A beautiful satin fabric that’s often called pashmina or silk, but is also referred to as sateen in some regions of the world. It’s one of the most popular fabrics used in making men’s shirting and is also often used in creating lightweight, summery shirting. Some people may call it the ‘nicest’ fabric you can purchase, because it has the unique ability to add just the right amount of thickness without being too thick or too thin. It’s also fairly versatile in what you can use it for, being able to be used for different purposes such as slipcovers, bedding and lingerie. Some of the fabrics have been used to make country and western bedding for decades and is now a sought after fabric. This fabric is very thick and while this may make it slightly difficult to work with, it’s not impossible. Here are some tips for putting up a fabric used for sewing.
To begin with, set the width of the fabric in a wide seam at the corners, from left to right, this is a good time to look at where you want the border to end up. Next, sew a piece of satin along the top of the fabric, ending in the first corner at the point where the border will start to curve towards the corner. Next, cut out the edge on the opposite side, about 1 inch longer than the first cut out so that the new piece of satin will extend over the curved edge. Next, lay the cut piece of satin along the right side of the fabric and fold the fabric upwards, forming a square with the center line of the folded edge and the edge of the fabric. Pin the piece of satin in place, close to the edge of the folded edge. Using pins, secure the folded edges of the satin together and trim the excess satin away from the fold. Finish by pinning the square piece of fabric to the original edge of the square and pinning the corners together.
Then we will use it in place of either a lining or backing, but do so with care, if you are using the fabric for a garment it’s important to use the two layers for aesthetic purposes and to prevent wrinkles and cording in the final product. It works great for creating a lighter satin, but there are many variations of the fabric that can be used for various purposes. A great place to use this fabric is for making slipcovers for sleeping bags, such as an old sleeping bag you have lying around. You can get a cheap napkin type fabric at any dollar store and use the fabric for your replacement backing. Another place to use this fabric is when making slipcovers for children’s dresses and outfits. The nice thing about these types of fabrics is that they are usually quite inexpensive, making them a great fabric to be used as a ‘no cost’ alternative.
—water less than 30 degrees celsius—
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