Posts in Silk Fabric
Watermelon Juice

This was one of those accidental stains. I deliberately stained some Irish Shamrock habotai with spray adhesive, which I am still working on removing (stupid glue). But, due to reasons having to do with family and life, I currently have two teenagers living with me. Last Monday, they went to a party and returned with half a watermelon in a garbage bag. The watermelon was still good at that time so after sharing some with the happy parrots (those frequently heard in the background of our videos), the watermelon was left on the counter. For a week. In the garbage bag.

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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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Faille

Faille is one of many rib weaves, meaning the fabric itself has a texture due to the appearance of vertical or horizontal ribs as part of the weaving. Rib weave when done as Faille is a plain woven fabric, so one over one under. In Faille, the ribs are usually horizontal. So what causes the ribs? Ribbing is caused when either the warp or the weft threads are thicker than the cross weave.

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The Event So Far

Costume College starts with registration and a Thursday night pool party where everyone starts the mutual admiration society (seriously…that’s not sarcasm….it’s awesome how many high fives and good jobs I heard flying around). It’s truly inspiring how supportive everyone is of everyone’s costuming, regardless of ability or effort (that is aimed solely at me…I was seriously not even trying last night and still got compliments.)

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That's a Moire

But if China did not invent this technique, and the earliest mangle was located in Norway, than most likely moire was first linen, possibly wool, with silk being discovered by a foolhardy chamber maid who was probably beaten for putting the very expensive silk through a mangle.  Yeah the effect was cool, but what the hell!

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RIT Color Dye Remover

Since I boiled silk last week with the surprising result of extreme color removal, this week I went with the more traditional route of RIT Color Dye Remover. Now, the packaging says it’s good for cotton, linen, wool, rayon…everything but Silk. To be fair, it does not specifically say DON’T use on Silk. So I tried it on Silk.

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In Search of Duchess Satin

Even more alarming, was when Vogue Fabrics provided that "Duchess Satin is a soft, full bodied, polyester satin used in evening wear and special occasion garments."  Or NY Fashion Center provided a silk/nylon blend for $111.99.  One Hundred Eleven Dollars!  It's not even 100% silk!  And yet I know that 100% silk duchess satin exists because it was among the samples sent to me from my manufacturers.  Burn tests confirm, 100%silk.  In my searches, I saw one well known website (not cited here for discretion) that said duchess satin was silk satin, with no further disclaimer.

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