Silk: worth the wait

I am lucky enough to have good friends that know me well. They know my personality, my disposition, and my complete and total fabric snobbery.


I have been sewing for as long as I can remember. I use to sit at my Grandma’s machine and sew up all the scraps she had pulled from old garments. It was a machine that had the “pedal” to the right of the knee, not on the floor, thank goodness or I would have had to wait until I was 12 to start sewing!

For many, many years I use to find the least expensive fabrics possible to whip up into clothing. I just wanted to churn out clothes. The fabric I used, the fit or even the type of garment I made really wasn’t important.

A few years back I stumbled into the world of sewing blogs – I was fascinated by them. One of my favourite finds was the blog Sallieoh. I did the normal stalker thing and read through everything I could find on her blog and I came across this post. It completely spoke to me. And it completely changed how I looked at my hobby, my art.

All this to say, I am now firmly rooted in the fabric snob category and I want to love wearing the fabric that I wear.

So, back to my girlfriend; she was on a trip to LA and visited the garment district. She also has a love of fine fabrics (this would be the friend that came for a visit) and spoiled me with 2 cuts of silk and a generous cut of bamboo jersey.


I have a RTW top that I love to wear and thought would be a fantastic shape to showcase the fabric. Since it was precious fabric, I didn’t want to jump straight to cutting into it. I decided that instead of spending the time pulling a pattern from my perfect fitting top, I would go the easier route and buy a pattern. I hunted around and finally landed on McCall’s 6927. So I grabbed some silk blend stash fabric (purchased at a great price) and got to work. It was a disaster. The head of the shoulder I ended up taking most of it apart (french seams and all) and re-cutting the sleeve head down.


Back together it went but it wasn’t quite perfect. Enter fabric number 2. Stash fabric, but again the fit was just off.


Finally I decided that the best course of action was to pull a pattern from the RTW shirt I loved. Now by this point I was determined to get the fit exactly the way I wanted and was not going to cut into my silk until it was spot on. This time I went to my scrap bin and found some floral poly silky fabric and set to work. The fit was spot on.


And then it was time, time to cut into the precious yardage and voila.



Let me tell you, I have nothing but bitty pieces of scraps left of this fabric.


Have you ever had a vision of a garment in your head that you didn’t give up on? Did it turn out or did you end up with a wadder?


2 thoughts on “Silk: worth the wait

  1. Love this post. Especially the link to sallieoh’s post on champagne taste — I can SO see how this has influenced your thoughts on fabric and clothing production.

    While I (so clearly!) am no seamstress, I have taken many of your lessons on fit and fabric to heart – For starters, swearing off of stretchy pattered polyester! And ill fitting jeans! I think you have saved me thousands of dollars in clothes that I would have passed on after sitting in my closet for a few months.

    I’m really enjoying your blog, can’t wait to see more!

    (and can’t wait to see what that black silk turns into one day…)


    1. I also can’t wait to see what the gorgeous cut of black and gold silk turns into! As of now, it’s sitting in a place of honour in my stash waiting to tell me what it wants to be!

      As for fit and fabric – they certainly can make or break a garment. Both handmade and store bought. I can attest to the fact that you are spot on with your eagle eye for fine fabrics and fit!

      Glad to hear you’re enjoying the blog 🙂


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