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Silk Doupioni

littlejs | Posted in General Discussion on

Hi< I am a designer and inventor of products for children with Cancer and other illnesses.  I have a patent on a garment that will help infants and children who have feeding tubes, IV lines, catheters etc.  I am still in the process of getting my products to market, and I will hopefully find an angel soon to either license my products or help me to develop them.  Until then, I am making the garments myself.

Tonight, I am going to ask a silly question.  I am trying to figure out what side of silk douponi is the “right” side.  There is a dull side and a shinnier side.  HELP Please. Inventor of littlejs.


  1. SewinMari | | #1

    I think it is the side that you like.

    1. littlejs | | #3

      Hi, I thought someone would say that. Ha.  That is what I was thinking, but I didn't like my own answer.  I contacted a fabric source for the silk, and they said that it was the shiny side, of course they also added that it was their "opinion".  Both sides are very pretty, so I'll study it a little more.  Thanks for your response.  littlejs

      1. user-216453 | | #7

        Hi, I love your idea. It's a lovely thing to make to help families at a hard time in their lives. For the silk, I always use the dull side as it is more flattering (i.e. not reflective), but will flip it for the collar, or do self-covered buttons with the shiny side. Piping is also great with the shiny side, especially as the dull side slips less!!

        Hope you can get your business up and running!

        1. littlejs | | #8

          My silk is for a small but long christening dress.  It is off white but not ivory.  Would you also use the dull side on the outside for this type of dress? Kathy

          1. user-216453 | | #9

            I think I would use the lustrous side and make it as special as possible. Again, it's your choice. If you're going to have a line of them available, you could offer both so the consumer has a choice, depending on how they might like the pictures to look. You could also do it on the dull side but do the yoke or ruffles with the shiny. So many choices!!

          2. littlejs | | #10

            This one is for my new granddaughter.  It is really hard to tell one side of this from the other.  I thought that I would line it as well and make a slip.  Does the shinier side tend to look tacky when finished?  I notice that the colored silk looks somewhat UGH on the shiny side, but on the off-white it is not so obvious.  I've only made one once before using the dull side and at times it just looked like cotton.  Have you noticed that? Kathy

          3. user-216453 | | #11

            Yes, I have notice it can look like cotton, which is why I switched gears when you said it was off-white - that's probably one of the few colors I would wear on the correct (shiny) side (the other is black). If you have a digital camera, why don't you drape it around a doll or something and take pictures of both sides and see which looks better?

          4. littlejs | | #12

            Thank you, that is a great idea.  I'll try it tomorrow and let you know.  Kathy

  2. meg | | #2

    I agree; whichever side makes your end result look the best.  Remember, you purchased both sides of the fabric!  You might also want to use both sides on the outside of your product - as a facing, trim, etc.  Have fun!

    1. littlejs | | #4

      I think your idea is a great one, I would have never thought of that.  I am making a christening gown, and bonnet for my new granddaughter Kiley.  Perhaps I should see which side stains the least!  About 10 years ago, I made a flower girl dress out of the silk and used the dull side.  It was quite beautiful in certain lights.  She danced and slid all over the dance floor and the dress held up like a trooper.  I've got a little knowledge in my head, so I hope I share some of it with all of you.  Thank you so much for responding.  Kate, Grandmother of Baby Jay.  Littlejs is a line of clothing I am developing in honor and memory of my grandson who died from a malignant brain tumor at the age of 7 months.

      1. TwilaB | | #6

        I'm sorry that you lost your grandson.  I like what you're doing in his memory.  So touching.  I just lost my 25 year-old son, my only child.  I can empathize.

    2. HeartFire2 | | #5

      I got the biggest kick out of "Remember, you purchased both sides of the fabric! "Thanks for the laugh

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