Poly Charmeuse
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  • Poly Charmeuse

    Whether there is a formal event in your future or you simply want to make something divinely elegant, charmeuse is one of the most beautiful fabrics to use. The polyester and poly/acetate charmeuse fabrics can also boast of washability and ease of care! Charmeuse is soft, drapes beautifully, and has the luster of a pearl.

    Pretreatment:

    Machine wash, cold water, no bleach, no fabric softener. Can be machine dried on a delicates setting, or lie flat to air dry.

    Needles and Thread:

    Universal machine needle, size 11/75, is best for most applications. Polyester or poly/cotton threads work best for this fabric.

    Interfacing:

    Use the lightest weight interfacing you can find. A lightweight tricot fusible is a good choice for fusibles; use self-fabric or polyester organza for sewn-in applications of interfacing.

    Seams, Seam Finishes, and Hems:

    Use a medium length (2.5mm) straight stitch for most seams. Hems can be topstitched or stitched by hand. Hems and seams will require a seam finish; charmeuse can ravel. Use a 2 or 3-thread serged finish, or stitch your seams with a French seam.

    Pattern suggestions:

    Blouses, dresses, skirts, tops, bridal or evening wear, garments with draped or soft ruffled details, sleepwear, shawls, capes

    Creative possibilities:

    The drape of charmeuse lends itself beautifully to bias cuts. Bias garments require additional width in the seam allowances; purchase an additional 10 to 20 percent length for such a garment. Save your remnants to use as gorgeous bias bindings on other garments! Charmeuse also works beautifully in gathered details, such as ruffles or smocking.

    Additional Tips:

    Always use a press cloth between charmeuse and your iron.

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