Onionsilk
by Shannon Gifford
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  • Onionsilk

    This fabric could be considered a ‘cousin' to onionskin fabric. It has the weight and drape of onionskin, but a texture that is smooth….like silk! This fabric is lovely and soft, and wonderful to wear!

    Pretreatment:

    Machine wash, cold water, no bleach. Machine dry, or lay flat to dry.

    Needles and Thread:

    Jersey needles, size 11/75, are the best choice. Choose a poly/cotton or all polyester thread for construction.

    Interfacing:

    Very lightweight tricot fusible interfacing can be used successfully for this fabric. For a sewn-in interfacing or for lining, use solid colored onionsilk fabric.

    Seams, Seam Finishes, and Hems:

    A small zigzag stitch (2.0 width, 2.0 length) is best for seams. Hems can be topstitched, twin-needle topstitched, coverstitched, or simply left raw. Seams do not require finishing. This fabric is truly simple to sew!

    Pattern suggestions:

    Tops, tees, tanks, shirts, skirts, dresses, full pants, wraps, cardigans, swing jackets.

    Creative possibilities:

    Piping looks fabulous on the printed onionsilk fabrics. Choose one of the colors in the print, or choose a coordinating or contrasting fabric to create your piping. Keep the piping thin for the prettiest results. Onionsilk can also be treated with a trapunto-type effect. Place a layer of onionsilk lining under the desired print area, and machine or hand-stitch around the outline of the print. As this does add a tiny bit of weight to the area, it is best to use this technique near hems or sleeve cuffs. It's great to use on shirt collars, too!

    Additional Tips:

    Store your onionsilk garments flat, rather than on a hangar.

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