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Date: 8/27/12 9:21 AM

I'm going to make my first full slip (Kwik Sew 2394) from a nice nylon tricot. For my second one I was thinking of using stretch charmeuse from Dharma Trading. It's 12mm, and 95% silk, 5% spandex. I've never worked with it before and am not sure of a couple things:
1. Will it be too heavy for a slip?
2. Will I have issues with static cling?

I've read the other threads I could find on slips, and a few recommended stretch charmeuse, but they didn't really address my questions.

Now that I think of it, the weight doesn't really matter - if it turns out to be too hot to wear in the summer, I can still wear it in the cold Michigan winters. But that is when issues with static cling become a real problem.

Does anyone have any thoughts? Thanks.

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Date: 8/27/12 1:59 PM

I haven't made a slip with stretch silk charmeuse, but I have one top made with it. I haven't had trouble with static. However, it's a summer top and our summers are humid so I can't say how it would behave in dry air. Not very helpful, I know!

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Date: 8/28/12 11:28 AM

12mm should be a nice weight for a slip. I'm wearing a blouse of 14mm and it is light weight, so I think 12mm would make a nice summer slip.

Static cling is a tricky one - when I lived in the Superior area, I had static cling issues with EVERYTHING in the winter. I wondered if that's why slips often have lace at the bottom - for a little extra weight.

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Date: 8/28/12 4:36 PM

I don't really have an issue when I handwash using Eucalan. Eucalan is no-rinse and has lanolin. For extra measure I will sometimes use static guard right before putting it on in the morning - it really depends on how dry the air is that day. I find static cling is often worse with nylon tights than with wool or cotton blend ones. I don't really have problems with static cling in the summer since I'm bare legged most of the time.

12mm is pretty light. You shouldnt have any trouble at all wearing that during the summer. I think your average silk charmeuse is usually 18mm, and 4 ply silk is something like 30mm. I prefer a heavier weight for winter slips.

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Date: 8/30/12 9:25 AM

Thank you so much for your replies. I've heard of Eucalan, but never would have thought of using it to help with static - thanks. I also have heard of Static Guard, but don't have any - yet.

Now I can order the fabric and have a nice full slip! My DD has already put in a request for one too. The pattern looks like it will be quick and easy to make - so I'm looking forward to this.

Now I just hope I don't have any problems sewing the stretch silk charmeuse... it slips on my tongue just saying it.

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Date: 8/30/12 5:32 PM

I don't wear dresses anymore, so I don't use slips. I've had no static problems when using silk charmeuse as a lining for pants. And it feels like pajamas, so I'd say give it a try!

I have noticed that static cling is much worse when wearing shoes with neoprene on the soles, and the Static Guard hasn't helped me for more than 15 minutes. Spritzing fabric with water helped somewhat, but it evaporates fairly quickly.

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