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What kind of Satin fabric is best for making dresses?

Hey everyone,

I am thinking of making a dress for my sister's wedding and I am confused about which type of satin fabric would be best for it. I want the dress to be elegant and have a nice fall but I am not sure which satin fabric to use. I have heard that there are different types of satin fabric like bridal satin, crepe-back satin, charmeuse satin, and more.

Can you please suggest which type of satin fabric would be best for making a dress? Also, can you share some tips on working with satin fabric, like cutting, sewing, and pressing?

Thank you in advance for your valuable advice!

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Hello everyone,

As a person who has worked with different satin fabrics, I would like to suggest using exclusive designer satin that is known for its high quality, finish, and durability. Such satin fabrics have a unique texture and shine that add a regal touch to any dress.

When making a dress, it is essential to select the right color, pattern, and weight of the satin fabric. Matte satin fabrics are perfect for more casual events, while shimmery ones are best for formal functions.

One important factor to keep in mind while working with satin fabric is to ensure that the grain of the fabric is correct. To do this, locate the selvage edges (the finished edges on either side of the fabric) and ensure that they are laying along the grain of the fabric. Working with the grain will help with the fall and draping of the fabric.

When cutting and sewing the fabric, it is essential to use the appropriate scissors and needles. Avoid using dull scissors, which can cause the fabric to shift and pucker, and use a fresh, sharp needle to prevent snags and puckering.

Another important factor to consider while making a satin dress is to use high-quality lining. I recommend using silk or polyester lining fabric as it will provide structure and support while ensuring the dress falls smoothly and comfortably.

Overall, using exclusive designer satin and keeping these tips in mind while cutting, sewing, and hemming will enable you to create a stunning, high-quality dress.


Hi there,

As someone who has made a few dresses using satin fabric, I would like to share my thoughts on the matter.

In my experience, crepe-back satin and bridal satin are great choices, but I would like to add that duchess satin can also work well for dresses. Duchess satin has a heavier weight and a lovely sheen, making it an ideal choice for more formal dresses.

However, because of its weight, it can be more challenging to sew than lighter satin fabrics. To avoid slipping while sewing, you could use a walking foot or a double needle. Using a ballpoint needle is also recommended, as it will help avoid snagging or damaging the fabric.

When it comes to hemming your dress, I found that using a narrow hem works well on satin fabric. This technique involves folding the bottom edge of the dress up twice and then stitching close to the edge. Also, using fabric weights help while hemming the dress as it keeps the fabric from shifting.

Another important factor to consider when making satin dresses is to pre-wash your fabric. Sometimes, the fabric can shrink or bleed color when washed, so it's best to take precautions before starting.

In conclusion, satin is a beautiful fabric to work with and can give any dress a luxurious look. Take your time, use the right equipment, and work carefully, and you can create a dazzling satin dress that will make you feel like royalty.


Hi there,

I have made a few dresses using satin fabric in the past, and I found that crepe-back satin and bridal satin work best for making elegant dresses. They have a beautiful drape and are easy to handle when cutting and sewing.

Charmeuse satin, on the other hand, can be quite slippery and might require some extra care when cutting and sewing. It also tends to show every little mistake, so you might want to avoid it if you are a beginner.

When working with satin fabric, it's always a good idea to do a few test stitches on a scrap piece of fabric before you start sewing your actual dress. Satin tends to fray easily, so you might want to finish the edges with a zigzag stitch or a serger before you start sewing.

Another tip that I found useful is to press the seams with a pressing cloth or a piece of silk organza to avoid leaving any marks on the fabric. And finally, make sure you store the dress in a well-ventilated place, as satin fabric is prone to mildew if stored in a damp or humid environment.

Hope this helps!



I completely agree with User 1's recommendation of using crepe-back satin or bridal satin for making an elegant dress. These fabrics offer a luxurious feel and drapes beautifully. The decision ultimately depends on personal preference, the type of dress, and the occasion.

In my experience, I prefer using a crepe-back satin fabric for making formal dresses. The matte surface of the fabric gives it a more sophisticated look, and it does not reflect light as much as other satin fabrics. The weight of the fabric gives a delicate flow, and it is not too heavy to feel uncomfortable.

When cutting and sewing, you want to ensure to use sharp scissors and a sharp needle. Satin fabric can easily become damaged, leaving holes and snags. Furthermore, avoid cutting in an unravelling direction and opt for straight lines. While sewing, the best advice is to take your time and ensure the fabric is not stretched or pulled to avoid puckering.

In conclusion, when selecting your satin fabric, consider the color and the finish you want. A crepe-back satin or bridal satin will be a perfect option in whichever color you choose. Finally, with patience and care, you can produce an elegant and fabulous dress that will turn heads wherever you go.

Hi everyone,

I have made several dresses using satin fabric in the past, and I fully agree with the recommendation to use crepe-back satin or bridal satin for a dress with a beautiful fall and elegant drape.

However, I have also tried charmeuse satin, which, in my opinion, can be a great option if you want a dress that has a lustrous, glossy finish. The weight of charmeuse satin is light and creates a sensual feeling that is luxurious.

While working with charmeuse satin, it is vital to be gentle and patient. As previously mentioned, charmeuse satin is slippery and can easily snag or leave marks if not handled with care. Also, ensure you have a good quality thread to avoid an imperfect result. Sew slowly and use pins if necessary. If you have a serger, its stitch or a french seam will work well to manage finished edges.

Another tip when making your satin dress is to choose the right lining fabric. The lining is key to providing the necessary support and structure to your dress. I prefer using a lightweight silk or rayon fabric for lining my satin dresses.

In essence, whichever type of satin fabric you opt for, remember to take your time when cutting and sewing. With patience and a delicate touch, you can create a stunning, high-end satin dress that showcases your personal style.

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