sarsenet


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sarsenet

(ˈsɑːsnɪt)
n
(Textiles) a variant spelling of sarcenet

sarce•net

or sarse•net

(ˈsɑrs nɪt)

n.
a fine, soft fabric, often of silk, made in plain or twill weave and used esp. for linings.
[1425–75; late Middle English < Anglo-French sarzinet, probably =sarzin- Saracen + -et -et]
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Noun1.sarsenet - a fine soft silk fabric often used for linings
silk - a fabric made from the fine threads produced by certain insect larvae
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"I remember too, Miss Andrews drank tea with us that evening, and wore her puce-coloured sarsenet; and she looked so heavenly that I thought your brother must certainly fall in love with her; I could not sleep a wink all right for thinking of it.
The melancholic mood of the following poems in relation to lost babies sometimes achieves surrealistic impact: "The starry ceiling/ Vaulted an unimaginable family/ Bird-like abortions [...]/ One bore a baby/ In a padded porte-enfant/ tied with a sarsenet ribbon/ To her goose's wings" (poem IV) (Loy 1999: 55).
They also altered or embellished existing gowns: "But I will not be much longer libelled by the possession of my coarse spot, I shall turn it into a petticoat very soon" (25 December 1798); "I can easily suppose that your [Cassandra's] six weeks here will be fully occupied, were it only in lengthening the waist of your gowns" (17 January 1809); "I have determined to trim my lilac sarsenet with black sattin ribbon just as my China Crape is"; and "I have been ruining myself in black sattin ribbon with a proper perl edge; & now I am trying to draw it up into kind of Roses, instead of putting it in plain double plaits" (6, 7 March 1814).