By Sharmini Jayawardena
Fabric on display at a high end craft shop
Let me begin at the beginning. I need to say that my affinity for fabrics came from my mother who was trained in dress 👗 making and by extension, fabrics, in her studies in Home Economics. (Lady Irwin College, New Delhi, India).
Beyond that, while a student myself, I kept or maintained a book 📖 📚 of samples of the various stitches 🧵 we were taught in our sewing class. My horizons on fabrics and stitching were broadened by these lessons along with input from my mother, from an early age.
This, urged me to venture into stitching my own clothes, as well as my mother’s, in my teenage years.
My mother would make all of the paper patterns or blocks as she called them with newspaper back issues or old newspaper.
I would create my own design most of the time, or copy a design from the fashion magazines, and use the basic patterns created by my mother to cut and stitch my dresses 👗 and pants 👖, by hand and by machine.
This is how my interest in fabrics and stitching grew. I express my eternal gratitude to my mother for sharing all of her knowledge and expertise with me.
Let us consider this post a tribute to my mother, Irene Marguerite Jayawardena. I love 💗 you, mama❣️
Brigitte Bardot, with second husband, Jacques Charrier, in her groundbreaking Gingham and Broderie Anglaise, wedding dress, made by fashion designer, Jacques Esterel.
2. 100% Cotton – 100% Cotton Embroidery Fabric Cream
3. Polyester – stretch polyester, 98% polyester, 2% elastane for making shirt, dress, skirt, trousers
4. Woolen – 100% Woolen
Buckram – can can.
8. Laces – Broderie Anglaise, Guipure Lace, Chantilly lace, Eyelash lace fabric and trimming, Tissue lace, Embroidered lace.
11. Calico – Amu rédhi in Sinhala, or raw cotton cloth.
12. Muslin – In Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity – UNESCO
15. Silk, Kashmir silk
19. Homespun or Handloom
25. Hounds Tooth
28. Tartan or Plaid
29. Viscose – not flammable
30. Rayon – flammable
My Goldi Glamour Sewing 🧵 Box / needle work box embellished with steampunk items – scissors, reel of thread, thimble, needle 😊
I read the biography of Coco Chanel sometime ago, (borrowed from the British Council Library in Colombo), with much glee, as it was interesting no end! Sadly I’m unable to locate the book online and I do not recall the name of the biographer.