Sunday, November 4, 2012
O is for Organza
Organza is a wonder fabric. According to the July 2012 issue of Threads on tissue-weight fabrics, organza is a crisp, plain-weave fabric that has some bounce with a wiry hand, and a little sheen...crushes easily and is usually silk but can be made from manufactured fibers.
I often see directions in vintage patterns to use organza for giving structure or in place of stay tape with softer fabrics. The faux fur jacket I made from a 1940 Simplicity pattern had directions to use strips of organza along the front lines of the jacket:
I also use organza as a press cloth when ironing. I like it for ironing because it's a strong fabric but it is also transparent which makes it easier to see what I'm doing.
Gertie has done some great posts on organza and it's use in couture sewing including: all organza is not created equal, using organza to stabilize a neckline, and underlining in silk organza.
Do you use organza in your sewing? What do you use it for?
Labels: ABCs of vintage sewing