VIDEOS: Lessons in how properly to fold a cassock

When I was in Rome a few days ago, I asked one of the great guys at Gammarelli to give me a refresher lesson in how to fold a cassock well, to minimize wrinkles when packing.

I posted another video about this a couple years back, but I recorded it with the wrong orientation of my mobile phone, vertical.  That video is more detailed, but it’s a little hard to see what’s going on.  It also includes Italian explanations in addition to a lesson in how to fold a cassock with a pellegrina.  I’ll include that one, below.

Meanwhile, here is the newer video!

And here is the older video.

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6 Responses to VIDEOS: Lessons in how properly to fold a cassock

  1. APX says:

    FWIW: This method also works for folding dresses when packing.

  2. Spinmamma says:

    Thank you. Useful, that. And the English is charming (bend). What I like the most was how reverently he handled that beautiful garment.

  3. frjim4321 says:

    Looks rather like how I fold my alb.

    I must say, that fabric looks very nice.

  4. Uxixu says:

    Excellent. I need this. Since I began serving the FSSP upwards of 50 to 100 times a year, I keep my Roomey Toomey in the trunk of my car (never know when you’ll need it), usually folded in three. But especially before Sundays I usually do a “dry press” to smooth it out.

    The biggest problem I personally have is real linen surplices (have one plain and one lace for the higher feasts). Even if I spend an hour with an iron (no starch), it usually looks like I slept in it…

  5. APX says:

    The biggest problem I personally have is real linen surplices (have one plain and one lace for the higher feasts). Even if I spend an hour with an iron (no starch), it usually looks like I slept in it…

    Linen is painfully difficult to keep from wrinkling. Every sacristy should be equipped with a clothes steamer.

  6. cstei says:

    Father Z,
    I must tell you my story of my visit to Gammarelli today. I am still laughing about it. First of all I had a very long walk there because the GPS on my phone took me there by way of Hector’s barn. When I finally got there I was waited on by the guy in the second video. I told him I wanted to have a surplice made with lace. He then told me what lace I wanted and all. The only decision he let me make was what material I wanted. The funny part is he kept calling me Father even though I told him everytime I was a layman. He must have called me Father a good ten times. I wasn’t even dressed in any way that I looked like a Priest. Finally, on my way out the door when he called me Father AGAIN I decided to just play along. I shook his hand and said “God bless you my son”. The younger guy was there has well from the canopy pictures he kept smirking everytime he said it. Then when I asked if I could take a picture of the lace the younger guy looked at me and said “Take all the pictures you want. It is your lace.” Apparently, they are going to make my surplice right away and it is going to arrive back in the states before I do. I will never forget my visit to that store.