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Sateen, madras
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Date: 5/18/12 7:54 PM

I wanted to make this coach bag for my mother in law and saw the description as:
Signature sateen fabric with metallic outline and fabric trim

So I looked up some fabric on ebay and saw that one was sateen polyester. Is this the same thing as sateen or is it pure sateen?
I also saw another bag
that said it was made from madras fabric but when I looked up the fabric, I saw that it was kind of thin and this bag looked like it had some kind of coating.
What i'm asking is how to find the material to make a similar bag? It looks like a mixture but i'm not sure if there are fabric mixtures of sateen or madras or are they all the same
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Date: 5/18/12 8:41 PM

Sateen, Wikipedia

Sateen refers to a type of weave and fiber content. It is not be be confused with satin.

From Wikipedia:
"Sateen produces the sheen and softer feel through the use of a different structure in the weaving process. The sateen structure is four over, one under, placing the most threads on the surface, making it extremely soft, though slightly less durable than other weaves. Standard non-sateen weaves use a one-over, one-under structure."

I remember folks on the Gardenweb Laundry forum complaining about sateen sheets that pilled. Sateen is soft and shiny, but longer lengths of thread are exposed on the surface, so it wears differently. There's a lot of rubbing that happens to sheets when you sleep on them and launder them. Perhaps not so much with a handbag.

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Date: 5/18/12 10:17 PM

As posted already, sateen is a type of weave, which can be done with a variety of fibers...cotton, poly, etc.

Madras, the other fabric you mention, is a colorful plaid. Think bermuda shorts. Madras, also, does not refer to a fiber but a particular pattern.

Also, any weave can come in a variety of can find heavyweight sateen fabrics, and lightweight. Same with twill. Twill can be anything from a silk twill shirting to the heaviest denim.

If you are trying to recreate a bag, you will want to find fabrics that are fairly sturdy....heavier weight.

Keep in mind also that when the description you posted refers to "signature sateen" that is a fabric that that company has produced specifically for them, to their specifications. It is unlikely you will find an equivalent in a fabric store.
-- Edited on 5/18/12 10:18 PM --


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Date: 5/18/12 11:29 PM

Hi - You could probably find a great tote fabric in the home dec section. I made totes for all my girls a couple years ago and used beautiful home dec fabrics for them.

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