Printed Moto Jacket — Lapels

This is the square of silk that I washed on top of the unwashed silk yardage.

This is the square of silk that I washed on top of the unwashed silk yardage.

As I was laying out my motorcycle jacket pattern on the velvet, I remembered some black doubleface duchesse satin that I bought at a silk mill in Sudbury, UK. I went there a few years ago when I lived in London. I blogged a little about the trip here. The silk is actually the kind of silk that is meant for use in tuxedo lapels and racing stripes. It is heart-stoppingly gorgeous. I had a lot, but then I made this coat, which used most of the fabric. But anyway, I was thinking about lapels, then about this silk, and thought, why not?

I took a square of the silk and washed it in the machine. It came out with almost the same hand, but with a cool marbled effect that will go well with the design of the jacket. There was very little shrinkage. Now, the plan is to wash a larger piece of the silk, and use it for the lapels and the facings.

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6 Comments

  1. Posted February 5, 2014 at 8:30 am | Permalink | Reply

    It will be lovely. A silk mill in Sudbury with a shop! A trip beckons.

  2. Posted February 5, 2014 at 10:14 am | Permalink | Reply

    I’m already in love and in awe with this project! It is going to be an AMAZING jacket!

  3. Posted February 5, 2014 at 11:07 am | Permalink | Reply

    OMG, I will be following your process with bated breath…I agree with Carolyn, I am in love and in awe!

  4. Posted February 5, 2014 at 1:16 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Yummmy yummy silk! :D

  5. Posted February 6, 2014 at 11:01 am | Permalink | Reply

    That’s so cool, how did you know it would turn out like that? Good luck with washing the larger piece!

    • Posted February 6, 2014 at 11:14 am | Permalink | Reply

      Thanks! I did not know how it would turn out, which is why I started out by washing a small square.

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