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Restoring Silk

Chris_Wright | Posted in Fabric and Trim on

I have a Southern Belle Organza Gown that I have lovingly designed. The organza silk gown is almost like a chiffon.

Unfortunately with silk is that this fabric does not last. I noticed recently that some of the silk fibres in the gown have split. It also stains easily.

One option that I was thinking was to make a replica, but making a replica each time when the fabric deteriorates is not only a nuisance, but is very very expensive, especially for this type of gown.

Does anybody know of how to protect silk from deterioration (other than blending silk with other materials), and keeping it from tearing easily and disintegrating away?

Is it possible to create a fine vintage garment of fine material that will last?



  1. HelgaPataki | | #1

    Restoring silk

    Hi, I am reading old messages and wonder if anybody has an answer to the above question.  A few years ago I went into bedwear making and made a lot of silk sheets and duvet covers.  I heard that silk is one of the strongest fibers in the world and is only weak when wet, like after a wash.  I have experienced silk going "dry" or cracking, and it seems that although some say silk is self-cleaning like wool, and does not really require a lot of cleaning, I find this to be really not true.  For some clothing, I dyed mine so that a white stained silk blouse is now a funkier darker color to be worn with jeans.  any ideas?

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