Strawberry Dream Satin
Hi, I am Sonia, otherwise known as S by S - a 26-year old, pink-obsessed sewist, whose ambition since the UK-wide lockdown has been to design and create her own wardrobe.
This is a review of Molly Archer Designs’ strawberry dream satin. I am writing this blog to provide you some tried-and-tested real-life information on this fabric, so you can make an informed choice when purchasing.
The fabric itself can be found here: https://mollyarcherdesigns.com/collections/satin/products/strawberry-dreams-satin
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For me, the best part about this fabric is the colour. The satin is that perfect regal shade of rose-gold, not too in your face, but more special than a nude fabric. The fabric is covered in strawberries, some facing one way up, some 180 degrees to this. Each strawberry is at least 3.5 inches away from each other and they are all 1”x1.5” big. The strawberries are red/fuchsia.
The other side of the fabric is a matte, slightly lighter version of the right side. I wouldn’t recommend using this side for the outside of your garment, but it makes the interior of your garment look pretty too!
If you were to pair this fabric with other colours, I recommend a black, red or navy. In this blog I have used black and navy denim jeans, but pairing with a red that matches the strawberries would work well too.
The best thread colour I could find to use with this fabric is Gutermann’s 659.
This fabric is a satin, and a nice luxurious one too. It is very light weight; think of the kind of fabric a silky robe would be made of. This property gives the fabric excellent drape, perfect for angel sleeves. However, it isn’t so light weight that you would need to use 2 layers – I haven’t used 2 layers for anything I have made with the fabric so far.
Note: there is no stretch to this satin.
This fabric is very opaque, and relatively thick for a satin. You will not have a problem with undergarments being able to be seen through. I have only used 1 layer in all the photographs in this blog. The inside of the fabric is almost the same colour as the outside, so it doesn’t look bad if the inside of the fabric can be seen (like in the angel sleeves when I lift my arms up).
The interior of the fabric isn’t as smooth as the outside, but it is still very comfortable to wear. If you do plan on lining this fabric, you need to use a fabric with the same drape as this satin otherwise it looks very odd – therefore, if you want to line this fabric, use a satin of a similar quality (or double up on this one!).
Ease of Sewing
I am by no means an expert sewist, so how easy a fabric is to sew is really important to me.
On a scale of chiffon (0) to cotton (10), I would give this fabric a score of 5 out of 10 for the ease of sewing. Satin is hard to sew, but as far as satins go this is the easiest I have used. The inside is not as smooth as the outside which really helps with the fabric feeding through the machine. Make sure you are using the correct needle – I used a 65/9 for this. You must be careful with sewing satin in general; because it is so smooth, it slips, so make sure you use lots of clips (NOT pins, pins will create holes in the fabric) to prevent this from happening as you sew. Satin needs a low stitch tension too: I used tension setting 3 on my machine. One good thing though is that this satin doesn’t stretch or lose shape easily, making it much easier to sew than other satins I have tried using. This fabric is also relatively thick for satin, which makes it much easier to handle than others.
One thing that you must bear in mind while sewing is that satin frays. This applies to all satin, not just this one. That means you must finish all edges. I don’t have an overlocker, so I have used a zig-zag stitch at the seams. I have finished the edges of the sleeves using bias binding tape. This binding tape is almost perfect in colour and is very good: https://www.bertiesbows.co.uk/bias-binding/byetsa-18mm-satin-bias-binding-21089
The best part of this fabric is its drape, so it is perfect for angel sleeves. I have used this fabric to make the following:
I would also recommend this fabric for making camis, tea dresses and lining jackets. I will certainly be using what I have left of this fabric for all of these things in the next few weeks!
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