I am about to start on a dress using crepe back satin and can’t make up my mind whether to wash the fabric or not. I used crepe back satin a few weeks ago for my nanny’s wedding dress and pre washed it according to the care instructions but I have a lot of natural light in my craft/sewing area and as I was cutting it and working with it I could see these differences in color in the fabric…they were really large patches. I didn’t look at it that closely before I washed it so I am not sure if that is just how the fabric is…you can’t see the patches unless you are looking at it on an angle in very bright light. and the fabric I am using now is black and it is very dark and cloudy today so I can’t tell. I really need to get started because I have to have it for Thursday morning and I will be taking pics of it outside if the weather allows so I really don’t want to mess it up. but it is for a child so I know it will need to be washed in the future…sorry dry cleaning to me just doesn’t work! I would really apprieciate any input you could offer. Thanks!

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    Jan 22, 2011, 03.40 PMby mlssfshn

    Go to the fabic store and check the end of the bolt. Some fabrics use dyes which are tempature sensitive and washing at the wrong temp can be detrimental.

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    Jan 22, 2011, 05.09 PMby jenss-1

    Is it polyester, silk, or some other fiber? In any case, you should pre-wash or not according to how the garment will be cleaned later. Personally, I would not tend to pre-wash even a polyester satin because I would probably clean it by dry cleaning (unless it was pajamas or something like that).

    That said, black dyed fabrics can be tricky sometimes. If it looks patchy when you are done sewing you may just want to re-wash the whole garment—carefully but thoroughly. Detergents can sometimes leave residues.

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    Jan 22, 2011, 06.14 PMby wzrdreams

    If it is silk, I wouldn’t prewash because it does not hold onto dye over time. Chances are you would dry clean only a fine silk crepe back satin. If you are using it for a child’s garment that will be worn with frequency I would definitely avoid silk versions. Polyester should be colorfast though so I would be concerned about defects in the bolt. I agree with missfshn and you should go back to the store and check the bolt. Make sure to look at it in natural light.

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