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We write about the things we love… fabric, sewing, design, and tradition. If our shop is your source for fabulous fabrics, our blog is your source for useful and diverting information on the topics you care most about. Join us for a close look at textiles (silk and all the others), what makes them special, and practical tips for working with them in your sewing. See how particular fabrics fared in our in-house tests. Check out our step-by-step tutorials, useful tips, and reports from the field, including our own Silk Road adventures. Dive into the history of textiles and discover what lies behind the fabrics we use today. Consider this blog your own personal repository of useful knowledge… as well as just a great read.

Fabric weight explained

Fabric weight explained

28.04.2021 Of interest

Fabric weight is one of the key elements in any fabric description. It’s an indicator of what a cloth is actually made of and what it could be good for. In online fabric shops you’ll find it listed alongside textile content and width, in brick-and-mortar shops it’s on the sticker at the end of the bolt. So, what exactly does it tell you?

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Průvodce zakázkovým šitím

Průvodce zakázkovým šitím

26.04.2021 Need to know

Říkáte si, že by bylo lepší nechat si nové kalhoty nebo šaty ušít na zakázku, ale nevíte, kam jít a co očekávat? Využívat služby krejčových a švadlen v dnešní době již není tak obvyklé. Prakticky jakékoli oblečení lze snadno a levně koupit v obchodech, které jsou téměř na každém rohu. S výběrem kvalitního oblečení je to ale horší, a pokud máte navíc nekonfekční postavu, nákupy se stávají noční můrou.

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What is EcoVero?

What is EcoVero?

08.03.2021 Need to know

Once little more than a substitute for natural silk, rayon is starting to look a lot like the material of the future. EcoVero, its latest iteration, is an eco-friendly fiber that outperforms not just synthetics in terms of environmental responsibility, but many natural fibers as well.

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How to choose silk for a cosmetic pillow

How to choose silk for a cosmetic pillow

12.01.2021 Need to know

Silk pillowcases are having a moment, and it’s no wonder. Not only are they a dream to sleep on, they keep your skin hydrated and even prevent bedhead. We’ll look at what the fuss is all about and help you choose the right fabric to make your own. Find out what silk can do for your beauty sleep.

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Types of silk

Types of silk

10.01.2021 Need to know

Did you know there’s more than one kind of natural silk? It’s true, and not only do different silk moths made different kinds of silk, there are also different types depending on the quality of the yarn itself and how it was made. Each kind of silk has its own characteristics that you should know if you plan to wear it. To make an educated choice it’s good to know the basics. So, here we go!

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How to find a good dry cleaner

How to find a good dry cleaner

08.12.2020 Need to know

That silk dress was a real find, but – d’oh! – the tag says dry clean only. At a loss? Here are a few tips on finding a good cleaner. It’s easier than you may think and it’s certainly worth the effort. If you’ve been living in jeans and a t-shirt and this is your first foray into the world of professional cleaning, take a deep breath and read on. Levels of service and know-how can vary widely but a good dry cleaner can be worth their weight in gold. Choose wisely (we tell you how) and your clothes will thank you.

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Wool fabrics through the ages

Wool fabrics through the ages

28.11.2020 Of interest

Planning a historical costume but you’re not sure which fabric to choose? No need to wade through piles of history books – we’ve done the research for you. This short guide to historical wools covers everything from traditional wool processing techniques to pointers for choosing an authentic weave.

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All about wool

All about wool

20.10.2020 Need to know

Wool is the ultimate cold-weather warrior. Here’s a look at the many varieties that are out there, what makes them each special, and tips on how to tell if what you’re looking at is even wool to begin with. We’ll cover all the bases, from soft merino to virgin wool, recycled wools and fine worsteds. They all have a place in our wardrobes in everything from warm overcoats and sweaters to thermal underwear. Why not get to know them better?

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How to tell real silk

How to tell real silk

12.10.2020 Need to know

You don’t need an advanced degree in textiles or years of expertise working with fabrics in order to recognize whether what you’re buying is natural silk. All you need is a little knowledge and a dose of caution.

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How to wash silk

How to wash silk

08.09.2020 Need to know

So there you were, browsing our silk fabric selection and dreaming up a fabulous new dress or pretty top, when all of the sudden your practical side burst in and said: But it’s silk… how will you ever wash it? Well, we’ve been wondering the same thing. So we decided to take some samples and find out for ourselves.

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Linen bedding – Choosing the perfect fabric

Linen bedding – Choosing the perfect fabric

21.07.2020 Blog

Does pure linen bedding make you think of a modern, eco-friendly household? Or a rustic cottage? Linen is a unique material with undeniable charm. It is durable, comfortably cool, easy to care for, and a dream to sleep in. If you’ve been flirting with the idea of sewing a linen duvet cover, this article will answer all of your questions.

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All about silk

All about silk

02.07.2020 Need to know

Silk is an absolute classic, sought after for its beauty and exquisite softness, shunned for its price tag and supposed frailty. But is natural silk really so expensive or so impractical? How many kinds of silk are out there? And what makes silk so utterly irresistible? Let us clear up some questions (and bust some myths) for one of nature’s most intriguing materials.

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Sleep like royalty – Best fabrics for silk bedding

Sleep like royalty – Best fabrics for silk bedding

23.06.2020 Need to know

Silk bedding is a luxury you can treat yourself to every night. Make your own duvet cover and tuck yourself in without spending a king’s ransom. This guide will help you navigate our silk selection to choose just the right fabric for dreamy results.

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How to make a circle skirt: Part 2 – Sewing

How to make a circle skirt: Part 2 – Sewing

09.06.2020 Tutorials

The circle skirt is a classic that will make a great addition to any summer wardrobe, and with this “sartorial” (eh-hem, Sartor + tutorial ;-) absolutely anyone can make one. Our detailed, two-part tutorial takes you through it step by step. In part one we outlined how to make your pattern and calculate fabric use. Now we’ll get down to the nitty gritty of cutting and sewing the skirt. After all the theory in part one, the hands-on work in part two will be a cake walk. Let’s get sewing!

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Types of silk fabrics – your complete guide

Types of silk fabrics – your complete guide

19.05.2020 Need to know

How well do you know your silk fabrics? Dupioni, serge, habotai… don’t be dismayed if it sounds like the roster of some pirate ship to you. We’ll help clear away some of the mystery and explain the types of silk fabric and what sets them apart. We’ll cover terminology, characteristics, tricks and tips for sewing, and which projects call for which fabrics. No two silks are the same.

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How to read laundry symbols

How to read laundry symbols

12.05.2020 Need to know

Ever wonder what those funny symbols on care labels mean? The washtub, the triangle, that little box with a circle inside? Get your decoder rings ready! This overview gives you the key to decipher what the manufacturer is trying to say. Now you’ll always know just how to wash, dry, and press your clothes. Never be vexed by the hieroglyphs on a care tag again!

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How to make a circle skirt: Part 1 – pattern and cutting

How to make a circle skirt: Part 1 – pattern and cutting

05.05.2020 Tutorials

The circle skirt is a timeless classic that you can make in any length. Whether you want a casual summer skater or a full-length formal number, it always delivers. This “sartorial” will equip you with the information and know-how you need to make one yourself, even if you’re new to sewing. In part one, you’ll learn how to choose the cut and fabric that’s right for you, make a pattern and position it for cutting, and calculate how much fabric you need. In part two, I’ll walk you through how to make a circle skirt, step by step.

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Czech kroj: Focus on traditional folk costumes in the Chod region

Czech kroj: Focus on traditional folk costumes in the Chod region

10.04.2020 Of interest

Fertoch, jupka, kandus, rozplasenka, serka! When we talk about traditional folk costumes – “kroj” in Bohemia (or Silesia, Moravia, and Slovakia for that matter) it means grappling with a whole new vocabulary. I learned that the hard way when I set off this February on a quick information gathering trip to western Bohemia. We were working on a new brocade in our historical reproduction series… and for the first time ever, I had a living, breathing first-hand source to answer my questions!

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From cocoon to thread – How silk is made

From cocoon to thread – How silk is made

24.03.2020 Of interest

It’s common knowledge that silk is made from the snow-white cocoon of the mulberry silk moth. But how do we go from that tightly spun wad to a perfect, endless thread? The secret of silk production was closely guarded by the Chinese court for millennia and those who would talk faced death. Yet it turns out that all you need if you’d like to see how it works, is a cup of warm water...

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Make your own face mask

Make your own face mask

16.03.2020 Tutorials

We have put together step-by-step guide on how to sew a face mask. And not just any face mask. This is no pleated rectangle, but a stylish, tailored face protector, that you can wear proudly. If you’ve got a scrap of Sartor brocade lying around, all the better.

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Historical reenactments and medieval battles: Tips for events around the world

Historical reenactments and medieval battles: Tips for events around the world

Historical reenactments, battles, swordsmanship, medieval costumes and crafts… There’s a whole world out there that’s out of this world. People from all walks of life shed their everyday identities and get together to make the past come alive. The calendar is packed with fantastic events to thrill and inspire you.

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Are those real pearls?

Are those real pearls?

05.03.2020 Need to know

Real pearls are a classic that deserve a place in every jewelry box. But how can you tell if your pearls are real? There are a handful of simple tests that will help you recognize whether that lovely set of pearls you saw on sale – and simply must have – are the real thing or not.

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Choosing bridal gown fabrics

Choosing bridal gown fabrics

27.02.2020 Need to know

Choosing bridal gown fabrics and laces can be a challenge. If you’re about to take the plunge and feeling a little nervous, it’s no wonder. This is a situation where there’s no room for trial and error. As luck would have it though, many have gone there before you. Here are some practical tips from the front lines to help you on your way.

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Wheeling and dealing… in silk cocoons

Wheeling and dealing… in silk cocoons

21.02.2020 Of interest

The hall explodes in frenzied activity as brokers rush to buy and sell. Deals are struck. Fortunes are made. But we’re not on Wall Street. And it’s not stocks and bonds trading hands… It’s silkworm cocoons. Welcome to the great cocoon market in Karnataka, where our Indian silks begin their journey to you.

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