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Has anyone sewn with crinkled fabrics?


Can you give me any tips or how-to's?  How do you achieve a nice crisp hem if an iron can't be used?

Does wetting the fabric bring back the crinkles?



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Comment by Cheryl on September 5, 2011 at 11:34pm
I have made table toppers with crinkle fabric for my daughter's beach themed wedding reception.  The larger tables I just sewed a square with a tight rolled hem with my surger and placed large shells with flowers and candles. And for small round high tables I just cut circles and left the raw edges and they looked like water.  Surprisingly the small circles didn't fray, but they were not handled much either.
Comment by Londa Rohlfing on September 5, 2011 at 5:54pm
What is the fiber content?  Construction?  If a knit - just leave it cut! If a woven - I agree with the first response to roll hem it - but some more info would be helpful to tell you what I would really advise.
Comment by Mary-Anne Watson on September 5, 2011 at 5:40pm

yes, wetting the fabric brings it back. but the hem is tricky i have always just hemmed the way i always have and it seems to look pretty good..

I hope this helps you out?

Comment by Roxanne on September 4, 2011 at 11:02am
Erika, Thanks for commenting about sewing with crinkled fabric-I still haven't tackled that piece of fabric.  To reply about my Vogue dress, I used crepe backed satin.  I went on to complete the dress, and the drape of the front panel turned out much better after I shortened it.  I had much bigger issues with the fit of the back and sleeves.  I did post some photos, maybe you can see what I mean.  I looked in my back issues of Sew News to find solutions to fitting problems and think I have the sleeves covered.  To make the back neck fit better, I think I can work that into the zipper seam allowance and possibly the back sleeve.  The hip area, I just don't know.
Comment by Jenifer Morris on June 4, 2011 at 8:47am
I haven't sewed crinkle fabric - though I have some in my stash! I do however have a few shop bought dresses for my daughter and the crinkle will come back when washed. It isn't as strong though so I usually roll it up and tie it whilst it dries to ensure the crinkle stays, then I just iron the non-crinkle bodice part when it's dry. Hope that helps a little!
Comment by Erika M. Yuille on May 29, 2011 at 7:44pm

Forgot to mention, edgestitch from wrong side to complete rolled hem.


Comment by Erika M. Yuille on May 29, 2011 at 5:45pm

Hi, Roxanne!  I wanted to make a post regarding the bias flounce on your Vogue pattern.  You did not stipulate whether you are using a natural fabric (silk, crepe backed satin) or a polyester.  Please note that a natural silk fabric will come in various mombie's (weight of silk), which will also affect the "bias" drape.  If you find that the silk is too thin, may I suggest lining the drape with China silk, also cut on the bias.

When we attempt to replicate designs with "cheap" fabric (this may even include silks), we are always disappointed with the outcome, unless we take extra measures of underlining to build-up and ultimately tailoring the garment.  Tailoring=building  (underlining, interfacing and lining)


Why would you want a sharp crisp hem line on a loose the charm of the fabric prep?  Stay-stitch hem at a 1/4" from edge, press up on stitched line, clipping on curves; trim half of 1/4" to an 1/8", and fold again an 1/8"...Calvin Klein Hem...a little more difficult than a serged hem.

Comment by Patricia McClain Osborne on August 8, 2010 at 11:35am
I would suggest using a rolled hem if you have a serger. Using this method you won't lose the integrity of the crinkled fabric. You can sew a narrow hem with your sewing machine. You simply would sew a stitching line as your guide for the depth of your narrow hem a 1/4 inch hem would suffice. Turn under twice then sew on top of the previous stitching line. No pressing needed using this technique. I hope this helps. Good luck

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