Feb 4, 2013
Readers, do you ever wonder what the neighbors are thinking when they look into your windows or do you generally draw the shades?
Oh, the joys of silk chiffon. But wait: first, our Vogue Patterns Magazine Giveaway winner is....
Mrs. Garment Farmer!!!
MGF, please shoot me an email (peterlappinnyc at gmail dot com) with your mailing address and I'll get your magazine out to you ASAP. Congratulations!
And now back to silk chiffon.
Please recall that on Saturday at the flea market I stumbled upon two yards of black silk chiffon and four yards of pink silk chiffon in a pile of old fabric and clothes. OMG, I love this stuff! I cannot believe I wrote this post five months ago about sewing with chiffon without ever having experienced silk chiffon. I mean, the difference between poly chiffon -- which is admittedly fun and pretty cheap -- and silk is like night and -- you get my point.
The poly is thicker and has much less drape. The silk is clingier, stretchier, and as floaty as soap bubbles.
Yesterday I hand washed my fabric: wet, it had that slightly fishy silk smell, but it dried very fast.
Then I ironed it at the low silk setting.
It came out gorgeous.
For me, silk chiffon brings to mind classic Hollywood glamour:
Elizabeth Taylor in Helen Rose (from "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof").
Grace Kelly, also in Helen Rose (from "To Catch a Thief").
Marlene Dietrich in Jean Louis (from her stage show).
Rita Hayworth, also in Jean Louis (from "Down to Earth").
I found these vintage beauties on Etsy.
I'm not sure what I'll be doing with this silk chiffon other than dancing around the living room, but I know what I won't be making:
1) a muscle tee shirt
2) Valentine's Day Boxers
3) Pajama pants (with a light coating of Crisco)
Color me conservative, but I'm not a fan of silk chiffon menswear. It's a little...what's the word? Tacky.
Readers, I must prepare for my big number. Have you ever sewn with silk chiffon? What did you make?
Have a great day, everybody!