Silk chiffon, from the French word for cloth, is an elegant, sheer fabric with a soft, beautiful drape, slight stretch, and crepe-like texture. Cutting silk chiffon may also prove difficult. We recommend laying out silk chiffon on tissue paper and then pinning it to the paper. All layers are then cut as one. Silk chiffon wears well and is surprising durable despite its light weight. Chiffon can often be found in elegant evening dresses and formal wear, often as an overlay, and also works well in scarves, blouses and accessories. The fabric is susceptible to fraying as well, and should be hand washed or dry-cleaned.