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Cheap silk source?

Posted: Thu Aug 17, 2006 6:55 pm
by sally
Anyone point me towards a cheap online supplier of silk, probably dupion of something of a similar weight. Its for a frock for a family wedding and I refuse to pay £10 a metre for the stuff in the shops round here when I need about 5 m. Odd bits on ebay but not enough in the colour I want (a sort of harebell blue). I know it can be got cheaper, just can't pin down a sensible source.

Posted: Thu Aug 17, 2006 8:30 pm
by JC Milwr
www.cheapfabrics.co.uk have dupion at 8.49 a metre, I doubt you'll get it any cheaper than that!

They don't stock every colour though...

Posted: Thu Aug 17, 2006 8:41 pm
by sally
Its a start! I can get 5 yards on ebay for £25 but its a bit lighter than the shade I wanted, maybe I'll have a go at dyeing it :? I used to see it cheap all the time, all of a sudden I need some and can't get it. Ho hum. I don't mind spending on fabric for other people, but I hate doing it for outfits for me, especially when it will probably only get worn once or twice.

Posted: Thu Aug 17, 2006 9:39 pm
by frances
Find an Indian sari shop. They do lots orf cheap silk in all sorts of colours. Or you can buy a sari and get all that lovely edging thrown in. A sari length is around 5-7m.

Posted: Thu Aug 17, 2006 9:44 pm
by Drachelis
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I would have suggested Cheap Fabrics too
taffeta is about the same weight as dupion not sure of price on that - I use James Hare and Kandola but they are high end and the prices reflect that.

Habutai is cheaper but may not be heaavy enough

Do watch e-bay with silk though - so many say slk when they mean rayon taffeta -

Cheryl
Shadowlight Designs

Posted: Fri Aug 18, 2006 6:38 am
by sally
cheers all, yep, I'd noticed the 'silky' v 'silk' on ebay and have been specifically asking sellers if it is 100%. Hadnt thought of a sari for this dress, I've used them for fabric for dance costumes, but hadnt yet seen any stiff enough for this frock. Good idea though, I'll revisit the sari lengths :D In eth meantime I've picked up the lighter ength and will have a go at dyeing it, I quite like the effect of a washed dupion, so it will be interesting to see how it comes out. :D

Posted: Fri Aug 18, 2006 12:41 pm
by Tuppence
For future reference, the ebay seller "lucy1847" (I think - may be '57 or '67... :? is a guy I buy from on leeds market.

He might be worth contacting to see what he's got.

Posted: Sun Aug 20, 2006 8:23 pm
by Cat
Mr. Ali's got some nice weight slub silk for £5 a metre at the moment, and can get you different colours if you ask him.

Posted: Sun Aug 20, 2006 9:44 pm
by Sledge
I agree - Ali from Herts Fabrics has got some lovely silks (as Pete's wallet found out at Bosworth on Saturday!!).

Also - Ali is expecting some more in stock within the next few weeks - and it's all at £5 per metre.

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Posted: Sun Aug 20, 2006 9:45 pm
by Sledge
I agree - Ali from Herts Fabrics has got some lovely silks (as Pete's wallet found out at Bosworth on Saturday!!).

Also - Ali is expecting some more in stock within the next few weeks - and it's all at £5 per metre.

8) 8) 8)

Posted: Sun Aug 20, 2006 9:47 pm
by Sledge
I agree - Ali from Herts Fabrics has got some lovely silks (as Pete's wallet found out at Bosworth on Saturday!!).

Also - Ali is expecting some more in stock within the next few weeks - and it's all at £5 per metre.

8) 8) 8)

Posted: Mon Aug 21, 2006 8:52 am
by Alice the Huswyf
Funnily enough - at Bosworth, Ali had some nice silks at £5 (or has someone mentioned this already? )

INCLUDING a very interesting unweighted black shot silk dupioni type, supple and floaty, almost like a textured voile.

Posted: Mon Aug 21, 2006 8:54 am
by sally
I hadnt thought of Ali for silk, I'm so used to seeing wool and linen on his stall it didnt even cross my mind.

Probably sorted for this project now, but I will definately go talk silk with him next time I see him :D

Posted: Mon Aug 21, 2006 9:05 am
by Alice the Huswyf
....and don't start me on the lightweight taffeta-types, damasked, flocked and unflocked......

Posted: Mon Aug 21, 2006 9:30 am
by Annie the Pedlar
I hadnt thought of Ali for silk, I'm so used to seeing wool and linen on his stall it didnt even cross my mind.


Ali has loads of stuff and can't fit everything in his van every time so he's worth asking if you are looking for something other than wool and linen. It is hit and miss as most are end of rolls. Some are really expensive material with a flaw (as you chop the stuff up to make a costume you can usually work round it - (or if you are a Wise Woman - incorporate it :wink: ). Back to end of rolls - in May he said was running out of the copies of historical fabrics (originally made to refurbish historic houses) but was expecting to stock up with more - so nothing to help finding your silk, Sally, but somewere for the wannabe posh to look for damasks and brocades.

don't start me on the lightweight taffeta-types, damasked, flocked and unflocked......

(Are you dreaming of being a posh princess then Alice?)

Posted: Mon Aug 21, 2006 9:57 am
by Alice the Huswyf
Pray, Doris the Huckster, tell me why I should accept demotion to mere posh princess when I am already Empress of the Hearth and Queen Of All She Puts Away? Honestly, these Tudor riff-raff think they invented precedence!

I just kept looking and thinking 'georgian' and 'ballgown' and 'no idea but I just want it' (and drooling discretely)

Posted: Mon Aug 21, 2006 11:08 am
by Drachelis
I would agree that Ali sometimes has soe absolute gems.

I have picked up some of his historical houses stuff for houppelandes - lovely to work with and looks fabulous made up. I also picked up some super fabric for posh C15 doublets with the puffy sleeves - I managed to get stuff in quite a f ew colourways.

The knsck with Ali is to make his stall the first you visit snd early too - that way you have the pick of ehat he has - if yu leave it - its gone - and don't do a look recky and then go bacl later to buy - disappointment guaranteed.

Cheryl
Shadowlight Designs

Posted: Mon Aug 21, 2006 11:09 am
by Cat
Did you see the shot silks he had, and the stripy dark blue textured one? Oh, and the really in yer face YELLOW slub, which was so alarming I may have to work out how to incorporate some into my C18th kit.

Posted: Mon Aug 21, 2006 7:34 pm
by Alice the Huswyf
It was the pink-shot yellow diamond pin-tucked taffeta that challenged the most: you loved it, you wanted it but you just couldn't think how you would wear it.

Posted: Tue Aug 22, 2006 10:57 am
by Cat
:lol: yep! I really liked the blue striped one though. I feel a waistcote coming on to complement my (entirely Hollywood) pirate look.

Or I could go against the grain and make a frock. Hmmmm. It's all cheap and NICE!

Posted: Tue Aug 29, 2006 4:05 pm
by The YE Olde Costume Maker