Hello my dear readers! I was really hoping that this post was going to be showing off my latest sewing project, unfortunately work has gotten much busier and I find myself with less and less time to sew each week. Do not be too sad though, I am sure that I can get my project finished up in this coming week - so I will be able to share it with you quite soon.
In the meantime, I thought you might enjoy a post on pre-washing silk fabrics. Since many of the patterns from my German Pattern Experiment involve lingerie, pajamas and robes - it only seams appropriate that silk is a first choice when it comes to sewing up these patterns.
|Here is my current silk collection.|
I realize that not everyone has easy access to silk, but if you do I encourage you to take advantage of it. Should you find yourself with a bit of silk on hand, here is my process for pre washing it. This can also work for the final garment if it is all silk.
|On the right is a charmeuse and the light green is silk habutai.|
Start by soaking your fabric in lukewarm water with a bit of mild soap. I actually use shampoo (my sister would freak if she saw me using her salon shampoo to care for my fabric, but I am pretty low maintenance when it comes to my hair, so I would rather splurge for my sewing).
|Here's some of my silk fabric with the shampoo I used to wash it.|
Next I rinse the fabric to remove any soap residue. Since I want to make sure that all of the soap has been removed, I follow up with a second rise in vinegar water. (Use 1/4 cup of white vinegar per gallon). Since no one likes the smell of vinegar, my fabric goes through one more rinse of clean water.
|Here is my purple silk I used for lining my pencil skirt.|
|It just looks so pretty!|
|Lay the fabric over some towels to help soak up excess water.|
|I like to roll up my fabric like a giant burrito :)|
Have you worked with silk before, what have you made? What are some of your favorite fabrics to work with? If you had access to all-things fabric, what would be your ideal choice?
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