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Date: 1/20/12 10:27 PM

Distressed Silk tutorial

I have been wanting to try pre-washing and drying silk dupionni for shirts for several years. Of course by the time I actually found a tutorial, silk prices had gone sky high. So I used a coupon and a sale to buy two colors of dupionni on sale from fabric.com last summer.

I followed Pam's directions exactly for pre-washing my forest green and periwinkle dupionni. Neither faded as much as hers did, but softened considerably and lost enough of the sheen to make me happy. There is just a subtle sheen when the light hits the surface. On the green, which is a cross weave with emerald and black, the slubbed parts with more green show more than before I washed. I like the effect.

Using two TNT patterns, the Liberty Shirt and the Now Shirt from The Sewing Workshop, I cut them on the cross grain as she did, and used french seams. These patterns recommend using templates for all the hemming. The dupionni creased well and was easy to edgestitch. I decided to try Steam A Seam on one blouse for the hems to see if it worked better than not. I couldn't tell that it helped much because the fabric held such a nice crease.

Dharma trading has white dupionni for around $10 per yard. I will probably order some next fall to finish out my dupionni winter blouse wardrobe.

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Elizabeth

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Date: 1/21/12 8:23 AM

Thanks for sharing your experience. I really like working with dupioni. It's easy to handle and the finished products look so good! I bet your Liberty and Now shirts are fantastic.

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Date: 1/21/12 8:18 PM

Are you going to dye the Dharma dupionni?

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Date: 1/21/12 8:23 PM


Every single time this tutorial comes up, it makes me want to faint. I feel like my mother (a furniture restorer) did when her clients would ask her to "distress" their antiques.

Enjoy your silk blouses! (I will be cowering in a corner.)

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~Gem in the prairie

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Date: 1/21/12 8:59 PM

HA! If it makes you feel any better I have a house full of un-distressed antique furniture. As to the dupionni, I want washable silk that's not too shiny that is not outrageously expensive. Sorry!

Jeannie,

I will probably leave the first shirt white. I may venture into dyeing, however I have a septic system and water well. I would have to use a stove top method then find a way to dispose of the leftovers.

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Elizabeth

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Date: 1/21/12 9:10 PM

Ohh, I do too. I hadn't thought about that.

I had just thought allot about buying from them and dying, since all their stuff is white.

I just would love to have some nice silk shirts that fit.

I need a large FBA and bicep. I just need a muslin to fit first. ha

Jeannie

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