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Topic: Silk: needs advice for pattern/technique for a shirt  (Read 657 times)
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« on: August 26, 2006 02:22:02 PM »

On a recent trip to China (yes China!), I picked up some gorgeous silk, bright blue with a WILD multicoloured pattern. I would like to make some kind of halter/tank top from it, and have a couple questions:

1. How difficult is it to sew 'slippery' silk? Do I need a special needle, and all will be solved, or is it best to take it to a seamstress? (My sewing skills are average).

2. Does anyone know of a good pattern (fun, not too conservative) that would work? The pattern is amazing, but really large (1 per m) so I'd like to minimize the number of seams if possible!

Thanks in advance!
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« Reply #1 on: August 26, 2006 03:51:13 PM »

when pinning use fine silk pins and pin parallel to the cut edge (rather than perpendicular or point in) and use a small needle (I use an 11 for fine silk and hankerchief linen)

If it's washable silk you can de slippery it with starch (as in liquid or spray.) and then wash it out once you are done sewing.


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