Silk: From Curtains to Ball Gowns

Oh, heavenly silk! This natural fiber has been used for eons to create luxurious home furnishings and clothing items. Even with the advent of synthetic fabrics, the popularity of silk has never waned. Apparently there's just something magical about this enchanting fabric...

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Just look at this absolutely yummy creation made from a simple bolt of iridescent green taffeta wrapped and pinned onto the mannequin. It reminds me of a dress fit for a fairytale princess or the most divine curtains I've ever seen! Scarlett O'Hara would even be envious of this "gown"!

I Simply Adore Silk!

Once upon a time, I owned a store that designed gorgeous curtains crafted with exquisite fabrics from all over the world. To be certain, they were all beautiful, but my all time absolute favorites were the silks. I have a soft spot in my heart to this very day for taffeta!

Silk taffeta and dupioni conjure up images of opulence. Silk curtains with their dressmaker details and dense interlining "petticoats" remind me of the most elegant ball gowns. I’m not one for formal occasions, but if I were, I could see myself in a jewel-toned taffeta gown with some sexy ruching or a cute little bustle.

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Eliminating Wrinkles

As dreamy as silks are to wear and admire, they will inevitably wrinkle, so how do you go about smoothing out the creases? We tend to look the other way if our silk curtains have a few wrinkles. In fact it's kind of trendy. A ball gown reduced to a mass of wrinkles, however, is never in style! High heat will damage the fibers, so using a hot iron is out of the question. Instead, try steaming the wrinkles out by either hanging the fabric in the bathroom right after a shower or using professional-quality steamer.

You can also try using the steam setting on your iron. Steam the silk by holding the iron at least 6-8 inches from the fabric. When using the steam method, be careful not to let moisture condense on the silk—that will cause water spotting and is almost as difficult to remove as a stain. To be on the safe side, take them to the dry cleaners. That may not be the cheapest route, but quality silk curtains and gowns are not cheap. Preserve your investment.

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Say "No" to Sun

Silks and sun do not mix. Not a problem with your silk ball gown—it will be protected in the closet. Your curtains are another matter. Sun fades colors and breaks down the fibers in silk, so make sure your curtains are preferably lined and interlined to provide a barrier from the elements. Hang silk curtains in rooms with indirect sun. Believe me, I’ve seen what the sun can do to silk in just a few short years. Once the fibers become brittle, there is no turning back!

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Cleaning Tips

As delicate as silks appear, believe it or not, they are very durable fabrics for curtains and dresses. You just need to know how to clean them. Never try hand washing or treating stains at home. Leave that to the professionals. Find a dry cleaner that specializes in evening gowns to take care of your precious silk items.

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Storage Suggestions

Giving your silk a well-needed rest once in a while is a good idea. To store them away for a season, place in a cotton storage bag or some other material that will breathe. Plastic dry cleaner bags are sure death for any type of silk fabric. Plastic traps ambient moisture, which might result in mildew or discoloration. Also remember, moths love to munch on silk, so throw in cedar chips, blocks or balls to repel the hungry larvae.

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Time to Play Dress Up

Silk ball gowns (both dresses and curtains) are a luxury. They will retain their rich color, crispness and sheen for years to come, if you follow my advice.

Now, go find the perfect silk gown for you...and your windows!

Which Curtain and Gown combo from this Hub is your favorite?

  • The Steel Grey -- I love the cool, icy vibe.
  • The Orange -- What can I say, I'm flashy!
  • The Bronze -- I like the understated elegance.
  • The Iridescent Blue -- The look is just too unique!
  • The Deep Red -- I am a passionate woman!
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Have Any Other Good Silk Care Tips to Share? 14 comments

CHANDER MEHRA 5 years ago

Yantalizing! Silk worms and mulberry trees weave magic in divinity in your words.


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lindacee 5 years ago from Southern Arizona Author

Thank you Chandra! What a beautiful sentiment!


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sagebrush_mama 5 years ago from The Shadow of Death Valley...Snow Covered Mountain Views Abound!

Oh, how pretty!


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lindacee 5 years ago from Southern Arizona Author

Why thank you, sagebrush_mama! Happy to be following you!


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ChristineVianello 5 years ago from Philadelphia

Wow, I am completely impressed.


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lindacee 5 years ago from Southern Arizona Author

Thank you, Christine. The fabrics speak for themselves!


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

12/6/2011...Excellent work, lindacee! Amazing presention and perfect grahics. Voted up and all the way on this informative, helpful and interesting work. I appreciate your talent and for following me. Forgive me for being so late in coming to your site to read your hubs. I have been trying to get out all the hubs I can before my health gets any worse. Have a Merry Christmas you and yours. Kenneth


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lindacee 4 years ago from Southern Arizona Author

Thanks for reading this Hub Kenneth! It was fun to research and write. Take care of yourself and best wishes for a wonderful Christmas season!


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

12/6/ night time.

Hello, My friend, lindacee...YOU are most-welcome, but it was "I" who should be thankful, and I am, to have such a creative writer/friend as you. And you take care and have The Best Christmas EVER!


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lindacee 4 years ago from Southern Arizona Author

Thank you for your kind words. Good evening.


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

You are very welcome, linda. Good evening to you and now, good morning to you. God bless.


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mollymeadows 4 years ago from The Shire

These are just lovely, Lindacee. It's clever to combine the drapes and the dress ideas. Nothing says Cinderella quite like silk! Beautiful!


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lindacee 4 years ago from Southern Arizona Author

Thank you so much Molly! Yes, silk is a magical fabric! Thanks for your comment. Best, Linda


ANGEL 3 years ago

NICE LOVE IT

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