Sewing a Chalice Veil: Construction Details

20170104_230212The most recent development in the Ecclesiastical Sewing work room has been the development of a Chalice Veil. The pattern & instructions for this will be available soon on our website!

I received the honors of testing this pattern out. For the face fabric, I am using our red silk dupioni. Then there is a satin lining on the back. The orphrey band is Evesham brocade and the trim is Saint Benet.

The silk and lining were measured and cut. Then Carrie gave me a pre-cut orphrey band of Evesham Liturgical Brocade, which I serged on both long sides. The threads then need to be pulled taut and ironed to make sure there are no buckles. Then start adding trim:

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1Roberts, Carrie. Evesham Orphrey Band Chalice Veil. January 13, 2017. Personal Collection, Ecclesiastical Sewing, Baxter, Minnesota.


The St. Benet trim is a little tricky, like all trims. It wants to warp or not sit straight, even after pinning very carefully. Carrie taught me that if you baste the trim on first (sewing machine or by hand) it takes just an extra second but you save yourself a lot of hassle by ripping out stitches and restitching.

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2Roberts, Carrie. Evesham Basting Orphrey Band. January 13, 2017. Personal Collection, Ecclesiastical Sewing, Baxter, Minnesota.


Then after the trim is basted, sew it in place!

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3Roberts, Carrie. Evesham Sewing Trim on Orphrey Band. January 13, 2017. Personal Collection, Ecclesiastical Sewing, Baxter, Minnesota.


Always take breaks for your best friend; although we have a firm no dogs near Ecclesiastical Sewing workroom and always wash hands and lint roll shirts & pants before reentering, since the fabrics are such high quality and so costly.

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4Roberts, Carrie. Blitz Chalice Veil. January 13, 2017. Personal Collection, Ecclesiastical Sewing, Baxter, Minnesota.


While I was on a roll with sewing trim on orphreys, I made several sets of orphrey bands for stoles.

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5Roberts, Carrie. White Stole Orphrey Bands. January 13, 2017. Personal Collection, Ecclesiastical Sewing, Baxter, Minnesota.


And this orphrey band will be used on another chalice veil, not one that I was working on this week.

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6Roberts, Carrie. White Chalice Veil Orphrey Band. January 13, 2017. Personal Collection, Ecclesiastical Sewing, Baxter, Minnesota.


Now back to my Red Chalice Veil in the Saint Gregory Collection of Vestments.

After the orphrey band is done, it is stitched to the center of the silk. I measured the silk at the top and bottom then lined it with the center of my orphrey band pattern. Then I stitched down either side on the trim. Apply a cross with iron:

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7Roberts, Carrie. Band on Silk. January 13, 2017. Personal Collection, Ecclesiastical Sewing, Baxter, Minnesota.


 

As part of our standard of quality, we hand stitch the cross for extra measure of security.

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8Roberts, Carrie. Stitching the Cross. January 13, 2017. Personal Collection, Ecclesiastical Sewing, Baxter, Minnesota.


Then sewing face fabric to lining, leaving a small hole to turn outside in and then hand stitch the small hole shut. One other thing I want to mention: before starting, perhaps you may want to surge the lining and the face fabric. You don’t want them to un-ravel as you work then make your overall size uneven. I didn’t have to with this one, but it is something to watch for when working.saint_gregory_red_chalice_veil_c4c2fae7-5bc1-4a34-aac1-6f8bfbbd27b9_large

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9Roberts, Carrie. Chalice Veil St. Gregory Collection. January 13, 2017. Personal Collection, Ecclesiastical Sewing, Baxter, Minnesota.


Ta-Da!!!

Now it is your turn, we will let you know when the pattern is available! Watch for it, coming soon! And if you would rather purchase a pre-made chalice veil, we will have more in other collections available soon as well! Shop for Chalice Veil Fabrics at Ecclesiaticalsewing.com

Thank you for following.

~Nihil Sine Deo~

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2 Comments »

  1. I hope your effort to make these ecclesiastical materials available to those who want to work with them succeeds!
    FYI, it’s “serge”, not “surge” and “taut”, not “taunt”. The spellings you used are real words, so your spell-checker may not catch them. The meanings are quite different, though.

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    • Hi,
      Yes, spell checkers can change sewing terms to common terms when one least expects it. Thanks for letting us know. The terms have been corrected with sewing related spellings.

      Thank you also for your kind works. Yes, we love helping make all of these items available for vestments.

      Best regards,
      Carrie

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