Posts in Sewing with Silk
Intro: The Stand Pocket

The stand pocket is where WILD starts the chapter on pockets. And the directions start out contradictory, saying that “as a rule” stand pockets are found on jacket breasts, but then immediately Mary Brooks Pickens talks about stand pockets on skirts too.

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Failed attempt

So what else is upcoming? There is the Downton Abbey movie at the end of September, which I’m attending with several friends. In costume of course. There is a planned photo shoot for some good quality, not spur of the moment lifted from video pictures of the Caftan Project garments. There is a tweed ride in October that I MIGHT have time to make jodhpurs for. And spats. Maybe. There is Reno Pop Culture Con in November, and after that the Winter in Wonderland weekend presented locally by High Desert Steam. Coming up after that is the holidays, with several holiday parties. Then 12th Night with the SCA, which we usually vend at.

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Pongee

Pongee, like most silks, originates from China. The word even is very Chinese, the etymology of which is penchi, meaning woven at home, or home loom (Fairchilds, p. 474). This is another plain woven silk, but rougher, with a homespun feel to it, versus the fineness of China Silk. Fairchild’s also reports that this is woven in the gum. I hazard to guess what this means as no specific definition is given, but my supposition is that the silk is only mildly washed or not washed at all, prior to weaving. This supposition is supported by the crisp hand of Pongee silk.

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UFO's

Next up, shorts. ALSO something cut out about five weeks ago. Note the time line…red were cut out eight weeks ago, and rather than finish those, I cut out ANOTHER project for the UFO pile. Also note: This is not an efficient method for finishing projects. The shorts were considerable more labor intensive, taking about five hours to complete, not including the embroidery on the back pockets, which were done at the time I cut the shorts out. But five hours of sewing, including top stitching, and the shorts were done!

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Georgette

Georgette is another crepe fabric, and is created with the alternating Z and S twist threads on both the warp and the weft threads. The Z and S twists are given very hard twist, as many as 50 to 90 turns per inch, which makes the filament fairly rigid. However, due to this hard twist, the fabric feels almost grainy and dry.

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