Hi all! Be warned that this is a short venting post. If you think I’m wrong in my assumptions and presumptions, please tell me so. Because I have not stopped learning, and will never stop.
SiBonne or Si-Bonne
The other day at my fashion sewing group meeting, another attendee asked whether “si bonne” or sibonne fabric was still available; sibonne was an underlining fabric back in the day. Roz of Sew Much Fabric was asked about the definition, who defined it as a light fabric similar to china silk. That satisfied our curiosity but I wanted to know more. I searched in my fabric dictionary books with no results. I googled the term, and was immediately corrected that it’s spelled with an s and not a c. Anyhow, the only information found was this Etsy seller’s page who is defining si-bonne as a “vintage rayon organdy” lining fabric from the 1960s; the package is being sold there for $20. Anyone who can define and has used si-bonne, please let us know in the comments.
Re-named Sewing Term:
Whatever happened to the word “alteration” in garment sewing-speak? Well, it is now being called ‘tailoring”, as in “tailoring a ready-made jacket so it fits better”. Who is going around changing the terms?
Mispronounced Sewing Terms:
It is not a “pressure” foot, y’all. The correct pronunciation is PRESSER foot. Ask any sewing machine dealer.
It kills me when actual experts mispronounce Haute Couture as “hot” couture. It actually rhymes with “oat”. Don’t believe it? Listen to the pronunciation on a YouTube video by Oxford Dictionaries.
Cutting Fur As If it’s Cotton
“Misdeed” may be a strong term for this. Nevertheless, I’ve cut and made a fur jacket and did not have a mess on my hands at all. Why? I marked the back of the pattern piece (cut single and not folded). Cut from the wrong side, using small sharp scissors and a short snipping action to cut the backing and not the fur. Separate the cut pieces by pulling apart gently – there will be very little fur to clean up. If you use the usual hacking technique, fur will fly…
Sigh. Yes, change happens, but certain words and actions should not be changed needlessly. Can you think of anything related to sewing which is now identified or done differently, or even has a different connotation?
Hey, I’m going west for a week. Will see you on the other side of the week (as certain media pundit hosts like to say).