Caring For Taffeta
Taffeta has a crisp drape and may be gathered into a lofty fullness. Pleats hold a sharp crease. Fabric is moderately easy to cut and sew, but pins and needles may leave holes. Choose close-fitting, fitted, or semi-fitted styles to make draperies, petticoats, dresses, evening wear, bridal wear, and linings. Extremely difficult to iron. Drycleaning is strongly recommended.
What to expect with Taffeta:
- easy to cut out
- reversible; both sides of the fabric look the same
- pins and needles may leave holes, marks
- creases easily
- strong and durable
- wears evenly
- resists abrasion
- resists snags
- holds its shape
- tends to wrinkle
- water drops leave spots or marks
- dryclean only
- dry iron
- may fade, bleed or shrink slightly
Sewing rating (easy to hard): easy
Suggested clothing fit: fitted, semi-fitted, or loose-fitting
Suggested styles: pressed pleats and tucks; lofty gathers; 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