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Stretch Mikado Fabric

Contents: 97% POLY 3% SPAN

Weight-Gr/Sqm: 199.00

Width: 55/56"

Country of origin: KOREA

The Characteristics of Mikado Fabric

What is Mikado fabric? Mikado is a supple, elegant yet heavy winter fabric. It’s a twill weave that can go from evening and formal to businesswear. One of its popular uses is for autumn and winter bridal collections, including wedding gowns.

You might be wondering: Is Mikado a good fabric? Stretch Mikado fabric offers the perfect balance of softness, flexibility, and substance. It has more body and a more opulent feel than chiffon or satin.

Since it’s so luxurious with a diagonal grain that gives the fabric a graceful drape, silk and stretch Mikado fabric is perfect for structured dresses, including wedding dresses.

Is Mikado polyester or silk? Mikado fabric comes in both polyester and silk blends. Silk Mikado is particularly special, because it has the beauty of silk but with more substance, making it weightier and more durable, with more structure than 100% silk.

Is Mikado Better than Satin?

Silk or stretch Mikado is preferable to satin in some applications. Satin is light and flowy, while Mikado has the thickness and rigidity to support a precise, tailored construction with clean lines.

For example, in creating bridal collections, Mikado is better than satin for structured dresses and formal winter uses like wedding dresses.

It’s ultimately up to taste. Fabrics like crepe are more muted, while satin is flashier and eye-catching. Mikado’s luster is in between, with more sheen than crepe but fainter than satin for an understated yet sophisticated look.

How Do You Care for Mikado Fabric?

Mikado care and cleaning depends on the blend. Most polyester/spandex fabric like stretch Mikado fabric should be hand-washed to stay stretchy. If you need to press or iron stretch Mikado, use a medium heat setting on the iron. Use a pressing cloth or flat, white sheet between the iron plate and the Mikado fabric to protect it.

Silk Mikado needs extra care and should be dry-cleaned if necessary because silk can be very delicate. Mikado silk is more durable, but it can still get damaged. Therefore, avoid subjecting silk Mikado garments to sunlight, cosmetics, other alcohol products, and extremes in humidity or temperature. Do not clean silk Mikado with a strong detergent. If stains occur, carefully clean the fabric using the recommended methods:

  • Red wine: Sponge with club soda, dab with a mix of cool water and ammonia, then blot dry.
  • Sweat: Mix a tablespoon of vinegar into a half cup of water, blot with a cotton ball, and dry. Then, go back over the spot with a combination of baby shampoo and alcohol before blotting to rinse.
  • Blood: Using one part hydrogen peroxide in nine parts of water, blot with a warm water-dampened towel with a clean towel underneath to prevent the stain from spreading to other sections of fabric. Dry with a towel.
  • Makeup: Immediately combine three drops of baby shampoo in three tablespoons of alcohol. 

Can You Steam Mikado Fabric?

You can steam polyester blend or stretch Mikado using medium heat. Ensure the iron’s plate is clean and that there’s a protective white pressing cloth between the iron and the fabric.

When pressing, use a dry iron on the silk setting to iron Mikado silk. You can use steam since Mikado is heavier than 100% silk, but use caution.

If you’re inexperienced in steaming clothes or hesitant to steam a Mikado gown,

hang the garment in the bathroom while running steamy hot water.

This can be a gentler and potentially safer method to restore the fabric’s shape.

Mikado FAQs:

Is Mikado a nice fabric?

Mikado is heavy, with plenty of body and medium sheen. This makes Mikado lovely for fall and winter looks, especially business wear and formalwear like wedding gowns.

Is Mikado silk real silk?

Not all Mikado is made with silk, but silk Mikado is in fact a fabric blend containing real silk and can be found in 100% silk.

What color is Mikado fabric?

You can find silk and stretch Mikado in almost any color. We carry stretch Mikado fabric by the yard in 26 colors, including light, bright, and dark blues, green, blush, lilac, berry, violet, plum, wine, and a wide range of neutrals.

Can silk wedding dresses dye?

Let’s say you want to dye your Mikado silk wedding gown to repurpose it for other occasions. Depending on the blend, it may be possible to dye silk Mikado using acid, fiber-reactive, and natural dyes, but avoid box dye.

What is a Mikado skirt?

Stretch Mikado is a popular fabric for skirts when it comes to business and formalwear, especially for those who prefer skirt slits. Silk and stretch mikado fabric work in skirts with a slit, because the gentle drape gives the skirt slit a delicate flow without sacrificing the garment’s structure.

What is Mikado?

Mikado fabric is a type of woven material made from a blend of silk or polyester and usually has a heavier weight. It has a smooth surface and a subtle sheen, and is often used for formal clothing such as dresses and jackets. Mikado fabric holds its shape well and has a stiff drape, which gives structure to garments. It is available in a range of solid colors and may be printed with patterns.

Shipping + Returns

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Custom-cut fabric is final sale and cannot be returned or exchanged. If you are unsure of color or texture, we suggest ordering a swatch before placing your order. For more information about returns, please visit our FAQ page.

Care Instructions

Machine Wash, Cold; Gentle Detergent, Tumble Dry, Low Heat, No Bleach. Do not wring.