There’s been some discussion of whether to wash silk tweed or not over at Stitcher’s Guild lately. After a couple of disasters with fabric prep with my local dry cleaners (hey, they treated a 10 yard piece of wool like a linen table cloth and steamed and stretched it completely out of shape) I washed this tweed.
The result is beautiful in this woman’s eye.
I have a piece of silk tweed that I washed and I didn’t like the result so much: it muted the colors and fattened the threads. Still very useable but the wash/don’t wash is a question best settled by testing your own piece.
These pictures are of the fabric after it was laid flat to dry and before any pressing.
Isn’t it colorful? I found it last year at Waechter’s Silk Shop and it’s been waiting for inspiration.
But the inspiration isn’t coming so far. It’s a very heavy piece: 2 yards of 54″ fabric weighs almost 3 pounds 15 ounces. That’s heavy, folks, far heavier than wool.
I am looking for
a pattern inspiration that will be something I can wear with a white shirt and pants. I probably will just do without a pattern since I make so many changes to them anyway. Maybe I’ll use one as a jumping off point, maybe not. I “see” a swing topper with no collar or a black cotton velvet collar with all the volume in the back.
I will line it with the less-static-y “Hang Loose” in black that I bought from Baer’s Fabric. Good stuff, and a great store!!!
I also fell for some pricey bamboo buttons from Waechters’ “>