How? How do you sew with silk? I've only had two sewing failures in the couple of years that I've been sewing and both have been attempts to make silk shirts.
I tried so hard! I:
- meticulously sandwiched my fabric between tissue and cut it out in a single layer.
- used a seam gauge on my machine.
- used the lowest setting on my iron and used a presscloth and paper
- followed the instructions to a 't'.
- pinned tissue above the top layer so the presser foot wouldn't drag the top layer of fabric
And it looks like crap! To add salt to the wound, I seem to be the only person unable to make this shirt as evidenced by the seemingly billions of fantastic versions of this shirt that have been sewn up by others.
I just can't understand how people actually sew with silk. Ironing it made it look terrible, even though I was so careful.
The facing was made of a double thickness of bias strip but to get it to curve around the neckline, I had to pull it a bit which made it thinner, so the topstitching was wonky and the finish inside looks terrible and it isn't stitched down in places!
Oh, and here's a wonderful close up of the seams.
To get the centre to line up I had to unpick my first and second attempts and baste the seams together. This is the only seam that matches on the whole garment. All of my seams are lumpy and wiggly and so ugly! Some of them are on the bias, too and they're the worst. I couldn't sew a straight line with this stuff to save my life.
How? How do you do it?