Friday, March 23, 2007

The burn test

I bought 3 pieces of grey fabric from the Western Market in Hong Kong a couple (or maybe 3) years ago, that I was assured was Armani and made of silk - maybe silk linen blend - I can't remember exactly now. I am sure he did a burn test to prove to me. But now when I test I am not so sure. What can I say - it is so hot there and you get confuzzled!

In the photo I tested several fabrics. The two on the left I know are poly, the two on the right I know are what are the middle two? You can see that they have curled up and outside they do have a shiny look to the burn. But I can rub ash off them. One smells a bit like wood burning. So I suppose (maybe) a silk blended with a synthetic.

Anyway I was thinking of making a dress/ jumper (as per Summerset's suggestion) as a transeasonal garment and using some beautiful Chanel silk as the lining. The lining is also from the Western Market but from a different seller - it has the word Chanel woven into it. A (very) small piece of it was used for the burn test - second from the right. But, I don't think I will waste my Chanel on a poly blend dress.

So what shall I make today - I think a late summer skirt. Cotton from Spotlight! Today it is 35 degrees (95 F) but tomorrow only 21 (70F) - that's Melbourne for you!
I will make a dress/jumper from the Armani (hey I am still calling it that) another day but use another lining. I am now thinking RED lining - with shoes, belt and lippy to match!


Summerset said...

Sounds like a plan!

I like the idea of the "Armani" with a red lining. I have a black dress with red pinstripe that I put a red lining in - it's fabulous to wear. Actually, I like putting unusual linings in things.

The Chanel fabric is quite something - save that for a really stunning garment! I'd use it to line a Chanel style suit, and I'd go for it and go the whole nine yards with all the handstitching in the jacket.

els said...

Hi Vicky , great fabrics and love the Chanel fabric.
Another more precise way to do a burn test is unravel some grosgrain threads and use a pair of tweezers to hold them, use a lighter for a flame instead of a match. Hold the threads with the tweezer above the sink or use a clean ashtray and light the threads to do the burn test.