Silk Crepe Backed Satin Fabric by James Hare is sleek, chic and effortlessly stylish; simply stunning. This pure silk fabric combines with our Silk Chiffon to create beautiful medium and super-weight garments.
Lustrous and smooth on one side, with a soft crepe texture on the other; you can use either side of this amazing reversible fabric. Therefore, it can also be called Satin Crepe, Crepe Satin or Satin-backed Crepe. Another common name used for the material is Silk Charmeuse. Available in different weights, from light to super weight, and a plethora of colour options. Our favourite shade is Ivory and there are a few different weights.
Generally a light-weight fabric relatively speaking, woven with a satin weave where the warp threads cross over four or more of the weft (backing) threads. The float threads give the smooth, reflective side, whereas the reverse has a matte finish. The fabric is often carefully pre-shrunk, prior to you constructing your garment. This may allow for a very gentle hand-wash, as opposed to having to dry-clean your outfit. There remains different schools of thought on this and it would of course, be entirely your own personal choice and decision.
Pins can mark the fabric when cutting and sewing with it; use clips and/or sewing weights to aid the sewing process. The fluid drapes comes from being cut on the bias.