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Sewing with Cotton Sateen Inspiration

Today on the blog we are featuring our Cotton Sateen fabrics. We will be sharing the many benefits and properties of this fabric, and giving you some inspiration for what you can make. 


Sateen and Satin fabric often get mixed up as they both have a very smooth surface. The most visible aspect of a Satin weave is its high sheen and the way it reflects light, see our range of Elegance Viscose Satin fabrics if you are looking for such properties. A Sateen fabric, in contrast, has a dull sheen and does not shimmer. The difference in appearance is due to the construction of the weave. A Sateen weave has a predominance of weft threads on the surface of the fabric, while a satin weave is the opposite. 

A Cotton Sateen has all the properties you would expect of a cotton, with a lot of added benefits. It has an added softness and shine, and is sometimes compared to the handle of silk. It has a dense and pliable touch and lends itself well to garments that require a bit of structure. It is a durable fabric that will hold up well in the wash, and colours or prints are unlikely to fade. 

What can you make?...

The possibilities with a Cotton Sateen fabric are quite extensive. The durability of colour and prints mean the fabric usually comes in an explosion of bright colours and prints. If you read our round up of the Spring Trends for 2021 then you will know one of the biggest trends this season is ‘Joyful dressing’.  So while this fabric would be perfect for some pyjamas, the selection of Cotton Sateen fabrics at Lamazi are perfect for making a bold, joyful statement. 


(Inspiration images from Pinterest)

Cotton Sateen will be perfect for making a Statement jumpsuit. The new Papercut Patterns Miri Jumpsuit would look amazing in the Nani Iro Melodie Croquis Dark Navy Cotton Sateen.

Another option (and one that will double up as secret pyjamas) is the Friday Pattern Company Avenir Jumpsuit in the Cloud 9 Fabrics- Meadow From Wildflower Organic Cotton Sateen.

The cotton used in cotton sateen fabrics is usually of a higher quality than most and therefore has many eco credentials, so it is also perfect for kids wear. The Ikatee Couture Brooklyn jumpsuit would be adorable in the Cloud 9 Fabrics- Frolic From Wildflower Organic Cotton Sateen. If we made this, we would definitely add all the ruffles. 


One of the easiest options for this fabric is making a dress. But we personally wouldn’t make just any dress. We love big statement sleeves and with this fabric it will hold all the volume and create the biggest ruffles. 

(Inspiration images from Pinterest)

The ‘Jane Dress’ from issue 11 of Fibre Mood has simple lines and lots of volume to let some of the bold prints from Nerida Hansen fabrics take centre stage. We would lengthen the sleeves and add a smidge more volume to this pattern with the FlorBlanca Green on Cotton Sateen. 

(Inspiration image from Pinterest)

If you are a fan of the giant red and pink gingham print (Gingham Red Pink Big Small on Cotton Sateen), the Closet Core Cielo dress with an added tier for extra volume would make a real statement. 

(Inspiration image from Pinterest)

The second gingham print from Nerida Hansen is perfect for recreating this Mara Hoffman dress. Team the Gingham Dark Summer on Cotton Sateen with your favourite wrap dress or try the Deer & Doe Magnolia for a similar look. 

(Inspiration image is Mara Hoffman from Pinterest)

If you are a lover of pink and green, the Katie Kortman Green and Peach Dash on Cotton Sateen print would look fabulous as the new Papercut Patterns Aura Dress. 

(Inspiration image from Pinterest)

Statement Jacket

Statement jackets are always a great option with a bold printed fabric. They can dress up a simple t-shirt and jeans, or layer over a basic dress to create a stand out look. The Nerida Hansen- Greta Laundy Canvas on Cotton Sateen has so many beautiful colours to pair it with. The blues will look especially good with jeans or you could make a simple dress in mint or coral. The Papercut Patterns Juno Jacket will make the perfect summer throw on with this fabric. Matching trousers are optional (but we would definitely recommend it)!

(Inspiration image from Pinterest)


This one might not be so obvious, but a classic menswear shirt in one of these prints would really stand out. You can stick with something a little more subtle like the Nani Iro Cotton Sateens or go for a statement summer shirt in a bold print. The Thread Theory Fairfield Button Up would look great in the Cloud 9 Fabrics Wildflower Organic Sateen, Emerald Cotton Triangles or Sweet Rose From Wildflower Organics Cotton Sateen.

(Inspiration images from Zara and H&M)

Luxury Pyjamas

If you do choose to make pyjamas in any of these fabrics don't just save them for inside the house. With a pair of trainers and blazer this will make the perfect outfit for transitioning out of lockdown! Team the Closet Core Carolyn Pyjamas with Nerida Hansen’s Multistripe Periwinkle on Cotton Sateen.  Or if you need that extra bit of comfort throw on a teddy bear coat and feel extra cosy!

(Inspiration image from Pinterest)

Which trend is your favourite? Will you be trying any of these looks? 

Happy sewing,

Sharlene xx

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