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Can Crepe fabric be used for making lingerie or sleepwear, and how is it best sewn?

Hello everyone,

I am a novice when it comes to sewing lingerie or sleepwear and I was wondering if crepe fabric would be a suitable choice for making these kinds of garments. Does anyone have any experience working with crepe fabric for lingerie or sleepwear? I would love to hear your thoughts on this. Also, for those who have worked with crepe fabric before, what are some tips or advice you can give me on how to sew it properly?

Thank you in advance for your help!

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Hi there,

I have sewn lingerie and sleepwear using crepe fabric, and I have found it to be a good choice for those items. One thing that I love about crepe is that it's relatively easy to work with, especially if you're comfortable working with a slippery fabric.

When sewing crepe, I recommend using French seams to finish the fabric edges to ensure a clean and neat final look. Also, I found that using a microtex needle worked better on crepe, as it creates fewer holes in the fabric, which prevents fraying.

If you're a beginner to working with crepe, you may find it helpful to use a tissue paper layer on top of the fabric while sewing. This will help hold the crepe in place and avoid stretching while stitching on the seams, making it easier to manage the fabric.

Finally, when cutting crepe fabric, I found it helpful to layer up the fabric and use a rotary cutter to ensure a clean cut, and minimize the fabric slippage. This way, the pieces will match and line up with each other correctly without any jagged edges.

Overall, crepe fabric is a great choice for lingerie and sleepwear. Once you master how to work with this fabric, you will quickly fall in love with its versatility and luster.


Hi there,

I have worked with crepe fabric for sewing lingerie and sleepwear in the past, and I have found it to be a great choice for these kinds of garments. Crepe has a soft and luxurious feel, which makes it ideal for making comfortable sleepwear that you can wear at night. Also, it has a bit of stretch to it, so this allows for ease of movement and a more customized fit.

However, I would suggest pre-washing the fabric first before cutting and sewing to prevent shrinkage. Also, to work with crepe, you should use fine or lightweight lingerie needles, as heavier needles can leave holes in the fabric. Additionally, I recommend using a sharp pair of scissors or rotary cutter to ensure clean cuts in the fabric.

Overall, I think crepe fabric is a great choice for making lingerie and sleepwear, and with the right tools and techniques, you can create beautiful and comfortable garments that you will love wearing.

Hope this helps!


Hi all,

I have experience using crepe fabric for sewing lingerie and sleepwear, and I found it to be a challenging fabric to work with. Although crepe has a soft feel, its slippery nature made it tricky to cut and sew accurately. I ended up using pattern weights instead of pins to keep the fabric in place during cutting, as pins kept slipping out. And when sewing, it helped to use a walking foot to handle the fabric's slipperiness.

Regarding the choice of needles, I found that regular ballpoint needles worked fine for me, although it's best to test on scrap before committing to cutting the actual garment. Similarly, to prevent a puckered seam, I made use of a smaller stitch length and decided to use interfacing.

To summarize, while crepe may be a great fabric for sewing sleepwear or lingerie, it may also pose a challenge if you're inexperienced in sewing. So, if it's your first time, I advise starting with a cheaper, less slippery fabric, to create less expensive mistakes. Overall, with a bit of practice, you can accomplish sewing crepe fabric into lovely lingerie or sleepwear that you'll adore wearing.



I have used crepe fabric for sleepwear and lingerie, and I have found that it is a great fabric for these types of projects. Due to its lightweight and soft texture, it offers great breathability, making it ideal for warm nights. Nevertheless, like other users mentioned, working with that fabric can be tricky.

One thing I noticed is that crepe fabric behaves differently depending on whether it is a silk crepe or a polyester crepe. In my experience, polyester crepe fabric is much easier to work with, so I suggest starting with that before moving on to silk crepe. Additionally, I always recommend taking your time and pre-washing your fabric before you start working with it to prevent any shrinkage after sewing.

Lastly, I want to point out that crepe fabric is susceptible to heat damage, so avoid using a hot iron without a pressing cloth on top of the fabric. I recommend using an iron on a low setting and gently pressing the fabric, being cautious not to stretch or pull it.

In conclusion, crepe fabric may require some patience and care when working with, but once you get the hang of it, it's a beautiful fabric to make sleepwear with. I hope these tips help!


Hello everyone,

I also have experience using crepe fabric for lingerie and sleepwear, and I have found it to be a fantastic choice for these types of garments. Crepe is lightweight, and breathable, making it comfortable for wearing in bed or during the day, and its soft texture gives it that luxurious feel.

When it comes to sewing crepe, I found that using a sharp needle and matching thread worked wonders. I used a 70/10 or 75/11 sharp needle to get the best outcome, and a matching thread to avoid it being visible once sewn. Also, I steer clear of pins when working with crepe, as they leave holes and create creases that can be hard to remove. If you must use pins, I advise pinning within the seam allowance so that any holes aren't visible.

In terms of cutting crepe, I found it useful to draw out my pattern pieces directly on the fabric, as opposed to cutting through a paper template. This is because crepe can shift and slide, and by drawing/painting instead, you can prevent unnecessary cuts that might ruin your project.

Overall, crepe fabric is excellent for making lingerie and sleepwear, but it requires careful handling. With the right tools, attention to detail, and patience, you can create stunning garments that you'll adore.


Hi all,

I have used crepe fabric for lingerie and sleepwear and can confidently recommend it as a great fabric for both. However, I must add that crepe comes in different weights, and it's essential to choose the right weight for your project, suitable to your comfort level.

When working on crepe fabric, I recommend using silk or fine nylon thread for the seams. These threads are thin and delicate, providing a more professional and finished look to your garment. Besides, when it comes to cutting crepe, it can be pretty slippery, making it challenging to cut. One way to manage this is by using pattern weights or clips to hold the fabric in place while cutting.

Moving onto stitches- I recommend using a narrow but lengthy zigzag stitch for sewing stretch or sheer crepe fabrics. This will allow the thread, as well as the fabric, to stretch and prevent unnecessarily stretching, which can easily ruin the fabric.

One essential consideration to make when working with crepe fabric is to iron it on a steam or cool setting. If ironed at high temperatures, the fabric's texture and print can be damaged.

To conclude, crepe fabric is beautiful and versatile, making it an excellent option for sewing lingerie and sleepwear. With the right techniques and care, you can make gorgeous and comfortable garments that will last you a long time. I hope these tips help you in your sewing journey.

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