We already discussed Crepe, but how is Crepe de Chine difference from Crepe? Obviously there is a difference, words matter, and they each carry a unique name. Surprisingly, Julie Parker was not as helpful as usual, listing the major difference between the two as Crepe de Chine is French for Crepe from China. But good old Fairchild was supremely helpful (p. 157): “A fine, lightweight, plain weave silk fabric woven with a silk warp and a crepe-twist silk filling alternating 2s-2z…more ends than picks per inch.” Translation: There are more warp threads, which hold the tension on the loom, than there
Ahhh China Silk. How it all began. 5500 years ago, the secrets of silk were discovered in China and once the cocoon unraveled, China began weaving it. The result was the original, plain weave, one over one under, China Silk. Soft and lightweight, easy to work with, pleats like a dream, with a fine hand, this alluringly flowing fabric is usually found in 5mm to 10mm, but can be woven in any weight. The ever fabulous Fairchild (p. 119) provides the following definitions for China Silk: 1. A plain weave, lustrous, lightweight, very soft silk fabric produced in China and Japan
In a blog post earlier this year, I asked the question What’s that Fiber? I provided a brief list of different fibers, then a slightly more thorough detailing of the three different weaving techniques most commonly used. I’m going to write a (long) series of posts describing what specifically each weave is. The three weaves are Plain, Twill, Satin. But there is TREMENDOUS variety within those three categories. So what’s in a weave? Just in a silk fiber, plain weaving is used to create Batiste de Soie, Broadcloth, Chiffon, China Silk, Cloque, Crepe, Crepe de Chine, Dupioni, Four Ply, Georgette,
MM What? Seriously, what is MM? Watch my brief ramblings to get a basic understanding of MM in silk and how it relates to sewing and costuming.