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Crepe de Chine vs Georgette vs Charmeuse
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Date: 6/6/13 11:03 AM

I scored an awesome pattern last night:


Now, what to make it up in?

I definitely want to make this in silk, but am having trouble deciding if I want to use charmeuse, crepe de chine, or georgette. It seems from what I've read that crepe de chine "wears" the best as well as being the easiest to work with and charmeuse is the most luxurious-feeling. I'm throwing georgette in there because it seems the closest to the translucent look that a lot of bridal lingerie has.

I have a poly charmeuse slip that pills something awful in the wash; not sure if I'll face the same problem with a silk charmeuse.

Thoughts?
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Date: 6/6/13 11:18 AM

Silk charmuese doesn't pill in my experience, however it will likely acquire a "sandwashed silk" appearance after machine washing.

I'm curious, too, whether georgette is harder to work with than CDC?

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Date: 6/6/13 11:20 AM

I'm fine with the sandwashed look.
I'm not sure if georgette is harder to work with than CDC; I was under the (maybe false) impression that georgette was similar to chiffon to work with.
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Date: 6/6/13 11:41 AM

georgette is similar to chiffon but has more body....but it all depends on the weight, lightweight chiffon is easy to snag

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Date: 6/6/13 1:29 PM

My mother made this for me (when the pattern was new and in print) for my honeymoon. She used a silk habatoi in a lovely light blue color. I still have the gown and still wear it occasionally. I know that's not terribly helpful to your query, but I was completely amazed to have the pattern pop up and just had to respond.
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Date: 6/6/13 4:11 PM

Aw! What a wonderful gift! That is so cool!

Can I ask what kind of lace trim she used? I think I'd have to find a very soft one to go with silk charmeuse!

I showed my fiance the photo of this pattern as well as for the recent Vogue one (8888) and asked him which one he liked better. He pointed to the vintage one, so I can't argue with that!
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Date: 6/6/13 4:57 PM

If the garments are going to be washed when finished, then it is perfectly possible to pre-wash and dry the silk and then spray it with starch or dip it in gelatin, which gives the fabric a slightly papery, crisp hand and makes it easy to work with. When the garment is completed, you just wash it to remove the stiffener.

IMHO, georgette would be vastly preferable to charmeuse. The latter is lustrous and gorgeous, but wrinkles like a bugger.

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Date: 6/7/13 10:20 AM

Thank you Elona! This was really helpful!
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Date: 6/7/13 7:21 PM

Oooh - i LOVE this pattern! Can you tell me if the nightgown is on the bias? I may try to draft one... it's so *pretty*
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Date: 6/11/13 8:47 AM

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Oooh - i LOVE this pattern! Can you tell me if the nightgown is on the bias? I may try to draft one... it's so *pretty*


Me too! It's the most interesting and so pretty nightgown I've seen ever.

Anybody want to join me in a pattern draft along??

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