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How to make a circle skirt: Part 2 – Sewing

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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All about linen

Linen is an ancient fabric that’s well worth getting to know better. Practical, easy to care for, and very durable, it’s superior, in any number of ways, to cotton. What’s more, today’s modern linen is soft and comfortable—and it comes in an array of colors and patterns to suit any taste. Versatile linen can be used for just about anything!

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Types of silk fabrics – your complete guide

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 make a circle skirt: Part 1 – Circle skirt pattern and cutting

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: Traditional folk costume in the Chod region

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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All about silk

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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From cocoon to thread – How silk is made

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

The coronavirus is at the door, you’re stuck at home practicing “social distancing,” and those weird, surgical face masks are sold out everywhere. Right? What you need is something to occupy your mind, and your hands. So, I’ve put together this 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, medieval costumes and tournaments: Our tips for historical 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? Tips to tell real pearls from fakes

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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2020 events calendar

Each year we make the rounds of events and trade fairs all over the world, and 2020 will be no different. So if you’d like to see our fabrics up close and personal but can’t make it to our shop in Prague, why not visit us on the road in the USA, Italy, France, or Germany..

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Wheeling and dealing… in silk cocoons

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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Choosing bridal gown fabrics

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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The many faces of rayon

Rayon is a wide-spread and very popular material. It is comfortable, easy to care for, and comes in many forms. This variety is where the confusion begins. What, for example, is the difference between modal and Tencel? How is rayon made from bamboo different from other kinds of rayon, and what are its benefits? Is there a difference between viscose and rayon?

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Fabric on Demand – Material Catalogue

None of our fabrics has the pattern you are looking for? Can’t you find the exact right color? Is your favorite fabric not in stock? Will your order be over 25m? In such case we can weave the fabric for you!

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Underbust Drafting Tutorial

A visual guide to Marianne Faulkner's underbust drafting tutorial from Foundations Revealed

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Color Palette

We have come up with our own color range which shows the most usual colors of our fabrics. We sort our fabrics by color following this palette. We also use it for naming the color shades. Since recently we assign each fabric a color shade from this palette which is closest to the real one. This will help you looking for a specific shade by filtering the fabrics by desired color in given category.

see our color palette

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