Well nuts! The silk taffeta from fabrics.com is not what I wanted. It's more of a dupioni than a taffeta, without the sheen, the body and with too many slubs. So I'm sending it back. Hopefully that will be a painless process.
Moo I say - MOO! Now I'm super jealous of all the garment district shopping. Life is so unfair.
Ooooh thanks! I need to figure out what I want to do now. With the possibility of more choices I'm starting to question what I want... the disappointing fabric (and original plan) was black but now I'm thinking about chocolate brown. I need to ponder...
When do you need your fabric??? If you send me a swatch of the color you want, I might be able to find something for you in said garment district; it's practically my back yard. BUT, you'd have to wait until I'm recovered from baby #2. That means no garment district trips until about November or so. But I'd be happy to be your shopper =)
Ooh... I may have to take you up on your offer! I'd like to get started before Novemeber but I don't have to. I'm going to try and see if I can find it before then but if not I'll let you know! Thanks!
Shantung usually has a hand like taffeta but has minor slubs, not the big ones you see in Dupioni. And according to Sally Queen it IS a period fabric! "Pongee" is what they called shantung in the Victorian era. If I remember rightly from Sally's book it was used for dresses after 1830. So I'm actually going to use it for my Poe Mourning dress and maybe as contrast trim, petticoats or ruffles on Victorian stuff.
Good to know - thanks! Now that I think about it the checked silk Brunswick I saw in the milliner’s shop in Williamsburg must have been a shuntang. With the busy pattern the slubs kinda disappeared but I was a little surprised to see slubs at all there.
I was going to use it for a new Poe Dress too (and an 18th century jacket), so it's probably just as well that I don't want to use it now! Matching fabric - horrors! *giggle* For the Poe I think I'm going to go back to my original idea of cotton. For the jacket... I really want that crispy, shiny, smooth look of true silk taffeta. What a snob I am becoming in my old age! :>
Omigod! You totally freaked me out when I read this as I too ordered their black silk taffeta. When I got home from Vegas I had a mini-stroke and tore open the box only to find...black silk taffeta. Mine has no slubs, has a nice sheen and everything else. Go fig.
I wonder if they weren't paying attention and sent you dupioni by accident. Either way if you aren't happy with it - send it back! Take if from a person who has "lived" with a purchase, you won't be happy if you keep it. But Fabric.com has always been real nice to me about those things, so you should have no probs.