Sewing Patterns, Pattern Review, Sewing Classes, Sewing Machines and Sewing Machine Reviews!
Platinum Sponsor: Stylish Fabric
Over 20,000 of high quality reorderable fabric

[SIGNUP - FREE Membership & 1 FREE Sewing Lesson ]
[Sewing Classes|Shopping Bag Your Shopping Bag|Login|Help]
Sewing Review and Pattern Reviews Sewing Knowledge Base Sewing Patterns Sewing Classes & Sewing Lessons Sewing Machine & Embroidery Machinery Sewing Message Boards Sewing merchants Blog Help/FAQ About Pattern Review
Enter your e-mail address:




Advanced Search
Tags
New to PR?
Sewing Machines
Compare Sewing Machines
Sewing Machine & Serger Reviews
Embroidery Machines
Sewing Reviews
Sewing Patterns
Review Gallery
Sewing Books
Sewing Supplies
Sewing Websites
Sewing Stores
Sewing Class Reviews
Sewing Expo Reviews
Sewing Tips & Techniques
Sewing Podcasts
NEW!Fabric Glossary
Sewing Review Requests Add a Review Request
Your Account
Edit Profile
My Page
Favorites
Wish List
Pattern Catalog
Notifications
Friends of PR
Join Friends of PR
Find a member
Deal Corner
Photo Album
Calendar
Chat Room
Chat Schedule
Chat Transcripts
Sewing Classifieds
Add a Classified
Sewing Contests
enter contest
contest report
contest gallery
Favorite Links
reviews with comments
merchant gallery
article archive
newsletter archive
Craft Resources
contact info
shipping rates
returns & refunds
testimonials

Platinum Sponsor - Stylish Fabric
Stylish Fabric
You are not logged in. Login here.



Message Board > Fabrics and more... > Making your own "sandwashed" silk ( Moderated by CynthiaSue)

Please LOGIN or Join PatternReview
Go to Page:
Making your own "sandwashed" silk
Any tips?
peaudane
peaudane
Intermediate
FRANCE
Member since 12/30/07
Posts: 520
Login to reply to this post

Date: 9/9/12 8:45 AM

I love sandwashed silk, but it's very difficult to find for purchase. I read that you can give silk the appearance of sandwashed silk by washing it on hot with a few towels. Has anyone tried this? Was the result satisfying? What type of silk would work best for this? crepe? charmeuse...?

Debbie Lancaster
star
Debbie Lancaster  Friend of PR
Intermediate
CA USA
Member since 9/18/02
Posts: 1906
online now
Login to reply to this post

Date: 9/9/12 2:47 PM

Here's a tip from Pam Erny: Distressed silk

A search for "distressed silk" or "how to distress silk" will give you a good idea.

------
Debbie

elizajo
star
elizajo  Friend of PR
Intermediate
LA USA
Member since 4/15/05
Posts: 1238
Login to reply to this post

Subject: Making your own sandwashed silk Date: 9/9/12 3:11 PM

I used Pam Erny's distressed silk method on two pieces of silk dupionni, a forest green and a periwinkle. It softens a great deal and may roughen up the slubbed portions. I didn't have much color fading, but her instructions show some pieces that did. I think it would be interesting to use the method on a charmeuse or crepe. I've heard of people using tennis balls in the dryer for distressing other types of fabric.
-- Edited on 9/9/12 3:14 PM --

------
Elizabeth

Elona
star
Elona  Friend of PR
Advanced
Member since 8/24/02
Posts: 8122
Login to reply to this post

In reply to peaudane <<


Date: 9/9/12 3:36 PM

I wash all my silks, to eliminate water spotting as well as because I hate dry cleaning, so all of them have been subjected to the technique you describe, except that I keep the water temp to 'warm.' In addition, I toss them briefly into the dryer with towels.

In terms of the commercial idea of 'sandwashed silk,' I got the best results with a fairly heavy crepe de chine. It really came out well--slightly delustered, as you'd expect, and a bit more compacted. But all my silks look better and softer after washing, though many of them lose less sheen than one would think.

One suggestion I read was to wash them not with towels but with jeans, for more abrasion! Seems like an interesting idea to try.

Debbie Lancaster
star
Debbie Lancaster  Friend of PR
Intermediate
CA USA
Member since 9/18/02
Posts: 1906
online now
Login to reply to this post

thumbsup 2 members like this.
Date: 9/9/12 3:41 PM

Dharma Trading has sandwashed silk charmeuse and crepe de chine in white/natural to dye.

And, like others, I wash all silks on warm and dry hot. That way there are no--or at least fewer--surprises after making up the garment. After the pretreatment, I wash on delicate and line dry or handwash and dry flat.
-- Edited on 9/9/12 3:43 PM --

------
Debbie

peaudane
peaudane
Intermediate
FRANCE
Member since 12/30/07
Posts: 520
Login to reply to this post

thumbsup 1 member likes this.
Subject: Making your own sandwashed silk Date: 9/9/12 4:29 PM

Thanks for all the info! I'm excited to try this.

Nancy Rhodes
star
Nancy Rhodes  Friend of PR
Intermediate
OH USA
Member since 4/8/02
Posts: 415
Login to reply to this post

thumbsup 1 member likes this.
Subject: Making your own sandwashed silk Date: 9/10/12 5:19 PM

In general, I send all my fabric yardage to Bootcamp. General idea is treat yardage worse than my careful laundering post construction garment. Then few none or very few changes. Also might survive an accidental mistreatment.

------
... cleverly disguised as a responsible adult!

marymary86
marymary86
Intermediate
GA USA
Member since 7/20/08
Posts: 2586
Login to reply to this post

thumbsup 1 member likes this.
Date: 9/10/12 6:27 PM

I made a shell out of silk that I had first hand washed. It maintained its sheen and "thinness" (I'm sure there's a better word but it escapes me). I enjoyed wearing it for several years without ever dry cleaning it.

Then ... DH threw it in the washing machine and dryer with a load of jeans. The silk got thicker, the shell a bit smaller, and it had that cushy texture of sandwashed silk. It was one of the few laundry mistakes we've made that resulted in something nicer.

------
Mary


peaudane
peaudane
Intermediate
FRANCE
Member since 12/30/07
Posts: 520
Login to reply to this post

In reply to marymary86 <<


Date: 9/11/12 2:47 AM

That's great!

Go to Page:
Please LOGIN or Join PatternReview
printable version Printable Version

* Advertising and soliciting is strictly prohibited on PatternReview.com. If you find a post which is not in agreement with our Terms and Conditions, please click on the Report Post button to report it. Fabrics and more... >> Making your own "sandwashed" silk

Merchants on PR
Lanetzliving Vintage Sewing Patterns
Vintage Sewing Patterns
Deals!
Style Arc sewing dress patterns
Patterns That Fit
Web site
SewBaby
Unique Sewing Patterns
Deals!
Budo Bear Designs
Asian Designs
Web site
Patterns from the Past
vintage sewing patterns
Deals!

Copyright © 2014 PatternReview.com® , OSATech, Inc. All rights reserved.
Conditions of Use | Posting Guidelines | Privacy Policy | Contact Us
Online Sewing Classes
Put it on the Bias
Fee: $49.00
(Regular $49.00)
Put it on the Bias

Online Sewing Classes
Fit the Tee to a T
Fee: $29.00
(Regular $49.00)
Fit the Tee to a T

Simplicity 2311
photo
Review by michou68 on 10/18/10
Read Review

Burda 7065 Pattern
Burda 7065 Pattern

Details
Price: $8.95
Add to Bag Add to Bag

Vogue 8849 Pattern ( Size 14-16-18-20-22 )
Vogue 8849 Pattern ( Size 14-16-18-20-22 )

Details
Price: $27.50
Add to Bag Add to Bag

Kwik Sew 3076
photo
Review by CarolynD on 1/22/06
Read Review

Peek-A Boo Coney Island Tankini Digital Pattern ( Size 3 mo -8 years )
Peek-A Boo Coney Island Tankini Digital Pattern ( Size 3 mo -8 years )

Details
Price: $7.95
Add to Bag Add to Bag

Oliver + S Lullaby Layette Set Digital Pattern
Oliver + S Lullaby Layette Set Digital Pattern

Details
Price: $16.95
Add to Bag Add to Bag

SewBaby Prairie Bonnet Pattern
SewBaby Prairie Bonnet Pattern

Details
Price: $8.95
Add to Bag Add to Bag

Sewing Workshop Riviera Shirt Pattern
Sewing Workshop Riviera Shirt Pattern

Details
Price: $22.95
Add to Bag Add to Bag

Subscribe to PR Message Board Feed Subscribe to the PR Message Board Feed Add to My Yahoo! Subscribe at NewsGator Online Subscribe at Bloglines Add to MyMSN