It’s easy to color, feels good against the skin, and feels soft and smooth. Silk chiffon has some stretch and can be used in wedding dresses, formal evening dresses, tops and shawls.
Chiffon is lightweight, delicate and slippery, so it can be a very difficult material to hem. You can hand or machine hem chiffon, but either way you should work slowly and carefully to get the smoothest seam possible.
Use a low temperature iron.
Cotton and synthetic chiffon (NOT silk) can usually be ironed at a very low temperature. Check your clothing label and proceed with caution. Don’t use the steam function on your iron: A steam iron is great for chiffon, but an iron’s steamer will apply too much pressure.
Chiffon is made from fibers other than silk, such as cotton and synthetic materials such as polyester or nylon.
Lay the dress flat on a drying rack in its natural shape or hang to dry. Never put the chiffon dress in the dryer. If the dress creases, you can steam it, which is the safest way to remove the creases.
Woven fabrics like taffeta, flannel, and chiffon shrink by about 2-3 percent, which is almost always imperceptible. However, some knitwear can shrink between 1 and 8 percent, usually the very first time it is washed and dried [source: Textile School].
Use shower steam
Many lightweight fabrics like chiffon or cotton respond well to gravity and steam when combined. In the bathroom, hang your crumpled garment, close the door and let the steam rise while you take a hot shower for about 10 minutes.
Slightly sheer polyester chiffon is a plain-weave fabric that’s breathable, soft and flowy. Polyester chiffon is made from 100% polyester fibers in a variety of vibrant, non-fading colors. Polyester chiffon fabrics are offered at wholesale prices and are sold both by the meter and in bulk on the roll.
Chiffon fabric fetches different prices depending on the material from which it is made. Silk chiffon fabric, for example, remains the most expensive type of this textile and can be more than double the price of polyester or viscose chiffon fabric.
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Chiffon is one of the most beautiful fabrics to use in your clothing projects, but it can also be one of the more difficult fabrics to work with. His delicate nature may intimidate seamstresses, but fear not! With a little patience, the right tools and a few simple tricks, sewing chiffon is easier than you think!