We often used fancy fabrics whenever we want to create or sew holiday dresses or dresses for very special occasions. These fancy fabrics aren’t the always the easiest to sew with. But I’m pretty sure that it’s worth the struggle. The three commonly fancy fabrics are silk, satin, and taffeta. Taffeta and satin refer to the weave of the fabric, while silk is the specific type of fiber. You can actually have silk taffeta and silk satin.
Let’s talk about taffeta. This fabric is usually very crisp, tightly woven, and has a sheen on both sides. There are four types of taffeta fabric namely acetate taffeta, nylon taffeta, polyester taffeta, and lastly silk taffeta. The affordable and most commonly used types are the acetate, nylon, and the polyester taffeta. The good thing with nylon and polyester taffeta is that it is machine washable and durable. On the other hand, extra care is needed with acetate taffeta because it is prone to water staining and major shrinkage if it gets wet. You can use these taffetas in making fancy dresses, especially skirts for your little ones.
Satin is characterized by a fabric that is very shiny and sparkly on one side, and dull on the other side unless it is double faced. Satin silk is more expensive compare to the other types which are commonly used and available, the polyester and rayon blends. It can be very runny and drapey, depending on the thickness of the fibers. It is also usually machine washable and machine dry. You can use satin on making gowns for your teens and also fancy dresses for your young ones.
As I have mentioned, silk is a type of fiber. It comes from silkworms and it can be woven into taffeta, satin, and many other types of fabric. It is recommended to blend silk with cotton because it will result to a great mix-up. The sheen and gentleness of silk combined with the wash and easy sew properties of cotton. The common impression about silk is that it is very difficult to work with. But the truth is, it is easier to work with compared to polyester taffeta or polyester satin.