Ironing 101 Tips. Silk? Too Scared To Iron It?
Silk. One of the most luxurious fabrics ever. But most people are scared to iron it. But there is nothing to fear. Facts. Facts. Facts.
I remember the first silk garment I ever owned. My mother, a couture dressmaker in New York City. Before she married my father. Made it for me for my 14th birthday.
It was French Blue. Slim fitting. And. According to me. Looked sensational on me.
My mother often dressed me in blue. My complexion colour is cool. My eye colour is turquoise. Fluctuating from deep blue to deep green. And sometimes pure turquoise. Depending on what. Nobody knows!
So blue. Grey. Plum. Charcoal. Are part of my colour wheel. And I’m fortunate that I grew up with a mother who understood this.
And did she know how to press silk to get the perfect finish.
I recently saw a post on Twitter asking for help to press a silk garment. This gal was asked by her daughter to press her daughter’s bridesmaid silk dress. The night before the wedding.
And mum was terrified.
But there’s no reason to be.
It’s really easy. And there’s nothing to fear.
There are only two rules with pressing silk.
It needs a low iron temperature setting.
And it needs water misted on it to get the wrinkles out.
Ironing 101 Tips. Pressing Silk. What Do I Recommend?
First. Set your iron to the proper temperature.
If it’s an old iron. With no silk setting. Set it to a cool setting.
If it’s a modern iron. Set it to the silk setting.
And if you have a very new iron. Which has a universal setting. Which is technology that adjusts the temperature to the garment’s fabric via a sensor. You need to do nothing.
Do NOT wet the silk.
It only needs a mist of moisture from a spray bottle to get the wrinkles out.
Silk needs moisture to get the wrinkles out. So the end result using a dry iron with no misting will disappoint you.
Use your hands to spread the fabric flat and smooth. Before starting to press each section.
If you’re worried. Place a pressing cloth. Or any colourfast lightweight fabric over the top of the silk fabric. To stop it from scorching or burning.
If you’re truly terrified. Turn your garment inside out. And press it on the wrong side.
Silk doesn’t snap. Or snarl. It’s very tame!
I never use a pressing cloth with silk. Because the setting for silk on my top of the range Russell Hobbs iron is perfect. But I always mist my garment to make sure I get the wrinkles out. And I never let the iron sit too long in one spot.
It’s such a beautiful fabric to wear. It’s worth a little effort to make it look sensational.
If you have an easy way to press silk that you’re very happy with. Email me below with the details. And why you like this technique. And I’ll include it in this tip. My readers – and me – will love you for it.
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