Why are the most luxurious fabrics often the most difficult to work with?
I’m talking silk chiffon and charmeuse here. Not any more.
I found this great article on Threads by Susan Khalje on how to firm up fussy fabrics using a solution of gelatin and water.
In brief, here is what you do
1. Add 2 tsp gelatin to 2 cups of tap water. Let sit for 30 minutes
2. Add 1 quart (950ml) of boiling water to this and stir to dissolve completely
3. Put your fabric in the mix and let sit for 1 hour
4. Roll the fabric in a towel and squeeze out excess liquid
5. Let air dry
Voila! Less stress for less!
After its gelatin bath, the fabric felt like tissue paper and went right back to its normal drape after rinsing in water. I also tried pressing it, and there were no dramas at the ironing board – it pressed beautifully!
Now, setting in that chiffon sleeve doesn’t seem quite so hair ripping does it?
Relax and Enjoy,