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How does Crepe fabric behave when making skirts, shorts and other summer apparel?

Hi everyone,

I'm planning on making some skirts, shorts and other summer apparel for an upcoming vacation and I'm considering using Crepe fabric. However, I'm not very familiar with this type of fabric and was wondering how it behaves when making clothing items like skirts and shorts.

I want to make sure that the fabric is comfortable and breathable for hot weather, but also holds its shape well and doesn't wrinkle too easily. Can anyone who has worked with Crepe fabric for summer clothing give me some insights into its behavior?

Thank you in advance for your help!

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Hi there!

I've used Crepe fabric for a number of summer clothing items, including skirts and shorts, and I've found that it behaves really well. It's lightweight and breathable, which makes it perfect for hot weather and it doesn't cling to your skin like some other fabrics can.

In terms of its shape retention, I've never had any issues with it losing its shape or becoming misshapen over time, so I would say it holds up really well in that respect. And while it's not completely wrinkle-resistant, I've found that it doesn't wrinkle too easily and is easy to smooth out if it does become crumpled.

Overall, I would definitely recommend using Crepe fabric for summer apparel, as it's a great option for staying cool and comfortable without sacrificing style.


Hi there!

I have also used Crepe fabric for summer apparel, particularly for skirts, and I have found that it is a fantastic option for creating comfortable, stylish pieces that are perfect for the warmer months.

One thing to keep in mind is that certain types of Crepe fabric can be prone to static cling, particularly in dry climates. To help combat this, I would recommend using an anti-static spray or even a dryer sheet to prevent static buildup in the fabric.

Another tip that I've found helpful when working with Crepe fabric is to use a walking foot on your sewing machine. This will help ensure that the layers of fabric move smoothly through the machine together, which can be important for ensuring smooth and even stitching on this type of fabric.

When it comes to washing and caring for your Crepe garments, I would suggest hand-washing them or using the delicate cycle on your washing machine. Avoid using high heat when washing or drying, as this can cause the fibers to break down and lead to shrinkage. Instead, opt for low heat and air-drying your garments to help maintain their shape and prevent damage.

All in all, I would highly recommend giving Crepe fabric a try if you're looking to create stylish and comfortable summer apparel. While it does take a bit of extra care in terms of washing and handling, the end result is definitely worth it!


Hello everyone,

I wanted to share my experience using Crepe fabric for summer dresses. I love how soft and fluid this fabric is, making it perfect for flowy and feminine dresses. The lightweight and breathable nature of Crepe is especially ideal for hot summer days.

However, I would say that when working with Crepe fabric, it is important to take a few extra steps to ensure the dress holds its shape and the fabric stays looking good. Lining the dress is one way to provide added support and prevent the fabric from becoming misshapen over time. Another important thing to consider is to use a pressing cloth when ironing, to avoid damaging the delicate surface of the fabric.

I also wanted to mention that Crepe fabric can be quite slippery and difficult to work with, especially for beginners. So, if you are new to sewing with Crepe, I would recommend experimenting on smaller projects first to get a feel for the fabric.

When washing and caring for Crepe dresses, I suggest using cool water and a gentle detergent, and avoiding the use of high heat when drying. Crepe can be prone to wrinkling, so it is best to hang up the dress to air dry rather than tossing it in the dryer.

Overall, Crepe fabric is a wonderful choice for creating romantic and elegant summer dresses. It is important to be mindful of its delicate nature and to take special care when working with it, but with some practice, the results can be simply stunning.



As someone who loves sewing and frequently uses Crepe fabric, I must say that it is a great option for creating summer apparel. However, its behavior when making skirts and shorts can vary depending on the type of crepe fabric you are using.

Silk crepe fabrics can be a bit tricky to work with, as they can be delicate and prone to fraying. But they can also be beautiful and flowy, which makes them perfect for creating flowy maxi skirts or wide-legged shorts. Modern polyester crepe fabrics, on the other hand, are more durable and are easier to work with.

The advantage of using crepe fabric in any case is that it's lightweight, breathable, and it drapes really nicely. The only thing you need to be careful about is finishing the hems properly so that they don't unravel.

With regards to holding shape and wrinkle resistance, I've found that it's best to line your crepe garments. This will provide added structure and prevent wrinkles from showing up easily.

All things considered, I would recommend giving crepe fabric a try for your summer apparel creations!


Hey everyone,

I've also used Crepe fabric for summer clothing, and I think it works best for flowy and loose designs that don't require too much structure. In my experience, it is the perfect fabric for summer dresses, which can be worn for casual daytime looks or dressed up for fancier occasions.

While I agree that lining your Crepe garments is a good idea to provide added structure, it's important to note that lining can add weight to the fabric, which can make it feel less breezy and comfortable to wear. So if you really want to embrace the flowy, lightweight nature of Crepe fabric, going without a lining can be a good option.

In terms of wrinkles, I find that Crepe fabric can be a bit stubborn and difficult to iron out, so it's a good idea to avoid wrinkling the fabric in the first place. When washing or storing Crepe garments, be sure to take care not to crease or fold the fabric unnecessarily. It's also a good idea to steam your Crepe garments instead of ironing them to help take out any wrinkles and keep the fabric looking fresh.

Overall, Crepe fabric is a great choice for summer apparel if you are looking for a lightweight and breathable fabric that will keep you cool and comfortable in the heat. Whether you choose to line your garments or keep them unlined, it's important to take extra care when handling and storing your Crepe fabrics to minimize wrinkling and keep them looking their best.


Hello there!

I have also worked with Crepe fabric in the past and it is really a great fabric for summer apparel. It is lightweight, flowy and very comfortable to wear in hot weather.

When making skirts and shorts with crepe fabric, I would suggest using a lining to help provide added structure and support, so that the skirt or shorts can hold their shape better over time. Depending on the design, adding a lining can also make the garment more comfortable to wear, as it can help prevent the fabric from sticking to your skin on hot and humid days.

In terms of wrinkles, I have found that crepe fabric can be prone to wrinkling, especially if it is not stored or handled properly. It can be difficult to iron out wrinkles, so I would recommend storing your crepe garments on hangers, or carefully folded in a drawer, to minimize the risk of wrinkling.

All in all, crepe fabric is a great choice for summer apparel, and with a little bit of extra care when handling and storing your garments, you can ensure that they stay looking beautiful and wrinkle-free, season after season.


Hey all,

I just wanted to share my experience with Crepe fabric when making shorts for summer. I found that Crepe is a great choice for shorts because it is lightweight and flexible, which allows for a comfortable and breathable fit, especially when you're out and about in the heat.

When making shorts with Crepe fabric, I would recommend using a pattern that has a loose or relaxed fit, rather than something that is form-fitting. This is because Crepe fabric can be prone to wrinkling, and a looser fit will help to disguise any creases that might occur.

Another tip that I've found helpful when working with Crepe fabric is to use a rotary cutter instead of scissors. This helps to create smoother, more precise cuts without crushing or damaging the fabric. It's also important to use sharp pins and a fine needle to prevent snagging or excessive stretching of the fabric.

When washing your Crepe shorts, I recommend using a gentle, cool cycle on your washing machine, or hand-washing them in cool water. Hang-drying is the best way to prevent damage and maintain the shape of the shorts.

Overall, I think Crepe fabric is a great choice for summer shorts if you're looking for a comfortable, stylish and breathable fabric. With a little bit of extra care when sewing and washing your shorts, you can create beautiful and functional pieces that will last for seasons to come.

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