Working with crinkle gauze/crinkle silk
Anyone good at working with crinkle fabrics? I am dyeing it and then sewing it into simple tops. Using a crinkle silk georgette 5mm.
There is a certain amount of shrinkage in the silk itself after it is dyed and washed and a large amount of width shrinkage when it wrinkles after washing. If I cut it out before dyeing it, just as it is after purchasing it, I am not too sure how much shrinkage to allow. Obviously, I can measure a sample yard before and after, but that is hard to translate into how much the width of a top will shrink. I wonder if there is something I wouldn’t think of to do. I like the look of the wrinkled finish, the casualness, traveling well, so the finished work will be left wrinkled, not pressed, so I need to anticipate what size it will be shrunken.
Also, serging the seams flattens the wrinkles too much, but I need to reinforce the seams, Would a small zigzag stitch, coupled with a french seam work better? It is not easy stuff to work with, it must not be too hard, there are lots of commercially made garments out there. I’m would guess they are not wetting the fabric, as I have to do in the dyeing process, but it does look very crinkly and wrinkled, unlike how it is when purchased.
Thanks in advance for any suggestions.