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...
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.
The Look of Silk for Less
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.
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!
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.
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.
Silk Ball Gowns
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?
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