Description : Crinkles are available in cotton, silk and polyester.
Fabrication : These fabrics are made by tightening the weft threads and modifying the heat settings. They usually have a backing fabric to help hold the crinkle in place.
Subtypes :
Dyes, color treatment and washing characteristics :
Draping properties : Cotton crinkle has a tendency to bag out at the seat and knees under conditions of wear. Polyester crinkle does not need preshrinking but the natural fibre crinkles do. Preshrink silk crinkle by passing a steam iron 1/2" (1 cm.) above the fabric. Preshrink cotton crinkle by machine washing in warm water and tumble drying in a permanent press cycle. The fabric will lose width and length from washing and appear very narrow and pleated - you will need to press it slightly to return its appearance to something close to what it was at purchase. The fabric is quite heavy and will tend to bag.
Cutting properties : Cut double layer and use pattern weights rather than pins.
Sewing challenges : Interface with fusible tricot. Always push the fabric towards the pressure foot to prevent stretching during sewing. A walking foot is the foot of choice. Do not topstitch. Serge raw edges and hand hem.
Example creations :
Uses worldwide : Medium width pants, unstructured shirts and blouses, underlined jackets.
Origins and history :
Wikipedia reference : none.

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