Tuesday, 14 June 2011


Chiffon, French pronunciation: [ʃi.fɔ̃], from the French word for a cloth or rag, is a lightweight, balanced plain-woven sheer fabric woven of alternate S- and Z- twist crepe (high-twist) yarns.

The twist in the crepe yarns puckers the fabric slightly in both directions after weaving, giving it some stretch and a slightly rough feel.

Chiffon is made from cotton, silk or synthetic fibres.

Chiffon can be dyed to almost any shade desired, but if it is made out of polyester it can be difficult to dye. Under a magnifying glass it resembles a fine net or mesh which gives chiffon some see-through properties.

Chiffon is most commonly used in evening wear, especially as an overlay, giving an elegant and floating appearance to the gown.

It is also a popular fabric used in blouses, ribbons, scarves and lingerie. Like other crêpe fabrics, chiffon can be difficult to work with because of its light and slippery textures. Due to this delicate nature, chiffon must be hand washed very gently.

Since chiffon is a light weight fabric that frays very easily, bound or French seams must be used to stop the fabric from fraying. Chiffon is smoother and more lustrous than the similar fabric georgette. 

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

NOTES: MM - momme. Momme is the measurement for weight of silk, 16mm is twice as heavy as 8mm, so 8mm is light weight, 16mm is medium weight, 28 mm is heavy weight.

100% Silk, 8mm

 Crinckle Silk Chiffon

 6mm, 100% Silk. These vary in color when seen in different lights or from different angles!

 Polyester iridescent chiffon

Crepe Georgette Chiffon, 8mm. 100% Silk

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