Black satin sheets, a white satin gown, his paisley satin tie, pink feathered satin slippers….what do all of these have in common? Satin. And J&O has it.
Satin has been a staple in wedding gowns for centuries. Satin supposedly originated in China and became popular in Europe in the 12th century. It saw its rise in Italy in the 13th century, and in England in the 14th century. During the Renaissance, satin was used for lining the clothing and shoes of the nobility. Today, satin can be found amongst the rich and the not-so-rich, in many different countries, under many different names.
Because of its construction and fiber content, satin is one of the most luxurious fabrics manufactured. Satin is most often made from low twist, filament yarns. It is usually constructed by floating the warp or lengthwise yarns over four filling or horizontal yarns. The long floats give the fabric luster. Silk is the premiere choice of fiber content for bridal satin fabrics. However, silk satins are more expensive than satins containing acetate or polyester. Satin can be found in apparel, lingerie, draperies, and upholstery fabrics.
USES FOR YOUR SATINS
The main type of satin we carry here at J&O is Bridal Satin. This satin can be used to make - you guessed it - wedding gowns and bridesmaid dresses. But wait, you can also use satin to make evening wear, dresses and suits as well.
Our satins are available in a selection of fibers including Rayon and Acetate. Silk satins are very elegant but require dry-cleaning when laundered. And since polyester simply refuses to go away, satin made from polyester fibers has now become very popular. This popularity can be explained because manufacturers are making them to look and feel like acetate, rayon or silk satins. Polyester satin is also convenient because it is washable.
Crepe Back Satin is an elegant designer satin fabric. This dress fabric is not only beautiful but versatile, as the satin can be used on both sides: one side is a luxurious satin and the other side is an elegant crepe. This is a great fabric to use when you need 2 different fabrics the same color with different texture.
The free-flowing charm, elegance and grace of our Princess Satin makes it an outstanding fashion fabric for use in virtually any dress project. Princess Satin has a soft hand, and is flattering to the figure.
L’Amore Satin fabric is a beautiful fabric that offers an elegant softness and drape to any garment. This satin is machine washable and is suitable for decorative, bridal and everyday use.
Our Mystique Satin is another elegant and sophisticated dress fabric of timeless style. This designer Mystique Satin is not only very beautiful, but highly practical. It can be used to make formal wear, handbags, table covers, bridesmaid dresses and so on. Mystic Satin is 100% polyester and has a matte finish with minimal sheen.
If you would like a satin fabric that you do not see on our website, please feel free to ask, as we have access to satins in a variety of durability, fibers, weights and widths.
CARING FOR YOUR SATINS
Hand washing is recommended for most types of satin. The exceptions to this are nylon and polyester satin. These satins can be washed on a cool or warm temperature setting in the gentle cycle.
Use a detergent that is made for delicates only.
If you have extremely delicate satin you should have it dry cleaned to prevent damage to the material and to help prevent color fade.
Never use bleach on satin.
Do not twist or wring out satin. Instead, lay it on a thick, dry towel and roll the towel around the satin to remove excess moisture.
Air dry indoors instead of in a clothing dryer for better results.
Use a stain removal that is safe for satins. Do not purchase a stain remover that contains any form of bleach. When a stain occurs, quickly treat the stain as directed on the label. To treat blood stains, you should immediately immerse the stain in cold water and allow your satin fabric to soak. If this does not completely remove the stain, you can then apply a stain remover. If your stain is very delicate, opt for dry cleaning. Never let any stain sit on the fabric. Treat them immediately or they may become permanent.
STORAGE OF YOUR SATIN FABRICS
Before storing your satin fabrics for an extended period of time, it is important to have them properly laundered to prevent dust, soil and stains from attracting critters. Furthermore, avoid storing your satin fabrics in attics or basements; these places tend to be vulnerable to mold, mildew , insects and other threats. The best location in your home for satin fabric storage is a cool, dry room. If using a closet, make sure there is sufficient air circulation to prevent mold growth. Always store your fabrics out of direct sunlight.
Your satin fabrics can be stored in bags of linen, cotton or muslin. Do not use plastic bags, cedar chests or cardboard boxes for storage. Fumes from polyurethane foam, cedar closets and acids in unvarnished wood and cardboard can damage your dress fabrics. Acid free tissue paper can also be employed. If possible, store your satin fabrics rolled rather than folded to prevent difficult to remove creases from forming. If folding the fabrics is your only option, try to remove the fabric and refold it regularly to prevent permanent creasing.
* The above information is intended to aid our customers in their fabric projects. These suggestions are based on manufacturer's recommendations and customer insights. The above statements are not intended to be understood as unequivocal or applicable to every circumstance. Therefore, J&O Fabrics is not responsible for the results of the implementation of these cleaning methods.