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silk douppioni

Madeleine | Posted in Fabric and Trim on

Hello everyone.  I just received the silk douppioni fabric that I ordered for my daughter’s bridal gown.  I have no experience with this fabric and I special ordered it from my local Jo-Ann Fabrics.  I know douppioni is textured and has natural slubs, but in some places it almost looks like there are pulls.  There are also some places where there is a darkened thread.  Is this typical or should I be disappointed with the quality of this fabric?  I used the special order thinking I would get better fabric than the bolts in the store.  The store fabric, which also came in colors, was 14.99 while the “bridal inspirations” was 19.99.  It was more than 2 weeks late arriving, and now I’m not so sure I’m pleased with the quality.  Just wanted to know what those of you who purchase this fabric often think.




  1. Elisabeth | | #1

    Yes, the dupioni I use has slubs and some color variations. However, I have been using colors other than natural or white. I just made a red top for my daughter and I almost felt like I needed to cut around the "pulls". That is the charm of dupoini though, the texture.

    Most importantly, what does your daughter think of it? If it is unrolled and held up as a long skirt, how does it look? Dupioni is very nice in volume. How does it look with the lace you mentioned previously for the bodice? Will the mild horizontal texture work with your chosen design?


    1. Madeleine | | #2

      Hello Elisabeth.  My daughter hasn't seen the purchased piece of fabric yet, but she did see it in the store so she knows the texture.  We held up the lace and the fabric bolt with the douppioni together when we made the selection, so we are pleased with the look.  My concern is more about the quality of the actual fabric piece I received.  I began cutting yesterday and have been careful about the placement of the pieces.  I'm hoping to finish the cutting today...I have an unexpected day off because of a snowstorm!

      1. ShannonG4d | | #3

        Madeline, the slubs and "pulls" you describe are part of the inherent quality of dupioni (which is made from twin silkworm bags, as I recall).  You can do as you are doing and adjust your layout to avoid those areas that are least desirable, or you could pull the offending thread to the wrong side of the fabric (as for the snag on a knit).  You will want to do this before cutout, so if the result is less than desirable you can avoid that area.

        My opinion?  The hallmark of dupioni is the irregularity of the fabric.  Synthetic copies of dupioni don't have that; they are "perfect".  I'll leave the slubs and bits of "stuff" as a hallmark of the real thing...but that's me.


      2. Elisabeth | | #4

        Now that is one well timed snow storm!  Hmm, I am trying hard to remember the dupioni I have seen at the JoAnn's here.  It is pretty.  If anything it is possibly a tiny bit coarser than what I might find elsewhere.  Even if they sold you something that is not the best quality my thought is that it is probably fine and will be just as beautiful in the way that silk always is.  It will sew as easily and the finished gown nicely pressed and underlined will be perfect. You are not the only one that is suspicious of JoAnn's fabrics, it is a mystery fabric mecca!E.

        1. Madeleine | | #5

          Well, I have cut all the pieces and it seems that I was able to avoid any areas that were truly questionable.  I'm optimistic; so far it looks as though it will be beautiful, and my daughter is pleased.  That's what matters most ;-)

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