Caring For Satin

Satin is a heavy, thick silk typically used for special occasions, particularly wedding gowns.  It has a soft, graceful drape that falls in wide cones.  Be sure to use scissors when cutting this fabric; do not attempt to rip it by hand, as it will pucker substantially.  Drycleaning is strongly recommended. 

What to expect with Satin:
  • fabric is somewhat slippery
  • easy to cut out
  • one-sided
  • difficult to tear
  • puckers if ripped by hand
  • won't unravel
  • won't hold a crease
  • durable and strong
  • long-wearing
  • wears evenly
  • attracts static
  • holds its shape
  • resists wrinkles
  • water drops leave spots or marks

Suggested care:
  • dryclean only
  • press dry fabric
  • dry iron
Sewing rating (easy to hard): moderately easy
Suggested clothing fit: semi-fitted, loose-fitting, or very loose-fitting
Suggested styles: pleats and tucks; lofty gathers; lined; puffed or bouffant

Silk’s Limitations:
Silk is regarded as nature's most perfect fiber, but even perfection has its limitations:
  • Soap and agitation - Silk's smooth surface does not attract dirt and is easily cleaned, but silk can be damaged by most laundry detergents - so always dry clean your silk.  Silk loses strength when wet, so do not wring or agitate.
  • Bleach - Silk is easily damaged by strong bleaches that contain sodium hypochlorite. 
  • Heat and light - Silk is sensitive to heat and begins to decompose at 330 degrees fahrenheit.  Use a warm (not hot) iron.
  • Mildew and moths - Silk will not mildew except in extreme conditions.  Moths don't care for it, but carpet beetles do.
  • Perspiration - Perspiration causes silk to deteriorate and affects the color, causing staining.  Any silk worn next to the skin should be cleaned frequently.