Chiffon fabric makes wonderful garments. It flows in a romantic soft way and gives a very feminine look to a dress, blouse or skirt.
Creative designers have been known to use chiffon in the making of shoes and jewelry as well.
Chiffon is made from natural silk fibers as well as man made synthetics.
The price of silk chiffon is going to be higher than the price of synthetic chiffon.
Silk Chiffon is lighter and less rigid than the polyester option. Silk has a more luxurious hand (feel) and of course the price tag is going to match. If you want to splurge on the silk version you will not be disappointed.
Polyester Chiffon fabric will cost you less and is a good choice for your sewing projects. I often say natural fiber fabrics are best, however, man made fabrics are affordable and they have come a long way in matching the feel of natural silk chiffon. It's best to choose a lesser price point fabric when you are learning to sew. Polyester chiffon comes in a wider bolt which also means you will need less when you purchase for your sewing project
Let me start by saying I love chiffon, but it can be a difficult fabric to sew. I cannot stress enough, take your time when you are sewing a chiffon project. I have made my fair share of mistakes and had frustration when sewing this wonderful fabric. All because I was in a hurry to complete my project.
So please take your time to do the tedious tasks of hand basting. Your project will look so much better and you will alleviate the headaches related to sewing sheer, fine fabrics.
Chiffon is a beautiful fabric, however, because chiffon tends to fray easily and the fabric itself shifts and moves easily, hemming can be a challenge. There are a few different ways you can use to hem chiffon.
I would also like to share this a wonderful tutorial for hemming chiffon.
Chiffon fabrics are flowing and romantic. Choose blouses with wide sleeves and skirts and dresses that have wide flowing bottoms.
Typically this light weight fabric is used for a dressy flowing garment structure. Sheer fabrics make for soft elegant blouses that compliments a clean line suit for the office as well.
Take your sewing project slow and easy and you will gain experience quickly with this beautiful fabric.
The dress in the photo is made of polyester chiffon. You can see the fabric hangs nicely. Polyester is a good option to the higher priced silk chiffon.
Oh and don't forget Chiffon also makes lovely curtains and curtain linings for the living room or anywhere in your home. I recommend using this fabric if you take it slow. The result is lovely.
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