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Lightweight, plain-weave sheer fabric with a crisp hand.

Organza is a crisp, sheer, plain-weave fabric with a medium to high yarn count. It is somewhat transparent and stiff to the touch. It can be found in light and medium weights.

Originally, organza was made only of silk; organdy was its cotton counterpart. Today, organza is made of silk, rayon, nylon, or polyester; but silk is the most versatile and easiest to work with. It comes in many colors and is sometimes offered with embellishments. It is washable (though the hand will change) and dry-cleanable.

The fabric is used in evening and bridal apparel for women. Because it has no drape, it is most suitable for garments where silhouette is more important than fluidity.

Organza is also an excellent interfacing, especially for silk garments, and also in sheer garments, as it adds stiffness without adding bulk.

Use organza for costumes and dancewear, for sheer window coverings, and for wedding decorations.

Tips & Tricks

Machine-washing and drying softens silk organza somewhat. If you need crisp fabric, do not prewash. Silk organza doesn't shrink.

Silk organza makes an excellent press cloth; it doesn't scorch and can be machine-washed and dried.

Use a 60/8 or 65/9 Microtex needle.

Use a straight-stitch foot and sole plate to sew organza.

French seams are advisable for areas that will be visible, and to prevent fraying.

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