Gathering and easing are common elements of a garment, and it’s important to test these in your chosen fabric. Silk comes in many varieties, and you want to match the fabric to the details you plan for your garment.
Dupioni, for example, creates full, stiff gathers. Chiffon and georgette can be tightly gathered, and the fabric falls softly against the body.
Pleats, darts, and tucks
Use your iron to determine how crisply a detail such as a pleats, darts, and tucks can be formed in your fabric. Press in a mock dart or pleat, and see if the folds are sharp and long-lasting. Also take note of whether impressions from underlayers form on the fabric. Katrina demonstrates these tests on fabrics such as shantung, organza, and charmeuse, which behave differently.
These tests reveal a silk fabric’s special characteristics. Once you have identified them, you can work with them to create beautiful, unique silk design details.