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Subject: Crepe-backed Satin: Does crepe side have a nap? Date: 7/7/10 5:55 PM

Hi there,

I was all set to lay out pattern pieces for a project when I thought to ask:

Does the crepe side of crepe-backed satin have a nap?

The satin side doesn't really have a 'nap', I know, but you treat it as though it does because the shininess is different in different directions.

The crepe/matte side doesn't seem to have be directional, to my eye - but am I about to make a terrible mistake if I cut my skirt pieces in opposing directions?

(The project, in case this helps, is a 1930s-inspired evening gown for a costume. It's long and black, with a ruched bodice, waist insert, and 4-piece skirt. I want it to look like old-fashioned rayon crepe, which I didn't have time to find for this. The crepe side of this drapey black polyester - yuck, I know - satin that I had in the stash looks pretty good.)

Thanks so much!

-- Edited on 7/7/10 5:57 PM --

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Date: 7/7/10 7:24 PM

I don't belive it has a nap but when in doubt I follow the arrow directions for nap on the pattern when laying out the apern on fabric.

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Date: 7/7/10 7:42 PM

Aye - there's the rub... I don't think I have enough of this piece (it was just in the stash) to do a lay-out for napped fabric!

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Date: 7/7/10 8:20 PM

According to Claire Shaeffer's Fabric Sewing Guide, "use a nap layout; satin fabrics sometimes reflect the light differently whne cut without nap."

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Date: 7/7/10 8:27 PM

I completely agree with that for the satin shiny side, but does that apply to the matte/crepe side?

I can see the difference in shine on the satiny side of the fabric, but I don't see the same on the crepe side (however, just because I can't see it doesn't mean it's not there - I've been burned before in the early days).

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Date: 7/7/10 8:47 PM

I would cut it with a nap layout. I've seen directions for really full skirts where there's a triangle stitched in the bottom of the skirt on narrow fabrics. If you are limited on fabric copy all pieces and try to do a layout on a single piece, just make sure to have a right and left piece.

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