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What is Satin?

Satin for Flower Girl Dresses

First and foremost, satin in a type of weave as opposed to a type of material or fiber. The satin weave is one of the three major textile weaves. This particular weave creates a fabric that is soft, shiny, and elastic that has a beautiful drape. On the back side of a satin weave the surface is duller, which is a characteristic of satin.

A satin weave can be described as "four or more fill or weft yarns floating over a warp yarn, four warp yarns floating over a single weft yarn. Floats are missed interfacings, for example where the warp yarn lies on top of the weft in a warp-faced satin. These floats explain the high luster and even sheen, as unlike in other weaves, the light reflecting is not scattered as much by the fibers" (Wikipedia: Satin)

What is Satin Used For?

Satin's main use is in women's apparel such as, nightgowns, lingerie, blouses, and evening gowns. In addition to this satin is also used in boxer shorts, neckties, shirts, and in home decor. 

What is Satin Made From?

Fibers such as silk, nylon, and polyester are most commonly used to product satin. Some purists will say that satin can only be made from silk. 

What's the difference between Satin and Sateen?

Some people will make the mistake of using sateen to describe satin not realizing there is a difference. The difference is in the fiber used and in the weave. The fiber used in sateen is cotton and sateen weaves are weft float facing whereas satin weaves are warp float facing. 

Advantages and Disadvantages of Satin

There are both advantages and disadvantages with satin. 

The advantages are

  • Smooth and lustrous surface
  • High drape
  • Versatile
  • Luxury feel and aesthetic

The disadvantages are:

  • Easily frays
  • Tricky to sew
  • Prone to snagging
  • high maintenance

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