I’m planning to make a dress out of rayon challis. To preshrink the challis, I put it through a gentle wash cycle (cut edges serged) and laid it flat to dry, which worked just fine.
The challis is laid out on my cutting table, selvage edges pinned together at short intervals. My table is topped with a clear, self-healing mat that has a one inch grid undeneath it. I’ve aligned the selvages over one long grid line, but the fold is not even with a parallel grid line 27″ away. Smoothing the fabric and otherwise moving it around doesn’t entirely fix that– I can see that the challis stretches out of shape fairly easily.
Consequently, I think I need to interline the major pieces to support the challis, to help it keep its shape. I’d appreciate some suggestions for interlining fabric. I’ll likely have to purchase that from an on-line store, so I’d welcome sources too.
Thanks, Susan Gowen
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