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Need to know best way to gather silk chiffon for a skirt that will be sewn to a waistband. Would I still gather it with 2 lines of stitching like you normally would on other fabrics? I also wonder what the best way is to prevent the bottom from fraying before sewing in the rolled hem. Is it safe to use Fray Check on silk chiffon?
I appreciate in advance any help! Thanks


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    Sep 24, 2013, 07.53 AMby katexxxxxx

    I usually cut the hem longer than it’ll be needed for the final garment and gently overlock the edge to stop fraying while working on the garment. This extra gives a little weight to help the skirt ‘hang out’ before hemming. I don’t use fraycheck for this as it goes a bit stiff and is horribly expensive. Better to save it for spot fray checking…

    Also, the potential for it to stick layers of the chiffon togeher as it dries is massive!

    Yes, use two rows of gathering. If you think it’ll be too bulky, sew the gathers by hand using a fine soft silk thread.

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    Sep 24, 2013, 02.19 PMby vallison

    Thanks for your help. I do have another question. This skirt will be an overskirt for a gown. She wants it removable. Since the chiffon is so soft what can I use to interface the waistband that will add some structure ? Would organza be enough or would a lightweight sew in interfacing be better? As you can tell I have no experience with silk chiffon. It is a lot different than sewing polyester chiffon! Thanks so much!

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      Sep 24, 2013, 06.41 PMby katexxxxxx

      I don’t find it very different from poly chiffon… Some of that can be VERY fine and wafty! I’d choose a flesh or natural coloured silk organza as interfacing for the waistband on a light colour, or smokey grey for a dark colour. Silk organza is remarkably strong and less prone to stretching or twisting than most ‘interfacing’.

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    Sep 25, 2013, 05.04 AMby vallison

    I used a poly chiffon when I made the sample dress but didn’t have the issues I’ve had so far with the silk with stretching. Fingers crossed this goes well! Thanks for all the advise. I appreciate it!

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