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Differentiating between the wrong and right side.
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Date: 3/1/14 3:25 PM

I have a few yards of white polyester shantung from Jo-Ann fabric which was very affordable compared to the real silk. The question is, which is the wrong and right side of the fabric? One side is dull with a slight sheen and the other is very shiny. Which side is the right side (to be shown on the outside)?

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Date: 3/1/14 3:32 PM

The "right" side is the side you like the best. My guess is that the intended "right" side is the shiny side, but honestly, you can use either side you want. You paid for both of them.

You don't even have to be consistent, unless you want to. You can use one side as contrast in some features of your garment. Have fun! You aren't just a seamstress, you are a designer.

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Date: 3/1/14 3:43 PM

In addition to comparing one side to the other, also hang it up and look, then turn and look again at how it may shade.

Mark the side and direction of the nap that you like best with painter's blue tape...it leaves no residue....so the cutting and construction will be consistent..

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Date: 3/1/14 6:03 PM

I have faux shantung draperies and the satin shiny side is the inside (the side that faces the window, however, mine are lined, so the shiny side isn't visible). I wouldn't want the shiny side facing the room, I don't think. The right side of my draperies have a few slubs here and there. Fabric.com has several colors, and the fabric that looks most like mine is the khaki colored (my draperies are a light cream color). They're really old, too. Most of all, I like the washability of faux (polyester) shantung. I don't like dry cleaning chemicals in the air. I also think laundered draperies get much cleaner than dry cleaned ones.

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Date: 3/1/14 7:11 PM

Typically shantung is a dull faced fabric. The shinier side tends to be the under side or maybe the "wrong" side. Another so-called test, which side has the most pronounced slubs is considered to be the right side.

That being said, we all know that the "right" side of any fabric is whatever we, the sewer, say it is.

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Date: 3/1/14 7:26 PM

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Typically shantung is a dull faced fabric. The shinier side tends to be the under side or maybe the "wrong" side.

I didn't know this, so I have learned something about shantung.

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Date: 3/2/14 12:29 PM

I have some of this fabric in their "Calla Green" color, and it's displayed with the slubby/duller side out on the bolt. I also think the slubby side looks slightly more high quality than the shiny side. All that said, when I used mine to line this 16th Century German hat, I accidentally sewed it shiny-side out. I had already screwed up the piece once (cut a hole for my head where there shouldn't be one) and was running low on fabric, so I just left it. The shiny side catches the light nicely and makes a bright contrast against the dark velvet.

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Date: 3/3/14 0:31 AM

Back in the olden days, feeling the selvage edge was the way to determine which side was the "right" side. The smoother side was the "right" side.

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Date: 3/3/14 11:22 AM

This just doesn't work anymore. Someone explained it here someplace, but if I remember correctly, it has something to do with how many times fabric may or may not go through the machines because of weave or printing or something. I'm probably getting it wrong, but many of us checked our fabric yardage and there was no consistency between smooth selvage and "right" side.

I personally learned that the bumpy side of the selvage was the "right" side back in the olden days, but everybody's experience was different. :)

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Date: 3/3/14 3:43 PM

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you can use either side you want. You paid for both of them.

Frame you crack me up!!!


As to the bumpy/smooth selvedge I've heard the smooth side being the right side but I've never really kept track.

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