All about silk

The silk This is the ideal fabric for summer! Fluid, aerial, chic, luxurious we love it.

Yes but it is not so easy to sew and as its price is a little expensive as much know how to do it before starting a project.

What is silk:

The silk is of animal origin. Silk is mainly from the cocoon produced by a caterpillar or silk verse (Bombix Mori) for culture silk, and Ver Tussah for wild silk. The silk verse produces a wire to make its cocoon from which will be born its transformation into a butterfly. The discovery of the silk goes back 2000 to 3000 BCE in China. This discovery was kept secret until 560 and opened the legendary Silk Road. The culture point is finished ladies ;-)

Silk has an elasticity of 15 %, which gives the tissues a certain infroissibility.

At Saint Peter's coupons, silk is in several united or patterned versions.

Silk types:

Depending on the countries of origin and its usefulness (clothing or making), the silk will prove to be in several forms of tissue.

The brocade, it is a fabric decorated with silver or gold silk threads.

Crêpe is a chipped and light fabric.

Chinese pancake is an unsightly wavy but unperecless granular tissue.

Satin pancake is very brilliant on the front and mat on the back. He is sweet.

The Georgette pancake is a light, rough and transparent silk.

Mousseline is a light clip but soundless to the touch.

The organi is a light and fine canvas, with stiffness and sometimes transparent.

The organza is a very fine, rigid and transparent but rough veil.

The Ottoman (Turkey) is a thick fabric with large ribs trove on cotton.

The breakdown is a silk fabric with hailed hairs on a cotton frame.

The Ponge is a light, smooth and slightly shiny silk fabric.

Washed silk is a fabric that has undergone chemical treatment to remove its shine.

Satin is a plain, shiny and solid fabric.

SHANTUNG is a steep silk canvas.

The needle:

To sew the silk you need a very fine needle 60 See 70 depending on the type of silk. The choice of the needle is very important when you start a project because you risk damaging your fabric if it is not suitable.


The best would be to use silk wire but a fine polyester wire is very suitable.

Point setting:

The point setting is just as important. To prevent the tissue from gondolaing a point not too tight. In any case do a test before starting this will avoid many complications afterwards.

Maintain silk:

We recommend that you wash silk by hand to keep your fabric in good condition. Possibly if your hand program use it.

Sew the silk:

Silk is a fabric that tends to slip. To compensate for this difficulty and to protect your fabric place a tissue paper below the fabric and above. Your fabric will be sandwiched.

You can also use this technique for ease of cutting and thus have better stability.

Finishes :

The best finishes for this fabric are small hems, rolled seams or the bumblebee point.

What types of clothing sews:

Silk is particularly suitable for skirts, dresses. You can make drapes for evening dresses for example.

If you use wildlife less fluid than muslin, you can also make tops or tailors.

The organza will offer you a more swollen rendering.

So to your needles!

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