Recently we told you all about Satin its care and uses and how it is the fabric of royalty, well now let us introduce you to all the different types of satin. Prized for centuries this fabric has been thought of as the most luscious fabric in existence. Smooth and silky, in many places this fabric represents royalty. Below we explain some of the many variations of satin.
Different Types of Satin: Antique
Commonly woven from rayon and acetate using various colors and yarn thicknesses. This gives antique satin fabric a textured feel and iridescent appearance. This type of satin is mainly used as a decorative fabric primarily for draperies. Unlike wedding satin with the shiny weave visible, antique satin is made of small textures on the surface.
Types of Satin: Charmuse
Charmuse can often withstand machine washing, but it does not breath as well as silk satin. Charmeuse has traditionally been a popular fabric for women’s clothing. Today, it is commonly found in wedding dresses, bridesmaid dresses and flower girl dresses. Generally made of silk, rayon or polyester, this fabric has a shiny face and dull back.
Types of Satin: Crepe Back
One side of the fabric is silk while the other is crepe making the appearance of the fabric either shiny or dull. Can be used in specialty outfits such as wedding dresses, party dresses and sometimes even in lingerie. A reversible fabric which can either be used on the satin or crepe side.
Types of Satin: Silk
The most luxurious of all satin’s are silk. This fabric is light weight, very shimmery and is breathable making it ideal for sleep wear. Silk satin is the most traditional and most coveted satin today.
Types of Satin: Stretched Satin
Stretched Satin is the same as ordinary satin fabric expect with an additional 5% spandex added. This type of satin carries the same uses as regular satin although it incorporates a form fitting look to the garment. Can be used in the making of pants, sports apparel and dresses.
Different Types of Satin-Uses for Satin
Satin fabric is commonly used in many different aspects of every day life such as baseball jackets, athletic shorts, women’s lingerie, nightgowns, blouses and evening gowns. The fabric is also used in Men’s boxer shorts, briefs, shirts and neckties. A interesting use is in the production of pointy shoes for ballet. Other uses include interior furnishing, fabrics, upholstery and bed sheets.
Dating back to the Middle Ages where it originated in China, satin was made of silk; consequently it was very expensive, used only by the upper classes. Satin became famous in Europe during the twelfth century and has prospered since. Thank you for taking the time to learn more about the different types of satin.
Ever wonder what is the fabric of your special occasion dress? There is a great chance it might be Shantung. Most people probably have never heard of the fabric but it is used in many formal wear items due to its heavy weight and durable construction. The fabric is most often nubby in texture. It is sometimes mistaken for Dupioni but has a more matte finish, less nubby than Dupioni. Although the two are very similar, if you prefer a smoother fabric you should choose Shantung for your dresses versus Dupioni. There are many different commercially sold variations of this fabric and listed below are just a few. Follow our series on fabric types by reading Satin the Fabric of Royalty
Taffeta: This is a polyester material from which the natural gum is not removed after weaving. It has the crispness of a Taffeta that is no made from Shantung.
Nylon: Made with Nylon with a Nylon filament warp and a spun nylon yarn in the filling. This fabric has a peculiar type of stiffness.
Rayon: Made with a filament acetate yarn in the warp and spun rayon in the filling.
Changeable: The warp yarns are dyed one color, the filing yarns another. Sometimes the slub filing is dyed several colors. Creates a changeable color surfaces.
Figure Weaves: A design that may be woven fabric to produce a figure on a shantung background.
As mentioned before shantung be used in many formal pieces of attire such as Men’s suits and jackets, and any thing from Women’s formal Wedding Dresses to Girls Flower Girl Dresses. Another good use for Shantung is for draperies due to its visible sheen.
Properties and History
Shantung is named for the part of China from which it originates. Dupioni is named for the part of Italy that the fabric originated.. Both are traditionally made from silk, but cotton or any synthetic fibers such as polyester is now commonly used in production of the fabrics. We hope that you enjoyed this article about Shantung.
The Occasion fabric Organza is perfect for luxurious party dresses. Often it is used to make tablecloths, light curtains, and formal dresses. Traditionally this fabric was made of silk and was very expensive. Today, many modern organza’s are woven with synthetic filament fibers such as polyester or nylon. This new synthetic fabric is more common and much less expensive. This fabric is incredibly soft and flowing, unlike other sheer fabrics like tulle, it has less stiffness. Multiple organza layers in a garment will permit a gentle sway.
Crystal and Mirror Organza can be embellished into many different patterns and prints.
Caring for Organza
Easy to care for fabric that most often can simply be thrown in the washing machine and hung to dry. Use the washing machine’s cool or warm setting and take care not to include anything else that could catch onto the fabric. When ironing make sure to keep the iron at a low heat to avoid burning. Some Organza fabric will need dry cleaning.
Used as an underlying to protect the delicate fabrics that are used in bridal dresses as well as commonly used for constructing little girl’s dresses. The fabric can also be used for party decor, curtains, tablecloths, bags as well as many other applications.
The silk fiber is chiefly composed of 80% of fibrin, which is protein in nature and 20% of servicing, which is otherwise called as silk gum. Organza is produced in India and the United States as well as other countries. Often it is made from a mixture of nylon and polyester. Organza can be made very soft or a bit firmer. Organza is one of the materials that can be dyed often very quickly. This characteristic allows it to be used most often in prom and evening dresses to create an airy look.
The quality depends on the type of silk and how the silk fibers are woven together. The detail and fringe quality of the fabric make it more expensive than most fabrics. Although the highest quality is from France or Italy, fabric produced in India and the United States often uses a mixture of nylon and polyester to create usable organza that is both cost effective and smooth to the touch.
Organza Fabric in clothing
When it comes to attire, organza fabric is a staple of formal dresses as a way to create full skirts and a graceful fall. One of its main uses is in the construction of wedding dresses which help to make the big day all that more special. Between wedding attire and evening fashions, organza fabric has a secure future in the world of fashion. Now that you have read about Organza, to learn about cotton read All about Cotton-Care and use of a versatile fabric.
Treasure Box Kids attended a Fall Fabric Show in the heart of Miami last month to source some of the best and highest quality fabrics around.
Many great vendors were on hand at the show displaying a vast amount of wonderful fabrics. I was on hand to look for soft velvets and other fabrics for the Treasure Box Kids new line of kids clothing Made in the USA Inspiration for the Fall 2015 holiday styles start with Treasure Box Kids sourcing materials.
Fall Fabric Show
We were also looking for new sequined and embroidered Organza fabrics for our Birthday Dresses as well as soft crepe linings for our girl’s dresses. High-quality Organza, Crepes, and Satins are very important when we design a girls dress for our Made in the USA line. We want the softest and most durable fabrics for our girl’s line of dresses. I was also impressed with the great assortment of quality cottons at the fall fabric show which gave us great inspiration for summer dresses for 2015 as well as for the Fall of 2015. The vendors gave us quite an education and an assortment of information on the manufacturing process of some of their fabrics. We were pleased to choose vendors that offer a vast assortment of quality fabrics.
Fall Fabric Show
When sourcing Treasure Box Kids looks to make sure that the fabrics we use are sourced ethically and that the materials used are compliant with the current Apparel and Household Textiles Compliance Requirements. That way you know that your child is wearing a garment that meets Treasure Box Kids quality as well as the US Governments safety requirements. A quality garment starts with a quality fabric and trims as well as a good design and fit. Quality fabric ensures a great fit and a garment that will stand up to multiple laundries.
Count on Treasure Box Kids to attend next years Fall Fabric Show in Miami and New York to source the newest, highest quality fabrics.