Different Types of Satin

Different Types of Satin

Different Types of Satin 

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

Different Types of Satin: Antique

antique satin

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 satin

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   

crepe back satin

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

silk satin

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.

stretch satin

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.

Different Types of Cotton

Different Types of Cotton

Different Types of Cotton

Previously we talked about the Care and uses of Cotton in this post we will go in depth about the different types of cotton listed in that post, their care and common uses associated with them.  To start this fabric is made from a shrub native to tropical and subtropical regions around the world, including The Americas, Africa, and India. Listed below are just a few variations of cotton.

different types of cotton

 Different Types of Cotton-Gingham

gingham fabricA lightweight, washable, sometimes sheer stout lightly woven fabric, that is woven in checks, plaids or stripes. Along with muslin, gingham is often used while designing fashions and very often is used to make children’s clothing.

 Types of Cotton-Gauze

A sheer, lightly woven fabric similar to cheesecloth. Gauze FabricIt is also made in silk. Cotton gauze by the yard is popular for garments such as loose peasant tops and full skirts and dresses because it is comfortable. This fabric has also become popular with designers and new mothers because it is so comfortable.                                              

Types of Cotton-Percale

percale fabricA lightweight, closely woven, sturdy fabric that can be found printed in dark and light colors. Percale was originally imported from India in the 17th and 18th centuries, then manufactured in France.

 Types of Cotton-Flannel

flannel fabric A plain or twill weave with a slight nap on one or both sides. May be used in all different types of  traditional clothing such as trousers. Flannel may be brushed to create extra softness or remain in it’s original state. It is also known to have a shaggy look. Flannel is most often used for night apparel and for children’s clothing because it is so soft.

Types of Cotton-Seersucker

Cottonlightweight cotton fabric crinkled into a lengthwise stripe.When seersucker was first introduced in the United States, it was used for a broad array of clothing items because it is comfortable, light weight and easily washed.

Different Types of Cotton-History of Cotton 

Although it is unclear where cotton originates from, the largest producers are China and India with annual production anywhere from 27-34 billion bales a year. Most people don’t notice, but cotton is used to create many of the vital necessities of the world such as bed sheets, towels, robes, jeans and even the shirts on our backs. Regardless of the type of cotton itself, it is used in our everyday lives for many different purposes. In addition to the textile industry, cotton is used in fishing nests, coffee filters, tents and for bookbinding.

Check back soon for updates on fashion fabrics. We hoped that you enjoyed reading about the Different Types of Cotton.



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