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Please help!

Im going to make Burda pattern 8374, please would you look at the picture on the front of the pattern to see what Im up against / looking for linktext http://www.ecrater.co.uk/p/2956735/burda-sewing-pattern-8374

I need to buy silk or taffeta fabric in MID BLUE, one silk plain for the skirt, one silk embroidered for the vest and jacket

Could someone please advise me where I can get these 2 fabrics – either in the UK or US as I have looked everywhere and I’ve emailed everyone

Looking forward to hearing from you all!



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  • 20596winter_20fairy_large

    Oct 3, 2011, 03.24 PMby sewingfan1

    www.cheapfabrics.co.uk is a great UK site if you want to buy online, easy to use and their descriptions and pictures really match what you get. They’ve defintely got plenty of silks and taffetas there.

    Birmingham has lots of great fabric stores in the centre near the markets or if you go to areas with a lot of sari shops you’d find loads of beautiful silks.

  • Blackberry_012_large

    Oct 3, 2011, 03.28 PMby AC1972

    Thank you so much sewingfan1, I’ve contacted cheapfabrics but they dont do the embroidered silk to match the plain fabric … thank you all the same :)

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    Oct 3, 2011, 04.21 PMby katexxxxxx

    You need these lovely peoples:



    They both do ranges of things that match, so give them a call. Both are lovely companies to work with.

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    • Blackberry_012_large

      Oct 4, 2011, 10.27 PMby AC1972

      Thank you Kate, I;ve ordered some samples from them both. Dont know what i’d have done without your advice, thank you for saving the day!

  • Blackberry_012_large

    Oct 8, 2011, 08.23 AMby AC1972

    Still cant find what I need! Can you suggest anywhere else to try? I need a mid blue embroidered silk with matching mid blue plain silk … can only find navy so far … no good

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    Oct 8, 2011, 04.32 PMby sewingfan1

    http://www.hansson-silks.co.uk/colouredembroideries.html has a beautiful blue fabric (it’s my idea of mid blue, but may not be yours) and on their plain dupion silks page (http://www.hansson-silks.co.uk/plaindupion.html ) it says they have over 130 shades in stock so there’d hopefully be one among them to match. I’ve never used them before so can’t say how good they are, but they certainly look beautiful.

    http://www.harrington-fabric-and-lace.co.uk/prod/fabric/fabric.html have a section that says matching embroidered and plain silks but it may only be the pinks and earthy colours available, you’d have to contact them to ask and I didn’t spot any prices on their site, which could mean they’re expensive!!!

    Are there no fabric shops or markets near you that you could visit? It might be easier if you actually saw the fabrics as you might find ones that match or work well together that aren’t exactly the same colour.

  • Blackberry_012_large

    Dec 9, 2011, 09.15 PMby AC1972

    Hi everyone, thank you all so much for your wonderful advice! I was coming on here yesterday to tell the sewing world about this wonderful German company who were going to supply me with what i needed …. until i received an email to say the fabric has been discontinued ans a computer error had failed to inform me ………………………… AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am now considering Organza over Lining fabric …. do any of you have any thoughts how that might work out for a jacket ?

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    Dec 10, 2011, 04.07 AMby vwbug74

    Please explain to me why the embroidered fabric has to be the EXACT tone/color as the other fabric? I understand that it’s possibly your choice but have you ever thought that it might be more interesting to have the fabrics on opposite ends of the color wheel? or just have them slightly off but appealing to the eye? If it’s this difficult to find the exact match but you still have the desire and need, maybe you should look at learning to dye your own fabric. It would probably take you less time, then searching for the unattainable.

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      Dec 10, 2011, 09.52 PMby AC1972

      Hi vwbug and thank you for your post. I am making the suit for a friend for her to wear to her son’s wedding …. hence the need for matching! I will investigate slightly off colours … so thank you … my initial enquiry was due to Burda making the suit in the picture with the matching fabrics :)

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    Dec 11, 2011, 01.54 AMby patti-r

    Hmmmm try a drapery shop, they use a wide variety of silks for Custom Drapery in an wide array of colors and some do sell it by the yard or metre. OR Take your friend with you to a fabric store so she can select the fabric let her do a little of the foot work. The Suit would be lovely in a 4 Ply Silk, very chic looking fabric.

    IMHO Organza over lining fabric may not work well, jacket needs to have structure to support the fabric like underlining and lining. Okay on soft or sheer sleeves or skirt overlays but can be a Hot Mess or Cheap Rag looking if not done correctly in a jacket.

    Check this out also check her blog for step by step info:


    If done on a tone on tone with organza accents

    like above details would still look elegant, but dupioni does need underlined and lined if not medium suit weight.

    Whatever you decide would love to see it finished please post a picture when your done.

  • 20596winter_20fairy_large

    Dec 11, 2011, 11.05 AMby sewingfan1

    Ah, sorry you’re having such trouble with it. You must be getting pretty frustrated. :-(

    There are a couple of reviews at this link http://sewing.patternreview.com/review/pattern/11616 from people who have made this pattern and neither of them used the recommended fabric so don’t feel you HAVE to go with what it says on the envelope.

    Maybe dyeing your own fabric would be a good idea as vwbug74 suggests? You could get a white embroidered fabric and plain one and dye them both to match. Might be easier.

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      Dec 14, 2011, 11.42 PMby AC1972

      oooooooooooooo sewing fan im loving that idea … is it possible? can you dye a silky type fabric? Patti-r I will try soome drapery shops … thank you all for your advice and guidance. Just wished the pattern pic didnt show impossible to find fabric :I

  • 20596winter_20fairy_large

    Dec 15, 2011, 09.58 AMby sewingfan1

    I’d have a look online for tips on dyeing different types of fabric, I’m too lazy to have gone down that route myself so can’t advise but it must be possible. I’m sure there should be no problem dyeing natural fabrics, it’s possibly different if you a man made one.

    There may be somewhere near you that would do it professionally if you ask around, or is there a fashion college or university near you? Maybe one of the students would do it for you for a small charge or they’d let you use their facilities?

    I hope you manage to get it done in then end, and that it turns out beautifully!

  • Blackberry_012_large

    Dec 17, 2011, 05.10 PMby AC1972

    thank you sewingfan1, there are some real kind helpful people on here!

  • 20596winter_20fairy_large

    Dec 17, 2011, 05.59 PMby sewingfan1

    I know, I think it’s a great site, have picked up such a lot of helpful advice.

  • Blackberry_012_large

    Jan 8, 2012, 10.59 PMby AC1972

    Found this FABULOUS site, does lots of matching fabrics, we’re about to place order, all is well in the world :) Happy New Year sewers! Check out:http://www.fabric-dreams.co.uk/:_:0.html

  • 20596winter_20fairy_large

    Jan 9, 2012, 04.39 PMby sewingfan1

    Wahay! The epic nears its conclusion (fingers crossed, but of course you can’t be sure til you have the fabric safely in your paws) ;-)

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    Jan 10, 2012, 01.28 PMby blueshoegal

    Where are you? I’m in MK and would consider going to Goldhawk road in London to get fabric. Or at a push, trying a local place (there’s ones in Bletchley, Wolverton or St Albans that I’ve used before).

  • Blackberry_012_large

    Jan 28, 2012, 02.06 PMby AC1972

    hello all. i have the fabric in my hands ……. !!! wow!!!! i have another question for you all : how to finish the hem of the skirt? The skirt will be lined and i plan on overlocking all seams but with a posh outfit like this do a overlock and then top stitch a real narrow seam? hand blind stitch would be v tricky as the fabric is a poly / viscose taffeta. Your thoughts would be gratefully received ….. !!!

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    Jan 28, 2012, 02.22 PMby katexxxxxx

    If you are fiully lining the jacket, don’t overlock the seams: just make a plain open seam. All the raw edges will be covered and protected by the lining, and overlocking them or the seams will give a ridge that will show on the outside when you press the garment.

    I presume you WILL make a toile and adjust the major fitting on that before altering and cutting the final pattern? Remember to trace off the pattern and make all your alterations on the tracing, so that you preserve the original pattern just in case things go wrong…

    I’d treat the skirt the same way and bag the hem. On this sort of garment and with this fabric, a topstitched hem looks cheap and tacky.

    Make up the skirt and the lining… Put the zippper in the skirt, but leave the waist unfinished. Mark the hem. Trim the hem/seam allowance down to 2cm on both the outer fabric and the lining. Pin the two together, right sides touching… Now slide the lining up so that about o.25cm of lining shows above the outer fabric. Sew about 1.75c. from the cut edge of the outer fabric, all along the hem line.

    Flip the lining to the inside and line up at the waist. At the hem the seam line will be just inside the hem. Press. GENTLY!

    Now finish off the waistband and sew the lining to the zipper tape by hand.

    PS: If the fabric frays insanely, cut wider seam allowances and mark your seam lines. Trim off the excess seam allowance with pinking sheers once you have done the fitting.

  • Blackberry_012_large

    Jan 28, 2012, 04.38 PMby AC1972

    Thank you Kate, I had wondered about bagging it! Fabulous advice thank you! The toile is made and adjusted and we’re on track! Thank you so much for your help!

  • Blackberry_012_large

    Feb 6, 2012, 08.11 AMby AC1972

    Quick question for you all : my lady has tried on the nearly finished jacket with lining. I had not cut the ease snips in the seams at the back, arms yet incase I had to let it out. The jacket is pulling slightly around the lower back. Do i snip the seams and see if that resolves the issue, or should I let out the seams slightly?

    Any thoughts gratefully received

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      Feb 6, 2012, 01.00 PMby katexxxxxx

      Is it lower back or hip area? Let it out a smidge, and clip where it DOESN’T need altering before clipping where you’ve altered. Do another fitting before final finishing.

  • Blackberry_012_large

    Feb 10, 2012, 11.12 PMby AC1972

    Thank you Kate, the slight pulling is around the lower back of the jacket. I will let is out a smidge, as you say, and get her to try it again. thank you XXX

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