Brushed back satin is a wonderful winter sleepwear material. The fabric is satin smooth on the outside and brushed cotton on the inside. It allows you to easily turn over in bed and the fabric provides little or no resistance between the sheets as you sleep. It is also snuggly warm.
Very few sleepwear manufactures use brushed back satin as it is very hard to locate, certainly in Australia. I follow fashion forums in the UK, Europe and America and the same can be said for these countries. When introducing winter pyjamas to the Envy Nightwear range a few years ago, I wanted something to set our brand apart from the rest. It took a while but I hunted down overseas suppliers of brushed back satin and I know my customers are grateful I did.
Why you should Upgrade your Pyjamas…
Brushed back satin can be defined as a composite material. It is the combination of two materials that result in a superior, often stronger product. On the outside you have satin which is a rich thicker look with a light shine on one side. Satin is woven using four threads. Cotton is fused to the satin on the inside of the fabric. Cotton is ideal for sleeping because it’s a natural fibre that is lightweight, soft and comfortable. Furthermore, it allows the skin to breathe and is much less likely to cause skin irritation or rashes, particularly in loose fitting clothing. Cotton is also better for creating warmth.
Why is it called Brushed Back Satin?
Brushing is the finishing process used to raise the surface fibres of a fabric. It is the inside material, cotton, that is brushed. The cotton inside of the fabric undergoes a mechanical brushing process in which very fine, metal brushed carefully rub the fabric to produce fine fibres from the woven yarn, creating extra softness on the surface of the fabric that is incredibly comfortable against the skin, absent of any itchiness. This technique goes back many centuries. Originally, the brushing was done using dry, spikey head of thistles. The brushed cotton creates raised fluffy fibres that trap air particles therefore improving the insulation capacities of the fabric BUT it doesn’t make you feel overheated.
Historically, satin was the desired fabric for upholstery. A good example of this was French King Louis the fifteenth, who used satin to cover his ornate furniture in the Palace of Versailles – so you could say a material for kings and queens! It was not commonly used for dressmaking until the 1800’s and into the 1900’s satin lingerie draped the nude bodies of Parisian women. Well, fast forward today and the fabric is still associated with luxury but has a come a long…… way in its manufacturing techniques and appearance.
Advantages of Brushed Back Satin Sleepwear
The satin outside
- Luxury feel and aesthetic
- Smooth, lustrous, silky making it easy to turn over in bed
- Versatile – can be worn around the home to lounge in
The brushed cotton inside
- Soft to touch
- Easy to care for
- Warm (has thermal effect)
Pyjamas come in a wide variety of appearances and fabrics. Some are naturally warmer or better than others. What you are basically looking for is something that is reasonably priced, soft, comfortable and traps your natural body heat and holds it close to you as you sleep.
Let’s look at some other Pyjama options and compare them to Brushed Back Satin…
Part of what makes a pair of pyjamas the “best” for you is your own comfort level in them. If you suffer with skin conditions like eczema or psoriasis, experiencing menopausal hot flushes and night sweats or are prone to acne break-outs then the harsher materials like wool might be more irritating than they are worth. People with sensitive or overly dry skin usually need to be particularly wary of materials like wool and the synthetic engineered material, polar fleece, for instance. On a positive note, wool is a natural fibre like cotton, is usually more expensive but will last a lifetime if cared for properly.
Flannel is a woven cloth made from cotton. When it comes to pyjamas, very dense, heavy flannel is warmer than the cheaper department store alternative the flimsy, tissue-weight flannel fabric.
Cotton isn’t always woven into flannel and some cotton can be quite warm if it is tight fitting, often not preferred in sleepwear. Silk is another light-weight, warm natural fibre and is best woven into thermal knit fabrics for winter sleepwear. Silk is hypoallergenic and an excellent insulator, but it is very costly. Cotton is almost as warm as silk when woven and is an affordable option.
Here are some frequently asked questions you may be interested in…
Is satin smoother than silk?
Silk and satin are both smooth and soft. Satin generally has a glossy sheen to the outside and dull on the reverse side. Silk has slightly shimmer effect on both sides of the fabric
What is the least breathable fabric?
Nylon, a synthetic material is the opposite to breathable. It is designed to repel water, it traps heat and sweat against the skin
Why should you wear pyjamas to bed?
Pyjamas cover your legs and protect your legs from cold during the night. While adding more blankets to the bed during winter having warm pyjamas during cold nights alleviates the need for heavy blanket or electric blankets which can overheat the body. When you toss and turn during your sleep wearing pyjamas at night lowers the risk of getting a cold or flu.
Why are silk pyjamas so expensive?
Pure silk is a natural fibre derived from silkworms in a very time-consuming process. The silkworms only live until they have cocooned themselves into their silken wrapping.
Should I wear a bra while sleeping?
There is nothing wrong with wearing a bra while you sleep if that’s what you are comfortable with. It will not stop breast from growing or cause breast cancer. Best choose a lightweight bra without underwire.
Is it healthy to sleep naked?
If sleeping naked helps you get the recommended seven to nine hours sleep each night, then its worth trying.
A comment I hear a lot from women is “I am way too tired to care what clothes I choose to wear to bed. I manage to brush my teeth, wash off my makeup before passing out on the pillow. I’m not thinking about pyjamas.”.
Feeling good on the inside sometimes comes from looking good on the outside. Wearing your partner’s T-shirt or polar fleece sweater to bed doesn’t necessarily do much for your self-esteem.
If you don’t take care of yourself – then who will?
Sleepwear is not only something we put on before getting into bed: it is a fashion statement and something to lounge around in on a cold winter’s night or that lazy Sunday morning breakfast.
I challenge you to find something that you feel good in to wear to bed. Upgrade to brushed back satin pyjamas. I bet you will feel better and sleep better. Treat yourself!