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Silk question

Hey all,

I am a silk noob. Seriously. I don't own anything made of silk, and I have never used it in my costumes. T.T I am using a lightweight dupioni for one of my Costume Con creations, and I am trying to be super careful, because I don't want to mess up the fabric. Silk is expensive!

Anyway, I have successfully handwashed the fabric. It is somewhat wrinkly from the drying out process. Does anyone know of a good way to get the wrinkles out? Can I iron it with a low heat setting? Should I wash it again and find somewhere to lay 6 yards of fabric so that it stays flat? Or is steaming an option?

Thanks! XD


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Jan. 10th, 2010 07:12 pm (UTC)
As far as I know, steaming should be an option, but I've never actually steamed silk before. If you've washed it, then I think the worry of water spots/stains is already taken care of.

Is there even a silk setting on irons? I think so - in which case, if the iron says "silk can be ironed on setting #2" or whatever, then it should be possible.

Dana might know more than me, though. She has dyed silk before.
Jan. 12th, 2010 04:33 am (UTC)
Thanks! I used the silk setting on my iron, but there are still a few light wrinkles that I couldn't seem to get out. I'm going to give it another good ironing, and hopefully more of those creases will come out.

Otherwise, all six yards are going into my bathroom the next time I shower. T.T
Jan. 11th, 2010 10:07 pm (UTC)
Visitor here, but it's fine to iron silk dupioni. If you've already washed it steaming won't be a problem either. I do it all the time.

Cya at Costume Con :D
Jan. 12th, 2010 04:31 am (UTC)
Thank you! I ironed it tonight (all 6 yards T.T) and it still has a few little wrinkles... not bad ones, but I was not able to get them out. I think I will iron it again. :D I do hope this piece will be Costume Con-worthy.
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