I've never liked sewing with charmeuse. That stuff is a little wacky, right? But this go-around, I finally implemented a couple tips I'd heard and the results were amazing. I can honestly say I even enjoyed it! So, here they are, my two favorite tips for sewing charmeuse and other slippery fabrics:
1. Cut with weights and a rotary cutter. The biggest frustration when sewing a slippery fabric may well be the cutting. It slides all over the place, distorting the pieces and making for inaccurate results. The solution to this is to keep the fabric absolutely still while cutting. Use weights (I use an assortment of mugs and a heavy tape dispenser) to hold your pattern pieces down, and then cut around them with a VERY sharp rotary cutter. A decent-sized cutting mat is not cheap, but it's a good investment if you regularly sew slippery silks.
2. Hand baste your darts and seams before sewing. This may seem a little fussy, but the results are worth it. And it really doesn't take much time! Baste your seams together (regular thread is fine) and then try on your garment for a fitting if needed. Once you're happy with the fit, you can stitch your seams by machine. It helps to stitch just inside your line of basting, rather than catching the basting with your machine stitches. This makes the basting easier to remove. Pull out the basting and press your seams.
Please share your own tips for sewing charmeuse and other slippery fabrics!