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Silk for silk pajamas?

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    Lyndsey @madelouisville

    Hi there! I’ve been googling this like crazy but can’t find an answer. Hoping someone on this forum can help.
    What kind of silk fabric is used for traditional men’s silk Pajamas, like the kind Audrey Hepburn wears in Charade? Is that silk satin? Charmeuse? I bought charmeuse but now I’m thinking that won’t have enough body.
    I want to recreate those pajamas using B6296! Thanks!

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    Lightning McStitch @LightningMcStitch

    Hi Lyndsey.
    I bought my dad some silk pajama s a couple of Christmases ago after finding the pajamas cheaper than the fabric!
    I reckon it’s a silk satin that you want. Silk seems to be variously measured in g per sq/m as we’re familiar with, but also in “mommes”.
    I found one reference suggesting that “22mommes was ideal for lightwear, summer sleepwear and 30mommes for a more luxurious feel”.
    And elsewhere, that: 1 momme = 4.340g per sq/m
    I’d look for a silk satin of that more substantial weight, and if you can find it, then go for the “peace” silk, where the little worms get to leave their cocoons rather than being boiled alive in them. 🙂

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    Lyndsey @madelouisville

    Thanks Shelley! That is super helpful!

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