Crepe Back Satin – The right side of this fabric is the satin weave which gives this ever-popular, lustrous, drapable silk its name. Satin dates to the Middle Ages where it originated in Zaytoun (Zaitin, Canton), China. When satin arrived in Europe in the twelfth – thirteenth centuries the spelling was aceytuin and in Italy, zetain. From the original Chinese spelling the term was contracted to zetin, finally to satin. By the fourteenth century, satin was the court favorite in England. Satin comes in many weights and styles, each nuance assigned its own name satin de chine, de Lyons, Duchesse, Turc, Serrano, panne, messaline, Merveilleux, Empresse, deBurges, crepe, Gree, alcyonne, deChypre and canton are but a few. The back of this fabric is the characteristic pebble type crepe created by the twisted yarns.
When using both sides of this fabric the creations are even more interesting. The top or blouse could be the satin side, the skirt or the bottom of the dress could be the crepe side. Imaginative combinations are limitless.
Choose draping styles, bias cuts or semi-tailored styles for the versatile crepe back satin. Uses include evening gowns, day dresses, blouses, wedding gowns, wedding suits Christening gowns, Christening suits, choir robes, scarves.
When cutting the pattern out of crepe back satin, use the “with nap” to insure color match. Medium to small size sharp sewing machine needles are suggested. This is one silk that is easy to work with. Interface with silk organza and avoid iron on interfacing.
Dry clean only unless all fabrics and interfacings have been prewashed.
Our crepe back satin comes in over 60 colors, is 44/45” wide and weighs 40 momme or 5.29 ounces per linear yard.