Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Resistance was futile

I tried, I really tried. But I couldn't do it ...
I could not resist!
I bought 3 yards of this silk/rayon blend when I was at Fabrique
buying the yardage for my daughter's wrap.

It's a silk burnout, or what is also called a devore.
Basically, the blend of silk and rayon are woven together
and dyed accordingly,
then a caustic substance  - sodium bisulfate - is applied,
in this case following the stripes.
The rayon, which is a cellulose product (made from wood pulp),
is burned away leaving behind the silk, which is a protein product.
The process does not weaken the silk fiber, 
but it does produce a semi-sheer effect where the rayon was burned out.

I hope these close-up photos give you a better idea:
The wide, lighter stripes are where the burnout occurred.

For this photo I laid the fabric on top of some teal-colored chenille
which really pops the color variations.

My plan is to make either a skirt or a dress with
an aqua-colored underlayment.
I'm toying with the idea of pleats ... small ones that 
follow the burnout stripes.


Donna Wilkes said...

I don't even sew any more, but I could not have left this fabric at the store. Gorgeous colors.

Jenna LaFevor said...

Great fabric!

Jenna @ http://rainonatinroof.com

Alison said...

What gorgeous fabric, I can't wait to see what it turns in to :)


Jacquelineand.... said...

That fabric IS irresistible, love it and can't wait to see what you do with it!

Cindy@NorthofWiarton said...


Isobel Morrell said...

What lovely colours - and thanks for explaining the devore and following process(es)! Calling in as a fellow guest on the Fluster Buster Muster - isn't it fun, and what a selection of posts to read! Blow the housework!

Isobel: www.ColdhamCuddliescalling.blogspot.com

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

Gorgeous fabric! Love the colors. If you can make anything with pleats, then you are the queen of sewing. I never learned to sew properly. Even a button is iffy for me. :) Hope you are having a great week. Tammy

Una said...

Hello, Hilary. I have nominated your lovely blog for a Liebster Award. Read all about it on my blog at http://bagsofwool.blogspot.co.uk/2013/03/another-liebster-award.html

I hope you can find time to play along. Best wishes, Una, Great Balls of Wool.

dedivahdeals.com said...

Very nice, can't wait to see what you create.

HandJ Cobb said...

gorgeous fabric! I can't wait to see you you make of it!


Lish Hummel said...

Beautiful fabric-love the colors :)

Katherines Corner said...

looking forward to the big reveal. Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop xo

Margaret Reed said...

Hi, That is a beautiful piece. I no longer sew too much. I made my bridesmaid dresses 17 yrs ago and have not made anything since besides some home decor. But when I did sew alot, I could not walk away from the fabric store with out having all these visions and just had to buy more pieces then I went in for.

Kelly Blackwell @ Heres My Take On It said...

That is stunning!

Tanya Runkle said...

So pretty!! My sewing machine is a bit dusty, but as a fellow fabric hoarder I would have had to bring this home as well :)

xo, Tanya

Fluster Buster said...

Beautiful fabric! Thank you for linking up at Fluster's Creative Muster.

Robin @ Fluster Buster

Marisa said...

Since you left me a comment on my blog, I decided to come to visit your blog for the first time and I love it! I like the variety of your creations. I'm your new follower, and I will come visit you often. Thanks for stopping by my blog and leave me a comment, was that comment that allowed me to discover your blog!
Love your fabric!!!!
Marisa from

Sarah Louise said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog, following back! :o) This fabric is absolutely lovely, no wonder you couldn't resist! Looking forward to learning lots from your blog, I am new to sewing and your blog is very inspiring! Have a great weekend.

Sarah from

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