least to the 12th century, and as far back as the 7th, if the article is described accurately from that time.

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A Review: Sew Knits with Confidence

I will readily admit that sewing knit fabrics is not my strongest skill set.  I understand some fundamentals, I understand the zig zag stitch versus straight stitch.  I know that knits are typically over lock stitched with a serger when not sewn with zig zag stitch on a standard machine.  I do know that any fiber can be knit, including silk.  And that taps me out. So before I really did anything with knitted fabric (cotton to start, sorry), I reached for Sew Knits with Confidence by Nancy Zieman.

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Ask for Anything But Time

I have, until this week, been diligently posting weekly how-to’s with adjustments to the basic caftan pattern. This week, I gotta take a step back. After weeks of mad sewing, I looked around and realized House of Raven was in desperate need of cleaning. As in, the scraps and paper bits were gaining depth on the floor. To the point my dogs couldn’t take a step without trailing fabric behind them. Which the cats loved, but ultimately meant my house had reached epic levels of disgusting.

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UFO Shame Spiral

And then there is me.  If I put down an object, it may be decades before I pick it up again to finish it.  This is not a joke. A literal decade may pass before I complete the item.  I have an entire Box of Shame of UFOs that I sort of look at and realize I should just re-cut them in to quilting squares. 

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Buttons!

Woman’s Institute Library of Dressmaking dedicates very little time to what was, at the time of publishing, the MAJOR closing mechanism for garments. WILD was initially published in 1926, the zipper was not widely used in fashion until the late 1930’s, which makes the button important from a 1920’s seamstress perspective.

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Little Blue Dress Test

…Brad starts giggling to himself.  I looked quizzically at him and he said "What about natural human protein stains?"  I start grinning back, noted he was wearing the blue tunic, and said "We can call it the little blue dress test."  Then we sat there chortling at each other a la Beavis and Butthead, because at heart, we are horny 14 year old's sitting in our first sex ed class.

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4 Ply Silk

One ply, two ply, three ply...Technically ply only becomes impractical when the yarns get two thick to weave.  Ply has several meanings, depending on the context, i.e. plywood, or as a verb, to work diligently.  Within the textile industry, a ply is "the number of single yarns twisted together to form a ply yarn or cord." (Fairchild, p. 466).

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