Lichfield Liturgical Fabric: Reformation Stole and Chasuble

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Lichfield Liturgical Fabric: Reformation Stole and Chasuble

Lichfield Liturgical Fabric: Reformation Stole and Chasuble:

A few days back on Ecclesiastical Sewing, we had a post on matching patterns while working with liturgical vestment fabrics. Once the patterns are matched up on the fabric, the next step is to determine pattern placement on the vestment (IE – those big roses and fleur-de-lis on Lichfield – where will they land once the garment is cut?)

Lichfield Liturgical Fabric Pattern Matching Fluer Motif

Pattern Alignment on Liturgical Fabrics

This can be another area of concern, and rightly so.  I have made my fair share of  “pattern placement” mistakes over the years.  Pattern or motif placement when working with Ecclesiastical Brocade fabrics does take some careful thought and planning.  There are lots of little tricks and tips, but we will just look at a very quick one for tonight. The trick has to do with cutting out stoles.  I am making a few stoles using the red Lichfield Liturgical Fabric, and this is a beauty! The red is rich and deep in color.  One could say it is a martyr red.  Red is a color that can stand on its own, but for this set, I will be combining the red Lichfield Brocade with a black fabric, Evesham, which is a black silk damask.

Balancing the Design Motif

In this set of stoles, the plan is to center the stole on the Tudor Rose and Fleur de Lis pattern. While this sounds easy, it really can be a bit of a trick to center a pattern over a particular design motif for the simple reason: one can not see through the pattern to make sure it is centered at the exact correct spot.

Lichfield Pattern Matching for Pastoral Stole

The paper pattern is placed on the fabric, and the usual method is to check the design motif on either side of the paper pattern, lift an edge, peak, pin, and cross one’s fingers and hope and pray you got it right! This can work, or, it can be off by the slightest of amounts and be a disaster.  It is, after all, a matter of trial and error, or success. It is not foolproof.

Cutting and Sewing

To avoid or rather minimize the risk of having the design be off by a bit. Here is one of the simple little tricks I use:

Lichfield Liturgical Fabric Pastoral Stole

Simply fold the paper pattern in half along the length of the stole and center the fold on the center of the design motifs. Then, lift the edge, place a pin or two or three to keep the underside in place. After that, fold the pattern out to full size again, and you should end up with a stole that is perfectly centered on the design motif of your choice.  And that is my simple little tip for cutting out stoles that need to be centered on a specific motif.  Easy, once you know how.

Lichfield Chasuble

Chasuble Design Placement

The design for this chasuble worked out fairly well.  The Tudor Rose is placed just an inch or so up from the hemline edge, and the Fleur de lis lands just below the neckline.  The center of the row of motifs.  Now, while this placement worked out perfectly, what is more, important is the rows of motifs on either side of the center. There is a full Fleur de lis motif on either side of the center at the bottom of the chasuble. The center row will be covered with an orphrey band of Black Silk Evesham, but the motifs on either side of the center will show, and they need to have a nice placement.  And, so, with the successful cutting out of the stole and chasuble, it is off to the sewing machine.  Until next time, I wish you success with your Ecclesiastical Sewing projects.

Soli Deo Gloria

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  1. What patternmaking software are you using? Wild Ginger or Patternmaker? Did it take you a while to learn it? Will you be selling patterns from your web store?

    • HI Marie,
      When it comes to making patterns, I do it the old fashioned way – drafting by hand. Once the patterns are developed, I have someone who works with me to convert them into professional patterns. I am not sure which software she is using at the moment.

      We are working on a long list of patterns, and hope to have the first patterns available shortly. Stoles will be the first patterns available in 2 to 4 styles. The final number will be determined as we move along and by demand. The next pattern will be the chasuble and square yoke surplice. There are several other patterns also in the works. The pattern making process does take a long because of the sample garments and checking fit details. Then we have to work through production at the printer. If there is something specific that people are in need of we are all ears!