Silk Shantung is a sturdy, wrinkle-resistant, medium weight fabric with a unique textured surface and a beautiful sheen. It is often used in eveningwear and bridal/wedding, but can also be used for suits and high end sportswear and home decor. Shantung is also known as "raw silk" or "spun wild silk"; it is similar to Dupioni silk, but Shantung a lighter weight and is made from woven raw silk fibers that give it a slightly striated texture. Shantung creates a beautiful effect for volume - it lends itself wonderfully to shirring, tucks and pleats.
Very slightly striated surface with medium weight thickness; very crisp and holds its structure when draped
Very high degree of shine
This fabric is very forgiving and easy to sew, but tends to ravel at raw edges - be sure to finish all seams and hems!
Use with nap cutting layout (i.e. all pattern pieces laid out in the same lengthwise direction) so all pattern pieces reflect light the same way and shading is prevented.
Use standard stitch size and a sharp, universal (or quilting) needle when machine sewing
Shantung is wrinkle resistant, but since it is a natural fiber this means it also does not hold a sharp crease well
Great for tailored and structured garments
Texture can feel rough on the skin, so it’s best to line garments made in this fabric.
Even when fully lining the garment, finish seam allowances to prevent fraying
The fabric is somewhat stiff in its original state – you can wash on gentle cycle with cold water and hang straight to dry for softer drape. We recommend you test a small piece of yardage first, though.
Shantung is very versatile. Depending on the garment, some of the finishes you can use are: French seams, overlock (serger), binding, rolled hem, hand-stitched or top-stitched hem.