Caring For Organza
Organza has a crisp drape that falls away from the body in wide cones. It may be gathered or shirred into a puffed or bouffant fullness. Use alone or under or over a second fabric to make fitted, semi-fitted, or loose-fitting styles of blouses, dresses, children's clothing, and evening wear. Use to make facings, interfacings, and/or linings for lightweight or sheer fabrics. Use as an underlining to add crispness and/or weight to limp, thin fabrics, or to stabilize loose weaves. Drycleaning is strongly recommended.
What to expect with Organza:
- fabric is reversible; both sides of the fabric look the same
- inner construction shows from the outside
- creases easily
- durable and strong
- wears evenly
- resists snags
- holds its shape
- tends to wrinkle
- crushes easily
- water drops leave spots or marks
- dryclean only
- dry iron
- may shrink slightly
- may bleed or fade
Sewing rating (easy to hard): easy
Suggested clothing fit: fitted, semi-fitted, or loose-fitting
Suggested styles: pressed pleats and tucks; lofty gathers; elasticized shirring; lined; puffed or bouffant
Silk is regarded as nature's most perfect fiber, but even perfection has its limitations:
and agitation - Silk's smooth surface does not attract dirt and is
easily cleaned, but silk can be damaged by most laundry detergents -
so always dry clean your silk. Silk loses strength when wet, so do not
wring or agitate.
- Bleach - Silk is easily damaged by strong
bleaches that contain sodium hypochlorite.
- Heat and light - Silk is sensitive to heat and begins to decompose at 330 degrees fahrenheit. Use a warm (not hot) iron.
- Mildew and moths - Silk will not mildew except in extreme conditions. Moths don't care for it, but carpet beetles do.
- Perspiration causes silk to deteriorate and affects the color,
causing staining. Any silk worn next to the skin should be cleaned