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Date: 9/21/10 9:55 PM

G'day everyone,

I'm starting this thread as a "side shoot" from the Stash Sew Along. We'd been discussing the silk that has been sitting in our stashes and why we'd love to sew with it but haven't had the confidence, time, or perceived skills to tackle it. I've always been too scared to cut into my pieces of silk, but I can't put it off forever!

I'm planning on making a couple of silk items over the summer. One is the Anna Sui top
and the other Issey Miyake pants . Although I'll do a mock up in cheep fabric first. I need to start sewing the silk as it's such a waste sitting there doing nothing.

So if you have some silk that you'd love to make something with, please join us.

Also, if you are a seasoned silk sewer, feel free to add your tips to help us out.

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Date: 9/21/10 10:56 PM

Hi Treefrog,

I would love to join you, but am about to go travelling for 6 weeks. I will follow this thread, then when I'm home in November, hopefully I will be inspired to dive into my silk stash.

I'm really keen to use some for cool summer tops, even for more casual wear.

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Date: 9/21/10 10:56 PM

I'm in. I'm off work Thursday so I will wait til then to go through patterns and my stash and figure out what to make ....I really could use a blouse

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Date: 9/21/10 10:58 PM

I might until the costume contest is over ... y'all know I've been waiting for this one for quite a while. Those 3 pieces of pure silk ain't going anywhere ... I have them hidden from the cats.

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Date: 9/21/10 11:19 PM

This sounds like a swell idea. I have a piece of silk dh bought for me years ago that I really want to use. I have already soaked it in starch and pressed it so it's ready to go. I just have to decide what it wants to become. I'm thinking Simplicity 2406 or maybe I'll just copy the SATC version of the dress in that same fabric. I'm pondering.....

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Date: 9/22/10 0:23 AM

I'm in also. I have several pieces of dupioni that I have sewn with before, so they are no problem for me. But I also have two pieces of very slippery fabric and a piece of ottoman that I asked what to do with about three years ago! Time to to do it! This will be great to combine with the pattern stash..that extra incentive....

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Date: 9/22/10 0:55 AM

I'm in! I have a *ton* of silk pieces I need to sew, I have worked with silk before but still consider myself a novice (especially with charmeuse!!). I get back home from China in a few days, will go through my stash to find a pattern I want to tackle and report back.

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Date: 9/22/10 2:09 AM

I'm in too. I have two metres of chocolate brown silk already washed and ready to be turned into something. I'm thinking the long-sleeved blouse from
Simplicity 2758 would be a good choice, but I'll go through my stash and see if there's anything more suitable.

I've never used this sort of drapey silk to make clothes with, only as the lining for purses and evening bags. It'll be interesting to see how it is for bigger items!

Looking forward to seeing how we all get on.

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Date: 9/22/10 7:16 AM

I am in. I have a few (too many) pieces. So far have 4 potential projects lined up. Shall see what I decide.

Thank you.

Patty

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Date: 9/22/10 8:35 AM

I'd like to join in, too. There's some silk I bought for big shirts/tunics that I was getting ready to start on next week. This sew-along is perfect timing!

Melody, I've only used spray starch to tame silk in the past. How do you go about the soaking you mention? Would you do that for any slippery silk, regardless of the weight?

eta: treefrog, I paged back up to look at your patterns. You certainly aren't taking the easy way out! Both just cry out for silk.
-- Edited on 9/22/10 8:38 AM --

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