Traditionally, charmeuse, made of 100% silk, has a variety of uses. For instance, we can use to make dresses for special occasions.
The history of charmeuse fabric goes back to the ancient Chinese discovery of silk. There is a legend about Chinese emperor’s wife discovered silk around 2700 BCE. Charmeuse fabric, Fabric of Emperors, can only be used by nobility due to its luxurious look. Charmeuse fabric was a highly guarded commodity and exported only as a finished product for centuries.
- Charmeuse fabric, soft and lightweight, is known for its lustrous sheen.
- Charmeuse has a shiny front side and a dull back side.
- Charmeuse fabric not only feels luxurious to the touch but also looks expensive.
Charmeuse is woven with a satin weave, and its back has a dull finish. It can be made from silk or polyester yarn. And, the face of charmeuse is covered with floating warp yarns and no twill line is visible. Therefore, the front of charmeuse is glossy and very smooth, while the backing is matte and slightly rough due to crepe yarns.
If you are a beginner, you should not use Charmeuse. Otherwise, the fabric can easily slip through your fingers and through the pedal of the sewing machine because of its sheen and softness. Besides, it may pucker at the stitches and pins can leave permanent holes.
When sewing charmeuse, you had better use smaller stitches to minimize the effect of the process on your garment.
Polyester Charmeuse Vs. Silk Charmeuse
|Silk Charmeuse||Polyester Charmeuse|
Traditionally, people use charmeuse to make women’s clothing. However, today, people use it to make wedding dresses, bridesmaid dresses, prom dresses and theatrical costumes, because of its sheen reflects well on the stage. Besides, charmeuse is also used to make lingerie and nightwear, due to its feel against the skin. What’s more, charmeuse can also be found in drapes and occasionally on sofas and in throw pillows.