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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.


gathered instrument skirt

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Have been drooling over this rayon remnant since adding it to stash well over a year ago. Finally decided to sit down and just sew it up this past weekend, and give myself a treat.

The piccies should show how it was done – a simple gathered skirt with a slight change, because the fabric has such an attractive-to-me selvage.

I must add a bit about the flexible bodkin I’ve owned for donkey’s years.  It made inserting elastic a breeze – I spent more time making photos than inserting the elastic. A quick internet search shows an updated form available at various sewing places. Search for ‘flexible bodkin.’

I decided to sew the one side seam to the outside, and realized when I started sewing the casing for the elastic that I couldn’t leave the side seam flapping around loose. So I sewed it down flat, which made completing the casing easy-peasy.

To make the casing I folded the top of the skirt down about 1 inch and sewed all round, leaving about an inch not sewn. That’s where I inserted the 1/4 inch elastic. If you don’t leave that opening, which can be sewn closed after elastic’s inserted, how are you going to get that elastic inside?!

Being truly lazy, I also decided I liked the wee fringe at the bottom of the skirt, and made a narrow zigzag around to secure thread from raveling.  That was the “hem.” Then I threw it in the wash* and waited to see if the hem raveled.  It did.  I may go back and do a rolled hem edge with the serger, and cut off the little fringe. We’ll see.


* note I ALWAYS prewash fabric; if it goes into stash it’s liable to get looked at, laid out & looked at, and washed several more times before finally getting sewn