Black Silk Taffeta
PRICED AND SOLD BY THE 1/2 YARD
EXAMPLE: TO ORDER 2.5 YARDS ENTER 5 IN THE QUANTITY BOX
Black silk taffeta, a classic fabric and a personal favorite that can be used in many different ways. Silky smooth and lightly crisp with a malleable hand and airy drape. Dress it up or down, make a dress, shirt, skirt, vest, duster coat....and it makes a perfect lining for more structured fabrics. I like to toss silk taffeta in the washer/dryer, which makes it a bit more cotton-y, kicks back the silky shine and creates lovely all-over crinkles. I take it out of the dryer when it is just a bit damp, smooth it out, give a light press. You can then sew and press, and it will retain the soft crinkles. After sewing, machine wash gentle, either air dry or toss in the dryer until just damp, pull out and smooth the edges. In my own wardrobe, a black shirt and black vest are travel staples. Silk taffeta is an ideal choice because it is a natural insulator, warm when layered, cool and airy in warm weather. Pattern suggestions: Kathryn Brynne’s simple lined jacket or vest, Vogue 9135, or Katherine’s wonderful sculptural vest Butterick 6138, or the jacket in he intentionally un-matched suit: Vogue 9035, or Katherine’s tunic vest: Butterick 6064.
Trivia note: the sound taffeta makes when it rubs itself is called 'scoop'.
Silk is washable. If you want to maintain the original sheen and texture, hand launder and air dry or dry clean. If you want a more textured crinkled look. toss in the washer dryer.