Georgette

Description : A sheer, crinkly, crape fabric, both soft and drapable. The yarn is slightly twisted, giving Georgette its pebbly appearance. Georgette wrinkles, has little stretch, is easily damaged (such as by improprer pressing or even ripping), and frays badly. It is more durable and somewhat easier to sew than chiffon, but not as crisp or easy to sew as organza.
Fabrication : Georgette is generally made from silk, rayon or polyester.
Dyes, color treatment and washing characteristics : Preshrink with steam or by dry cleaning for silk georgette. Polyester georgette can be machine washed and dried. Rayon georgette preshrinkage depends on the manufacturer's instructions.
Draping properties : Georgette drapes exceedingly well, silk georgette more than polyester.
Cutting properties : Fabric should be spread in a double layer with selvages pinned together for cutting. Lay out the pattern but try to keep pins within the seam allowances. Mark the right side of the fabric with a cross stitch. Use serrated scissors or rotary cutter-and-mat for best results when cutting. Fabric can be marked by chalk, scissor clips, erasable pens, tailor's tacks or thread.
Sewing challenges : You should hand baste to ensure sewing accuracy and avoid ripping, which damages the fabric. You can pin baste if you use extra fine needles. Use a new, sharp needle with a wide straight stitch foot or roller foot to minimize problems with stitching. You may need to sandwich stitch seams, or use water soluble stabilizer between fabric layers (which can be removed via steam pressing), especially for doing buttonholes. Shorten the stitch length through curves. Lift the presser foot repeatedly (while being careful to leave the needle in the fabric) to avoid the build-up of bubbles. Do not backstitch - instead, tie a knot in thread ends. Use French or faux French seams for best results. Trim dart takeup to 1/4" (6 mm) and zigzag or hand overcast the edges. Facings will lead to unattractive shadows - therefore, use bindings, edge-to-edge linings or underlinings. For interfacing, use lightweight sew-ins, self-fabric, organza or lightweight silks. For lining, use georgette - this preserves the drape. Use lightweight embroidery thread and a very fine, sharp needle for machined buttonholes. Test press to avoid problems, and keep iron heat low to medium. Use a press cloth. Hems may be narrow, handmade or double width, depending on the garment.
Example creations : Cream top, Spring skirt,
Uses worldwide : Special occasion garments, flowing dresses, coats, blouses, skirts, full pants, loose tops, jackets, linings, underlinings and interfacing. In general, Georgette works best on loose-fitting garments in a simple style, with a minimum of darts and seams. Garments that are not full enough will have a tendency to look skimpy. Georgette also makes great scarves.
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