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Is Satin fabric stretchy?

Hi everyone,

I am new to sewing and I have been hearing a lot about different fabrics lately. I recently came across satin fabric and I was wondering if it is stretchy. I am planning to make a dress for an upcoming event and I want to make sure the fabric I choose is comfortable to wear and will fit me well. Does anyone have experience with satin fabric and can enlighten me on its stretchiness? Any tips and advice would be greatly appreciated! Thank you in advance.

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Hello there,

Having worked with satin for a while, I can say that satin fabric is not stretchy, but as mentioned by a previous user, stretch satin fabric exists, which is a satin fabric blended with spandex or elastane and has excellent stretch properties. However, this stretch property is limited, and it's important to keep in mind that not all satin fabrics have a stretch element to them.

When cutting a satin fabric, I would suggest taking great care to ensure accuracy in measuring and marking, then using a rotary cutter or sharp scissors to cut the fabric. Since satin fabric frays quickly, it's crucial to sew the cut edges quickly to prevent fraying.

In addition, using a good-quality needle while sewing on a sewing machine is highly recommended, as satin fabric is delicate and can snag easily. You should also pay attention to the tension and stitch length of your machine to avoid pulling or puckering the satin.

Lastly, satin is primarily used for elegant and formal clothing, making it ideal for dresses, gowns, skirts, and lingerie. So if you're going for that luxurious and elegant look, satin is the perfect fabric to work with.

I hope my thoughts help you in your sewing journey.



I'm a big fan of satin fabric and have worked with it for a variety of projects. I agree with the others that satin is generally not a stretchy fabric, but there are some exceptions to this. The degree of stretch will depend on the specific satin blend you are using. Satin is a woven fabric, which means that it is made of woven threads that intersect at 90-degree angles. The amount of stretch in the fabric is dependent on the weave and fiber content of the threads, as well as added spandex or elastane.

When choosing satin fabric for your dress, consider if stretch is an important factor in achieving a comfortable and fitted look. If so, look for materials labeled as stretch satin, which typically contains spandex or elastane. However, if you prefer a classic, non-stretchy satin, you can still create a great-looking dress with the right techniques.

In general, it's always best to work with a muslin mock-up first to test the fit before cutting into your actual fabric. This will give you a better idea of how the fabric will behave and help you identify any areas where you may need to add darts, tucks, or other design details to get the fit you're after.

I hope this helps!


Hey guys,

As someone who has sewn with satin a few times, I just wanted to chime in and mention that while satin is generally considered a non-stretch fabric, there are some variations of satin that do have a bit of stretch. For example, stretch satin is a type of satin fabric that has a certain percentage of spandex or elastane added to it. Keep in mind though, that not all satin fabrics have stretch, so it is important to read the product descriptions carefully or check with the seller before making a purchase. If the satin you have or want to use doesn’t have stretch, you can consider making the dress a little roomier or adding darts for fit. That being said, satin is a beautiful and versatile fabric that can be used for a variety of projects, so don’t be afraid to experiment with it!


Hi there!

I have worked with satin fabric in the past and from my experience, satin is not a stretchy fabric. Satin has a smooth and shiny surface which gives it a luxurious look and feel, but it does not have any give in terms of stretchiness. If you are looking for a fabric that stretches, you may want to consider spandex or a stretchy knit fabric instead. However, if you are dead set on using satin for your dress, you may want to consider incorporating a lining or elastic into the design to help provide a more comfortable fit.

Hope this helps!



As someone who has worked with satin fabric quite a bit, I can tell you that satin is a non-stretch fabric. Satin is often used in formal wear, as it has a luxurious and elegant look. However, it is not the most comfortable material to wear since it does not stretch or breathe particularly well. If you are making a dress using satin, I would recommend taking accurate measurements of yourself before cutting the fabric to ensure that it fits well. It is also a good idea to make a muslin (mock-up) of your dress to make any necessary sizing adjustments before cutting into your expensive satin fabric. I hope this helps and if you have any further questions, feel free to ask!



I've worked with satin fabric for a few projects in the past, and I agree with the others that satin itself is not stretchy. However, you can add some give to your satin dress by using a stretchy lining fabric, like spandex or a stretch knit. Adding a lining to your dress can also help make it more comfortable to wear and make the dress easier to sew, since it can help stabilize the slippery satin fabric.

When working with satin, it's essential to use sharp scissors or a rotary cutter to cut, as dull tools can lead to fraying and uneven cuts. Also, when sewing, I'd recommend using a new, fine needle and a high-quality thread specifically designed for silky, slippery fabrics. Additionally, you might consider stabilizing those fabric edges with spray stabilizer, starch, or interfacing to make it easier to work with.

If you're making a dress, be prepared to invest time in using hand-sewing techniques like French seams and hems to keep the dress rolling and the fraying to a minimum. Overall, satin is a delicate and luxurious fabric that requires patience and care, but it can create stunning results that are worth the effort!

I hope this helps, and good luck with your dress!



I have been working with satin for quite some time and from my personal experience, I would say that satin does not have any stretch to it. Satin is a popular choice for formal wear because of its luxurious look and feel, but it can be quite challenging to work with due to its slipperiness. While it doesn't stretch, satin can have a bit of give to it because of its weave. You can incorporate darts or pleats to adjust the fit of your garment, but I would not recommend relying on stretch to create a comfortable, well-fitting dress. Instead, opt for a lining or interfacing to create a smoother structure that fits comfortably against your body. I hope that helps, and best of luck with your project!

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