My silk charmeuses are a good example! I knew when I bought them back in January I wanted drapey-flowy tops of them ... and I have now started on the first one: Butterick 5355 raglan tunic, in this silk charmeuse:
|B5355 silk charmeuse|
Before I even dug the lovely silk out of its hiding spot, I asked for tips, tricks, and advice on cutting and sewing it in the PR chat room. Here is what I was told would help preserve what little sanity I have:
- Make sure cuticles are trimmed and fingernails are filed ... charmeuse snags easily!
- Get a pinking blade for the rotary cutter, and have a good mat to cut on ... Olfa was recommended by name for both.
- Silk pins help ... I bought a new (PINK!) tomato pincushion to keep my silk pins separate from the normal ones. If you are inclined to pin your pattern pieces, do so only in the seam allowances. I pinned the selvages, then weighted the pieces with votive candle holders.
- Use cotton thread - Gutterman was recommended by name. Test on a scrap before sewing to see just how small of stitch looks best - 1.5 to 1.8 was recommended (mm, I *think*).
- French seams to sew silk charmeuse, which automatically finishes the inside.
- Quilting gloves called Machingers were also recommended, but I have no way to get them in a timely manner. I may order them anyway since I do have the two couture silk charmeuses, plus the silk brocades.
- Sharps needles ... I thought I had size 8, but I only have size 10s. The size 10 Sharps still sew better than size 8 universals in my test.
A little more coffee, and I'll go wrestle the silk charmeuse into place to cut the wide billowy sleeves .... then the sewing silk adventure will start!