Cotton Sateen has excellent breath ability but less durability
Cotton Sateen is a specially woven fabric which is very similar to Silk Satin. It is famous due to its shiny lustre and slippery feel even though it is a cotton product. Cotton Sateen is manufactured with a thread structure of four over and one under thread to maximize the softness. Standard non-sateen weaves use a one-over, one-under structure but the sheen and softer feel is through the use of different structure in the weaving process. To enhance the quality of such fabric it goes through the treatment of mercerized. Mercerised process involves fabric soaking in sodium hydroxide bath followed by an acid bath which adds considerable sheen to the material and aids in the dyeing or printing process. This process makes it shinier but lustre is a decrease in durability, therefore sateen is not much used in items that will experience significant amount of wear and tear.
Some people confuse Sateen with Satin, satin is non-cotton silky fabric but Sateen is typically used in bed linen. Cotton Sateen has a graceful drape and excellent breathability which makes it a popular choice for luxury bedding and linens. Normally, it’s not so expensive, lot less than satin and its machine washable. Sateen is extensively used in blouses, dresses and jackets. Sateen was also used for Vintage dress shirts and other Vintage type clothes. It is difficult to make good bound buttonholes on sateen as it has a tendency to slip at the seams. You will normally find washing instruction on such dresses as, recommended to be machine washed on gentle, and tumble dry at low because cotton sateen has less durability.