Chiffon Product Guide

Looking for a sheer apparel fabric? Chiffon might be a great option for you.

Chiffon is a beautiful sheer fabric that drapes well and is often used in formal apparel. It has a nice matte finish and is a favorite among apparel makers for prom dresses, blouses, wedding dresses, and veils or at special events as draperies, table skirts, and chair ties.

Working with Chiffon Fabric

Chiffon is a silky smooth, lightweight fabric that can be a little tricky to sew because of how slippery it can be. So here are a few tips to help you through it.

Care & Preparation

Pre-wash the fabric if you wish, using the method you plan to launder the finished garment. We generally recommend dry cleaning, but if you must, wash on a delicate cycle or hand wash in cold water and hang to dry.

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Cutting

We don’t recommend folding the fabric in half and cutting on the fold, because of how slippery this fabric can be.

When cutting Chiffon, use sharp shears and cut slowly, checking often to make sure that your fabric has not slipped. It is a great idea to mark out what you are cutting with a fabric marker beforehand, so you can see that your lines are straight and even before you make your cuts.

Needle & Thread

Choose a fine (75/11 to 65/9) ball point needle when sewing with Chiffon and a quality polyester thread.

Pinning

When pinning Chiffon, use lots of extra thin pins, preferably a silk pin, but anything size 17 and under would be well.

Sewing

One pro tip is using a walking foot. If you plan on sewing lightweight or slippery fabrics often this is going to be a great tool for you. The walking foot adds feed dogs on the top of the fabric so it gets pushed through on both sides.

Chiffon can be tricky to work with if you are not used to sewing lightweight fabrics. But there are a few tricks.

When you’re ready to sew, you want to use a lower the tension for a looser stitch that is less likely to pucker.

Sewing Tips

If you are having a hard time getting a stitch started (ie- it keeps getting sucked into your machine) place tissue paper or fabric stabilizer on the top of bottom of your fabric and sew like normal. Then after you are done sewing you can just rip the paper away.

If you are working with a really delicate looking garment, don’t backstitch at the beginning and end. This can sometimes make the stitch look bulky. Instead, leave plenty of thread hanging loose and tie it off after you are done sewing.

Techniques

A serger (overlocker) offers an alternative means of construction and will cut down on any amount of fraying you may have, but this is often slightly bulkier than a French seam and may not be the preferred method when constructing delicate apparel.

Ironing

When ironing Chiffon, we recommend using a medium heat setting.

Look at the beautiful range of Chiffon fabrics available here