stashed mystery rayon


I’ve had some dark green rayon that’s been stashed since my golden age of California fabrics in the late 90’s.  Why?  It’s crinkled. Really crinkled.

So much crinkled that if I ironed the 40ish-inch width, it would easily be 45.  I didn’t feel that was quite the thing to do, couldn’t decide on a pattern, nor how to lay it out & account for that crinkle.  So . . .  the great green sat in stash.

Enter yesterday’s chocolate silk, tagged silk yoryu.  When ordering it I’d asked Brooke, the wonderful manager at The Fabric Store, what yoryu meant. She told me it was crinkled, and great for travelling because it doesn’t wrinkle so badly.

A-ha!, I thought to myself, maybe that’s what that green rayon is.  Let’s see when the chocolate arrives…

just a reminder, in black & white, so you can really see the yoryu in the chocolate silk

just a reminder, in black & white, so you can really see the yoryu in the chocolate silk

Another call to Brooke yesterday, after silk’s arrival & laundering, confirmed it, and she gave me some suggestions for how to lay out patterns.  Thank you again, Brooke!

Yoryu is a term that indicates a lengthwise, permanent crinkle woven into a fabric.

Thus, another of Life’s little mysteries is solved, and I’m closer to actually USING this green rayon.


doin’ laundry


Actually yesterday & today’s bits of new fabric!

As soon as I unwrapped that chocolate silk it went into a basin, and was hand washed & hung in the shower.  I absolutely love it!  Have 2 yards and originally thought it would make nice lingerie.  But now that it’s in hand, realize it might be a little too stiff, so will ponder some more.

This morning I got busy with my next two favourites: the luscious golds that’ll brighten up rainy days.  Have a yard of each, and again, not too specific about how I’ll use them.

The silk-cotton stripe is gossamer, whilst the rayon matches one of the stripes in the silk-rayon.  They could easily be worn together.  Another set of possibilities to ponder, whilst getting busy with late summer dresses.  :-)

another ickle packet . . .


Told you I couldn’t resist that 30% Sale over at The Fabric Store!  Even 3,000 miles away, it was calling my name.  Now I can’t wait for REAL Autumn weather!  (click a pic to see details)


weekly photo challenge: silhouette


Sil`hou*ette“, n. [F.; -- so called from Etienne de Silhoutte, a French minister of finance in 1759, whose diversion it was to make such portraits on the walls of his apartments.] A representation of the outlines of an object filled in with a black color…

Interesting definition from the 1913 dictionary, isn’t it?  How to illustrate this in sewing… flummoxing! . . . but let me lure you into the mind of a sewer  .   .   .   .   .



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Sewers are obsessed, generally, with detail, and we can see that detail much better in an outline format, as shown in these 2 examples.  I positioned the colour examples at the end of each set so you might get used to the somewhat lack of detail in the black & white versions, and then be properly surprised when you view the colour.

Were you?!

I know these aren’t proper silhouettes, but we just don’t deal very much with them in sewing.  Oh!  Light bulb moment: If you’re thinking . . .   these are from Emma One Sock & you can click the piccie to go directly to the fabric on her site.






Original WordPress post is here.

Other photos over here…

getting through…


(click to go to source)

(click to go to source & larger view)

A huge shout out to Scott (remember the book pillow?), who writes Furrowed Middlebrow from San Francisco, where he’s posted some great Punch cartoons from WW II years, including this.

The cartoonist, Anton, was eventually a woman.  Eventually?!  Go read Scott’s post and you’ll find the answer!

Hope they get you through to Friday evening!

did you know…

a corner of my transitional/Autumn/Winter board

a corner of my transitional/Autumn/Winter board

The French are having their own Sewing Bee !

If you haven’t heard, the French series begins 30 August, and blogger CarmencitaB is in it!

Check out her French/English blog post here, and enjoy the little clip she’s included at the end (in French). Sewing involves a certain amount of international language, and I’ll bet most of us can follow along.

A good fabric sale is not to be missed, as we all know.  Well, I’m not missing The Fabric Store‘s 30% off all fabric, even if I’m 3,000 miles away.

More will follow next week… . . .  :-)

A bit of silk, a bit of light merino wool. . . .

.  .  .  .  .   think long-sleeved tee shirts, longer skirts, a Papercut Circle Top . . .

tis the season: ginger + peaches


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Thought I might share this quicky recipe to jazz up peaches, even when it’s not been a great harvest.

Either stove top (as I did) or microwave (use glass or plastic)

I’ve done this with unripe peaches, mushy peaches (cut off the bad spots), wrinkled peaches (i.e., getting dried out)

  • Slice your peaches as you choose
  • Put in a bowl or pan, depending on where you’re cooking them
  • Add ginger (I used powdered, but freshly grated or candied would also work) to taste
  • I don’t add sugar, as a rule, but you add it you like it

For stove top method, add a bit of water so peaches don’t stick
Let the peaches cook & the water mostly boil away, until there’s thick syrup left

Either eat right away, or…
Allow to cool before placing in storage container & refrigerating

You’re done!

This can also be used as the filling for a pie or with a cobbler topping, but you still need to pre-cook the peach mixture.  You’re on your own for those recipes, as I don’t care for crusts.