Silk is yet another word for elegance, and silk garments are prized for their versatility and comfort. Silk is the strongest natural fiber. A steel filament of the same diameter as silk will break before a filament of silk. Silk absorbs moisture, which makes it cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Because of its high absorbency, it is easily dyed in many deep colors. Silk retains its shape, drapes well, caresses the figure, and shimmers with a glow that is all its own.
The 4 ply silk Crepe de Chine, pronounced [kreyp duh sheen], is mistaken for its cousin 2 ply silk Crepe de Chine until the weight and hand is compared. 4 ply is thicker, drapes differently but it has the same type pebble or crepe surface appearance.
Silk Crepe de Chine comes in several different weights, 2 ply, 3 ply, 4 ply, and 6 ply. 3 ply and 6 ply are usually available to designers. Ply is the number of single yarns twisted together to form a ply yarn. Thus 2 ply is two yarns twisted together, add another two yarns to the yarn twist and 4 ply silk crepe de chine is created add 2 more yarns and 6 ply is created and so on. A crepe twist is simply alternating 2 S- (left handed) twist and 2 Z- (right handed) twist yarns in the weft or filling of the weave which creates the pebble or crepe effect.
Considered by some to be the top of the line silk, the 4 ply works beautifully in the classic Little-Black-Dress as well as the Go-Anywhere-Black-Slack. Because 4 ply is more than twice the weight (40 MM) per linear yard as the 2 ply silk Crepe de Chine (16 MM), this silk can be tailored into a jacket or even a light weight coat. This luxurious silk is also used in evening gowns, men’s shirts, women’s blouses, skirts, wedding gowns, bridesmaid’s gowns, lingerie. 45” wide, the weight is 40 MM or 5.29 ounces per linear yard.
Garment care is dry clean only unless the fabric has been pre-treated by washing prior to garment construction.
Interface with silk organza or silk satin faced organza which is a little crisper.
When cutting Silk Crepe de Chine garments out, use the with nap instructions as there may be a slight color difference when flipping the pattern pieces. Mark only with chalk, making sure the chalk doesn’t contain wax. Use a new sharp needle in size 9 or 11 and a polyester thread. Press seams as they are sewn and use a press cloth. Raw seams can be finished with a serger or French seam. After a finish press is applied, let the garment dry flat before hanging on a padded hanger.