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Unread 06-09-2015, 08:21 AM   #1
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Help would be so welcome!!!! (crepe and chiffon)


I have decided to try sewing with harder fabrics. In terms of advancing my skills and learning more

So I decided to make a dress that calls for crepe, crepe backed satin, and chiffon fabrics. I've never sewn with any of these and any kind of tips would be welcome!

I would like advice in not only sewing with these fabrics but also with how to cut them and everything. I heard of using tissue paper with chiffon and I have the very thin pins and needles for it.

But I haven't been able to find anything about the crepe at all, aside from how to wash it when I bought it.

Could you all give me some pointers please?
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Unread 06-09-2015, 09:55 AM   #2
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I've never sewed with any of those fabric before, but I have cut them. Here's the advice I can offer for crepe and chiffon: Spread them gently and evenly, making sure nothing is being pulled. The pattern piece should just lie on top of it. If you can, use a rotary cutter instead of scissors, and pattern weights instead of pins. The name of the game is getting the fabric relaxed.

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Unread 06-10-2015, 03:40 AM   #3
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You may also want to use a thread that is a bit lighter. I think it's called lingerie thread?
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in addition to chiffon being light and shifty when being cut, it frays terribly. I've heard tell of people using spray starch prior to cutting as a temporary glue to hold everything together until sewn.

crepe backed satin is the easiest of those three listed, it frays less and isn't quite as shifty as chiffon.

the crepe will fall in the middle working wise, it won't fray as much as the chiffon, but it's more shifty.
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