Thanks so much to all of you for expanding my fabric knowledge! My fabric
is now officially dyed, and i'm happy with the result. RIT Dye recommends
the fabrics 50% or more polyester not be dyed. Does anyone know why? i
went ahead, though i'm still not sure about the fabric's content. i did
find an interesting site regarding the burn test:
i'm no scientist; it seems like my fabric could be silk...or acetate...but
probably just some bizarre blend of man-made fibers.
So as my overdress is faux silk-satin, could anyone recommend a fabric for
an underdress? i have some white cotton, which doesn't seem appropriate,
but if i buy silk, that's a *lot* of sumptuous fabric...and i don't want it
to 'show-up' my satin overdress. Would linen work? i've gotten mixed
messages as to whether the underdress was the sole undergarment for a
cotehardie, so i'm afraid i'm grasping at straws and needing to do a little
more research. Learning, slowly but surely!
"The misuse of language induces evil in the soul."
>From: "Alison Choyce" <choyce@...>
>Subject: Re: [SCA Newcomers] Re: garb fabric
>Date: Tue, 8 Feb 2005 17:25:07 -0500
>----- Original Message -----
><< Satin is in fact period to the SCA time frame.>>
>Yes, satin is a period weave.
><<if it is in fact made of natural fiber (usually silk).>>
>Silk, linen, and wool were all made into satin. Silk makes the prettiest
>satin. And of course silk dyes into more brilliant colors than you can get
>with wool or linen.
><<(I just made a 12th century Frankish style dress out of some great olive
>that I got off a clearance rack at walmart for $1 a yard...and to my
>surprise I think it's actually made from natural fibers since it burns
>instead of melts when it touches flame.) >>
>Sounds like you did well. Your dress must be beautiful in that color. The
>problem with using polyester or nylon is that 1) you would be uncomfortable
>wearing it, especially in hot weather. It does not breathe. And 2) it can
>be dangerous if you are cooking or are sitting close to a campfire, because
>if it catches fire you are more likely to be injured since it will keep
>burning. Wool silk and linen do not tend to continue to burn when they are
>pulled away from the flame. 3) Finally, if it is important to you be as
>accurate as you can be, then you would want to use what would have been
>available to your persona. At least to the extent it's available to us.
>Most people prefer not to use cotton in part because it was not commonly
>used, was more expensive than silk where it was available, and because it
>is less comfortable to wear than silk or lightweight wool in the heat. But
>to get good brocades most people overlook those problems and opt for cotton
>since most re-enactors cannot afford silk brocade, and it is still a
>Shire of Hartshorn-dale, East Kingdom
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