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Skirt FACTSination – Cotton History – Fabric Series

Cotton History and General Information I guess that I’ve put this Fabric: Cotton, post off because cotton is so common. However, cotton is very easy to sew with, so I had better just do it. First a little cotton history and information!  Cotton is a staple fiber that grows in a boll, and is spunContinue reading “Skirt FACTSination – Cotton History – Fabric Series”

Skirt FACTSination: Wool History: Fabric Series

To continue our ‘Fabric’ series, today’s Skirt Factsination post is titled Fabric: Wool. Wool history is hard to track down since wool has been around as long as animals have!  Wool is a fiber that we most commonly associate with coming from sheep, but can come from many different animals. For example; cashmere and mohairContinue reading “Skirt FACTSination: Wool History: Fabric Series”

Tulle History – Fabric Series – Skirt FACTsination

For this week’s Skirt Factsination post, we continue our series with Fabric: Tulle! Tulle is a lightweight, extremely fine netting that is made of various fibers. Tulle is most well known for being used in ballerina’s tutus. It is also used for petticoats, wedding dresses, and other things. It is used in veils because itContinue reading “Tulle History – Fabric Series – Skirt FACTsination”

Skirt FACTSination – Fabric Series – Linen History

This week’s Skirt Factsination is about linen and linen history and linen skirts as part of our fabric series. Linen is famous for being wrapped around mummies. Not the most, uh, appealing fabric, considering its history of mummies, but I may be prejudiced because of this one linen skirt I had once that was theContinue reading “Skirt FACTSination – Fabric Series – Linen History”

Skirt FACTSination – Fabric Series – Lace History – Skirt Costumes Theme Week!

Today is Skirt Factsination day, and to tie it in with Costume Week, we are doing another one of our fabric series; Lace History!  Lace is a fabric that is patterned with open holes, and is made by machine or hand. Lace-making can go back very far, but true lace, lace that is created whenContinue reading “Skirt FACTSination – Fabric Series – Lace History – Skirt Costumes Theme Week!”

Skirt FACTSination – Fabric Series – Velvet History

Well, here’s the velvet part of our fabric series. We’ll start with some velvet history.  Velvet, like silk and satin, has always been associated with nobility. Velvet was first introduced in Arabia during the rule of Haroun al-Raschid, ruler of Baghdad, and spread from there. The earliest source of European velvets were Lucca, Genoa, FlorenceContinue reading “Skirt FACTSination – Fabric Series – Velvet History”

Skirt FACTSination – Fabric Series – Satin History

Following up the Skirt Factsination post about silk, I thought I might as well do one on satin history! Satin, or the term satin, originated in the Middle Ages, and was used to describe a luxurious, heavy type of silk known as samite. The word satin comes from the name of a Chinese town: Zaitun.Continue reading “Skirt FACTSination – Fabric Series – Satin History”

Skirt FACTsination – Fabric Series – Silk History

For this week’s Skirt Factsination post, I decided to research the history of silk. Silk is a gorgeous fabric, with the history founded in Ancient China. Silk history is about as sumptuous as the fabric itself!  The legend goes that the Empress Leizu, who was only fourteen and the wife of the Yellow Emperor, wasContinue reading “Skirt FACTsination – Fabric Series – Silk History”

Skirt FACTsination – Fabric Series – Denim History

We love working with denim minis so much and thought it’d be fun to research denim history.  Here’s what we found out! During the gold rush, men couldn’t find pants strong enough to last for a good while. Their work was hard so they didn’t have much time to find a good pair of pants.Continue reading “Skirt FACTsination – Fabric Series – Denim History”