Satin is a luxuriously shiny fabric that is woven with the weft floating over the warp creating a shine on one side of the fabric, the weave construction allows the fabric to drape and hold a good shape at the same time.
Originally produced in a shipping port in China where it has been present for many centuries it was only until the 12th century when satin was imported in to Europe through the Silk Road where it was used and loved by the rich.
Satin was initially produced using silk and made into luxurious dresses and garments, as it was expensive only the rich were able to afford it. However as time has progressed and textile industries developed other yarns and fabrics, Satin was then produced with nylon and polyester, creating a cheaper price point.
Organza is a very thin lightweight plain weave meaning it is made with one of the most basic weaving techniques but it is durable as the weft and warp creates a criss-cross pattern, which then strengthens the weave. The material can be made from different yarns however the first type of organza was made from silk yarn many centuries ago in rural China and along the Silk Road.
Dressmaking fabrics come in a vast variety of different forms and have an extensive amount of uses. As a category dress making is very wide so you are sure to find a variety of high quality fabrics that are suitable for whatever project or design you are realising. We provide a range of classic and simple dress fabrics as well as more elaborate and extravagant fabrics that are perfect for elegant occasion wear. Additionally we stock a wide range of printed fabrics with multiple uses along with fabrics for work clothes and protective wear. The diverse array of prints, colours and density we offer in this category will enable you to find many possible choices to suit your needs and will give you freedom to create your projects in extremely high quality.
Raw silk is a natural fibre made from a cocoon of different insects, process to produce silk yarns is intense, therefore making this one of the most expensive fabrics on the market and it has been produced for centuries in ancient China. Silk has anciently been associated with the rich due to its luxurious look and feel.
Synthetic silk has been invented as a cheaper option to silk with added benefits such as strength durability and shine. This is often called ‘artificial silk’ usually the synthetic silk is a mixture of Rayon and other fibres such as polyester woven to imitate silk to create satin. Bamboo is also combined with viscose to create something called bamboo silk.
Velvet is a very soft woven fabric. The term “velvety feel” does come from the tactile quality of Velvet itself, this is down to the unique way Velvet is produced by weaving two layers simultaneously and then cut apart to create this luscious fabric with short pile fibres that give the fabric texture and depth.
As spring draws to a close and summer begins our range of fabrics is updated. Our selection of summer fabrics are great for many practical and decorative uses and come in a huge range of colours and styles. As well as an expanding our selection of colours for the season we’ve now expanded our range to some more lightweight and breathable fabrics perfect for use in warmer temperatures. With a wide collection of coatings and textures available our seasonal fabrics, the amount of possible uses for our summer range is boundless.