Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Fabric of the week: Crepe-back satin

This Fabric of the week has the option of using either side as its face. When I find crepe-back satin used for a vintage garment, that item most often has dated from the 1920s or 1930s. It is a wonderfully substantial and fine fabric. 

Crepe-back satin 

Lustrous on one side and with a crepe texture on the other, this light to medium weight fabric is called crepe-back satin when its glossy side is its face, and satin-back crepe when the dull side is the face. It can be called crepe satin or satin crepe as well. Sometimes the contrasting sides of the fabric are both used on the outside of a garment. Characteristically silk, it can be made of rayon or manufactured fibers. 
Uses: Blouses, dresses, evening gowns, lining 
See also:

Crepe-back satin - Face and reverse shown, with selvage down the middle

©Vintage Fashion Guild - Text by Margaret Wilds/denisebrain,  photo by Hoyt Carter 
In my Etsy store I have a silk crepe-back satin dress dating from the 1920s. This dress doesn’t show the crepe side on the face anywhere, but I have run across dresses (one from the 1930s comes to mind first) that used both sides to great advantage.


J. MacIsaac Studios said...

I love your fabric posts. It is very interesting and helpful. I am always trying to identify fabrics of the dresses I buy. Thanks!

denisebrain said...

Thank you for letting me know!

If you need to find the name of a dress's fabric (and you haven’t seen it here yet), try giving the VFG Fabric Resource a whirl: Finding a “mystery” fabric was one of the main reasons I wrote the resource.

Unknown said...

So beautiful!

Laurie Brown said...

I used to have a vintage dress that was a peach crepe-back satin; the body of the dress was crepe side out and the cuffs and collar were satin side out. It made a wonderful but subtle contrast and added a lot of interest to the piece.

denisebrain said...

That sounds lovely Laurie...I really like the fabric used in such a way.