Making Shiny Fabric Dull?

I have a shiny nightgown that I am using as a Halloween prop and I need to make the fabric dull. Can anyone help with suggestions? I am desperate for this.



By Lydia P

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October 15, 20120 found this helpful

Have you tried washing it in warm-hot water?

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October 15, 20120 found this helpful

Can you use the gown inside out? Many shiny fabrics have a dull back.

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February 2, 20170 found this helpful

Yes.Yor suggestion on turning the gown inside out is a useful one. Because many satin fabrics have a non shiny side and a shiny side.As you know,satin has shininess,that is the main trait characteristic of the fabric.That's what makes it special.If you go to buy a motorcycle but they have Ferrari cars instead.Are you going to say"How can I turn the ferrari into a motorcycle?"I don't think so.If you don't want a satin fabric then get another fabric.A Ferrari is a Ferrari and a motorcycle a motorcycle.My point is that satin and silk are suppose to shine that is why they are made that way.But thank you for your suggestion.It saves a lot of time and it may save the satin gown also.Because it can be turned back shiny side out again like intended later on.Thanks again.

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February 22, 20190 found this helpful

No, not all quality satins are shiny. You would use a satin gown because quality costumes might be out of your budget range, are not available in the style you need, or you just want to build the costume yourself.


Cheap costumes look cheaper than ultra shiney satins. The trick would be dulling the fabric without damaging it. Maybe rubbing in beeswax? I've had success with that before, but I'd try it on a small discrete place first.

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January 31, 20170 found this helpful

Why are you using a satin gown as a costume, when there's tons of real costumes. A satin gown is suppose to be shiny. That's like buying gold and saying "How can I take the golden color out of the gold". Get another gown as a costume. Because that's the point of a satin fabric, it shines.

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February 11, 20170 found this helpful

Because sometimes you like a fabric but need it to be dull for the stage effect.

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March 9, 20170 found this helpful

I'm sorry to contradict you but.You do not like a fabric if you need it to be dull for some stage effect.If you need a fabric to be dull,get a dull fabric for a stage effect.That's like saying I like you but I need you to be gone for stage effect.It is just not logical.The reason why I'm so defensive about satin fabric and it's shininess is because it brought me a whole lot of comfort and happiness when I was a child.And even after that.It's beautiful high shine made me feel exited and gave me something positive to look forward to when I was really depressed.So I hope you can understand how infuriating it is for me to hear people say idiotic things.Like "I like the Mona Lisa painting but I need to alter things on it for stage effect"Please forgive me,but if I'm not fully honest with you and everyone who says things that make no sense it will give me a heart problem.Peace.Thank you for understanding.

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December 25, 20170 found this helpful

Why are there people like you comet on think when your no help I got a coat for chrismas that's shiny I don't want it to shine either dose other people that why were asking for help

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March 10, 20170 found this helpful

I don't think there is any good way to dull a shiny fabric without using paint or some substance to obscure the fabric's finish. Satin gets it's shine from the manufacturing process.


If you don't want to use fabric paint, maybe try scuffing it with sandpaper. The satin will catch and wear but it might still be shiny. Might be better to go to a thrift store and find a different nightgown that suits your purpose better.

Good luck!

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February 11, 20200 found this helpful

I bought a dress that was rather expensive from Middle East for a costume. It's perfect but two things. I thought the colour was green but it's electric blue. The fabric is shiny.. Now this was an over-site. I still want to use it as a costume as it was expensive. I need to dull it down. Ill try the sandpaper but people saying just buy something different is not a good attitude. We should be looking for ways to modify and change what we have (better for environment and budget and our knowhow).

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