I was unsure of how to prep silk suiting, but decided to just do a gentle hand wash and then hang dry. The best place to hang this length of fabric to dry was over the shower curtain rod. This was all fine, except when I walked in a couple hours later to check and was almost knocked out by the smell. It stunk of moth balls. It was as if there was an old lady hiding behind the fabric waiting to jump out at attack me with knitting needles! Thankfully it went away when it was dry, but faint aromas keep wafting up while I was ironing it today. Does anyone know why this happened? Is this normal? Does all silk smell when wet?!?! God forbid I ever get caught in the rain in this dress!
Has anyone ever worked with silk suiting? I am going to assume I will need similar needles/precautions as sewing with regular silk, but it just won't be a slippery. Any tips would be helpful!