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SisterT | Posted in General Discussion on

I am inaugurating the “Sacred Threads” thread!  I decided, quite on my own (and with a little help from God and Moses!) that the Sabbath is a day of rest, not a day of dissertation!  After an hour of looking appropriately pious at the Roman Catholic Cathedral in Harrisburg, PA (my field trip for the week!), I went out in search of the next sewing project.  The “Braid Embellishments” article in the last issue of Threads is still very much on my mind.

[If you have no idea who I am or what this is about, see the threads on “Vestments” and “Braid Embellishments”!]

A couple of discoveries…

1) The chasuble pattern that I have been using seems to have been yanked from the Simplicity catalog.  It is Simplicity #7950.  I have mixed feeling about its absence.  On the one hand, it was not a great pattern and needed a lot of alteration.  On the other hand, it was a great place to start for poor people like me who have no clue when it comes to pattern drafting!

2) I found a pattern for a “clergy shirt” (the shirt for priests, and seminarians I guess, that has the little white box at the throat–irreverently referred to as a postage stamp!).  That is Simplicity #7187.  If you are looking for such a thing, it is there for the taking.  It is designed for men.  There might be something in the blouses/shirts section for women.  I did not even think to look, and I apologize for that.

I have a question.  I changed the chasuble pattern (Simplicity 7950) quite a bit and came up with something that I think is a bit more on track with current chasuble designs and that fixes some flaws in the pattern.  It also has a lot more design options.  Is there any way that I can offer my pattern to Simplicity as an “upgrade”?  My pattern would probably need some corrections by a professional, but I have had good reviews on it so far from people who wear the chasubles!

Now–the braid embellishments!  I want to make a stole based on the article in the last issue of Threads.  I bought a couple of yards of ivory cross-stitch fabric for the background, and some felt for stabilizer.  The braid that the article refers to is only sold in white/ivory in Jo-Ann’s.  I miss the days when there was a choice of fabric stores!  I settled for something similar in a forest green.  Now I am collecting embellishment materials.  The rat-tail that the article refers to is sold in red, black, white and green in the above-mentioned chain.  Has anyone in the Washington, DC metro area seen it in any other colors?  The pictures in the article have such lovely colors!  I thought I might try G-Street next Sunday.  DC and Baltimore are not that far away, and I promise I will work on my dissertation all week!

Sr. Tracey



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    ehBeth | | #1

    I've got no answers to all of those good questions, ST. I just thought I'd try and bring this thread up higher on the list. Someone will have to know the answers to at least some of your questions.

  2. rjf | | #2

    Try Google and put in rattail.  You should get lots of sites to investigate.  And maybe some embellishments you hadn't thought of.  That would be fun.     rjf

    1. SisterT | | #3

      I wrote a long reply to you and hit the "cancel" button instead of "post".  My whole day has been like this!

      I found some rattail at a craft store, in a better selection of colors, but it was not what I was hoping to find.  Your website had better colors than the websites I found!  You must have high speed link up.  I am on a simple modem right now and I lose patience quickly (or dissertation-guilt seeps in!).

      You people who live in New York seem to have it easy!  The best websites for trimmings have New York addresses!

      There are a few stores in Washington, DC and Northern Virginia.  I was going to try them tomorrow, but today's lack of progress on my dissertation means that tomorrow is a SERIOUS work day.  I did buy some graph paper so that I could start to draw my stole design.  Oh, but when I submit this chapter there is going to be some major celebrating (i.e. sewing supply-shopping) taking place!


      Edited 8/23/2003 7:52:42 PM ET by ST

      1. SisterT | | #4

        Here is a "sacred threads" question.  I have a friend (female) who presides on occasion at prayer services.  She has asked me to make an alb for her.  No problem?  She is about 5 feet tall and she MIGHT weight 100 pounds soaking wet.  I wouldn't put any money on that, though!  She wears a size 2 because she cannot afford the clothing manufacturers that produce her true size (1?).  She wants something that makes her look professional, and I agree.  It would be great to make something out of a wool crepe, with lines that do not make her look like a kid playing grown-up.

        1) Does anyone know of alb patterns that already exist?  I did a quick google search and found nothing.  I am not on a DSL or high-speed line right now, so I may have missed something... I would be VERY happy to learn that there is a simple pattern out there.

        2) I have no experience in pattern-drafting, but would love to start.  It seems to me that a robe that hangs straight down from the shoulders would be a great place to start.  Is there a good pattern-drafting book that you would suggest?

        3) If anyone wants to look at a neat source for vestments for women, try http://www.womenspirit.com.  I don't like all of their chasubles, but I LOVE the "Olive Tree Chasuble"!


      2. rjf | | #5

        I don't really look at the addresses because UPS and FedEx know where I live.  They're the modern day Santa's in my mind.  They live presents and don't even ask for money.  But there is nothing like seeing and feeling before you buy. 

        I'm wishing you a rainy day so dissertation work won't seem such a poor second to other activities.  We'll save the sunny days for the fun things to do.    rjf

        1. SisterT | | #6

          That was probably my problem yesterday--we are having a truly beautiful weekend!

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