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Date: 10/11/10 4:07 PM

I just unearthed 3 pairs of pure silk pants and want to make something useful out of all that silk. Waste not, want not. Can't bear to throw it out, but have nothing in the way of quilting skills. I think if I make purses, press on interfacing is out of the question to back the silk directly. Would I cut out the purse pieces, quilt the silk onto a sturdier fabric as best I can or in a random way, cut a lining, and proceed from there? After I quilt the silk onto its underlining, could I use press on interfacing on that and the lining too, using a press cloth? Would embroidery thread work out better than regular thread, or are there other suggestions about thread? I will have to look around in my fabric stash for the underlining and the lining----are there any suggestions on what to use?--I could profit from hearing about anyone's experience with anything like this.

If anyone has other ideas on a useful way to use the silk, I'd love to hear them. We have no use for cushions or decorative items----I'm thinking more in line with utilitarian items.

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Date: 10/11/10 4:18 PM

What kind of silk material is it?
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Date: 10/11/10 4:18 PM

Here's some thoughts that come to mind:
silk scarves
belts
silk slip
gored skirt combining the fabric from several pairs
pillowcases
trims for blouses
pockets in pants or jackets

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Date: 10/11/10 4:21 PM

I don't know if it will help you, but (not being a quilter, either) I used a simple foundation piecing method to make little silk cell phone cases and posted a review here.

In the review, there's a link to an easy foundation piecing technique, and my description of the kinds of backing I chose.

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Date: 10/11/10 4:32 PM

bias bindings? hong kong finishes?

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Date: 10/11/10 4:35 PM

Thanks for quick and good ideas! This silk is the light silk used for blouses, or maybe a tiny bit heavier than that. It cannot provide lasting shape or strength on its own. Your cell phone cover idea gave me an idea for a checkbook cover. Maybe I could cut and fit a vest, crazy-quilt the silk bits onto it, and finish with chanel trim.

Thanks for helping me think about this! Hmmm!
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Date: 10/13/10 6:02 PM

cosmetic bag

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In reply to Sbear

Date: 10/13/10 6:25 PM

What about camisoles or tank tops for luxury pyjamas?

You'd probably have to make a centre front seam, but you could inset lace so it's 'intentional'

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