European Satin Bridesmaid Dresses
European satin bridesmaid dresses are regal and elegant to look at due to the smoothness, softness and shine of the fabric. The substantial weight of the fabric and its beautiful, glossy surface is best used for evening and formal weddings. No bridesmaid could resist the beauty of this fabric which is most commonly weaved in silk, nylon or polyester.
The dense weight and smooth and slippery texture of the European satin is ideal for a ruche or drape design. It is the chosen fabric for royal garments and has long been considered a rich fabric since the 12th century. Today, European satin continues its long tradition of being a staple in weddings gowns and bridesmaid dresses. [Continue reading..]
A typical satin fabric has a glossy surface and a dull or matte back. The luster of satin fabric depends on the number of weft yarns that float or interfaced over the warp yarns. The even sheen of a satin dress means that the reflected light on the fabric is not scattered.
The Origin of Satin
It was during the Middle Ages that satin made of silk was used. However, only those in the upper class of the society used this fabric because it was very expensive. The satin name came from Quanzhou, a port city in China. It was in the 12th century that satin grew in popularity across Europe.
Satin is produced by using materials such polyester, wool or silk. Duchesse is a combination of silk and rayon while sateen is a fabric made with cotton weave.
Satin Bridesmaid Dress Types
There are many variations of this smooth and silky fabric. The charmeuse is a popular choice of fabric for bridesmaid dresses. It is made of polyester, silk or rayon and machine washed. The characteristics of charmeuse are a dull back but a shiny surface.
The antique satin has a textured feel and an iridescent look due to the use of different yarn thicknesses and colors when weaving rayon and acetate. Compared with wedding satin which has a visible shiny weave, an antique satin’s surface has small textures.
A crepe back satin has silk on one side and crepe on the other side which makes for a fabric having either a dull or shiny appearance. This reversible fabric is ideal for specialty clothing such as party dresses, wedding dresses, bridesmaid dresses and even for lingerie.
Silk is the most luxurious of all the satin types. It is lightweight, shimmery and breathable which make it ideal for use as sleepwear. As a bridesmaid dress, silk drapes perfectly on any body type.
Alternatively, the stretched satin is similar to an ordinary satin except that there is an additional five percent spandex on the fabric. It has the same uses with the ordinary satin but takes on a form fitting look to the apparel.
Satin Dress Care
Proper care for satin dresses is important to ensure that the fabric will retain its versatility and shine for a long time. It is advisable to remove the stain from the fabric prior to washing it. Satin dresses that are made of acetate and silk should be dry cleaned while those that are made of other fibers can be hand washed in a cool or warm water using a detergent for delicate clothing.
Air drying the satin dress is recommended but it should be kept away from direct sunlight as well as heat from an iron. Lastly, a satin bridesmaid dress should be stored in a cool place so as to maintain the quality of the fabric.