what type of silk should I use?

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Hullo, all!

I am making the wedding dress for my dearest friend, who is getting
married in New Orleans this June. I've done a good bit of sewing, but
never with silk. We're putting together a pattern for a 30's era slip
dress, cut on the bias. I'm wondering what sort of silk is recommended for
this? She loves the matte look of some stonewashed crepe de chine that I
have, but it is terribly thin. I need something that is thick enough that,
once self-lined, will keep her silhouette from showing through. What are
your thoughts? And do you have a good source?

Thanks for your help!
Elsa

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Re: what type of silk should I use?


elsa wrote:
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Charmeuse:
http://www.thaisilks.com/index.php?cPath=1_4

A slip dress cut on the bias will likely require a wide
fabric unless it has "feature" seams.



Re: what type of silk should I use?
On Wed, 02 Feb 2011 14:57:53 +0000,
sanssoucihandmade_at_gmail_dot_ snipped-for-privacy@foo.com (elsa) wrote:

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http://www.dharmatrading.com/fabric/silk/charmeuse.html

I haven't bought any charmeuse, but I'm quite happy with my black
raw-silk shirt.  Been wearing it every time I leave the house ever
since I finished it.  

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Re: what type of silk should I use?
On 02/02/2011 14:57, elsa wrote:
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If you think the chameuse a little light, try a heavy crepe.  It'll
drape beautifully, won't cling too much, and look fab.  Yo will probably
have to peice the fabric, but that can ve done discreteely close to the hem.

Take a look at this article I wrote:
http://www.diceyhome.free-online.co.uk/KatePages/Learning/Bridesmaid_horror_story/a_bias_cut_disaster.htm

It might help you to avoid some of the pitfalls of bias cutting.

Silk is generally easier to work with than the poly equivalents.  Just
go carefully!  Use a rotary cutter rather than scissors if you possibly
can, and make a toile!  And of you don't have a serger, use stretch
techniques on the sewing machine - but avoid the so-called
'overlock'stitches.  A plain zigzag is much better.

All mt suppliers are here in the UK, but will ship internationally.  Get
lots of samples!

This gown was made from a heavy crepe back satin that would probably
work very well for your friend:

http://community.livejournal.com/dressdiaries/473002.html

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Re: what type of silk should I use?
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elsa wrote:


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I'd agree that a heavy crepe would be ideal. I used a heavy satin-back
crepe in
100% silk for a dress I made for a friend, with a medium-weight silk
lining.
http://measuredandmade.co.uk/#/wedding-dress/4546508090
It hung and moved really nicely for her. Good luck!
Michaela


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