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Crepe de Chine, pronounced [kreyp duh sheen] means literally, Crepe from China Crepe has been popular for all fashions since its development in sixteenth century Bologna. Some notable crepes are 2 ply Crepe de Chine, 4 ply Crepe de Chine, Crinkle Crepe de Chine, Double Georgette, and Crepe Backed Satin. 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.
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
The 2 ply silk crepe is more than just another pretty silk fabric, it is also the crepe that most think of when they hear “silk crepe”. Surprisingly lightweight but well-behaved, this is a plain weave silk with a silk warp and crepe twist weft (or filling) yarn creating the soft rippled effect. Our two ply silk Crepe de Chine has a soft hand and nice luster. Easy to work with, it is used in a variety of garments including blouses, dresses, lingerie, evening gowns, men’s shirts, children’s garments. The weight is 16 momme or 2.116 ounces per linear yard.
Garment care is dry clean only unless the fabric has been pre-treated by washing prior to garment construction.
When cutting out Silk Crepe de Chine pattern pieces, 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.
Our 2 ply silk Crepe de Chine comes in 60 different colors is 45" wide and weighs 16 momme or 2.11 ounces per linear yard.