From a reader. Perhaps some of you can help her:
Hello Father Z,
Before I call the parish office and volunteer, I wondered if you or your readers could recommend a reliable source on doing the fancy sewing for Mass vestments. Google didn’t help a whole lot because I don’t know what’s reliable and what’s not. If there were generic instructions on your site, I missed them.
FWIW, my grandma and mother taught me to tat (make lace) before I was school age. I can embroider; and am interested in Ren Faire stuff — can make period gowns and (blush) corsets with elaborate trim and boning. Also know how to do tablet weaving – a kind of trim from earlier periods, mostly Northern European.
I’d like to thank our priests who have been spending their own days off learning the Latin and rubrics of the EF by donating some nice, new, beautiful vestments. Plus I enjoy sewing – it’s relaxing and fun.
But I don’t know where to start. I have some nice brocades, silks, and laces stockpiled away, but don’t want to waste them (and my time in making the wrong things in the wrong way. I know absolutely NOTHING about vestment making and it isn’t covered in my costumery/fabric art books. Are there rules/rubrics about what fabrics, trim, etc. should be used? We’ll eventually have both the Dominican and Tridentine Rites in our parish.
Do I sense the rise of a small business?