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Your 'B' - 'Z' Guide of Fabrics
This page will give you an insight into different fabrics and may help you decide which ones are suitable for you and your dress. It should be noted that, like paints, fabrics vary from one manufacturer to another, and from roll to roll. This is especially applicable to handmade silks.
The 'marks out of ten' next to each denotes each fabrics popularity of use in our experience.
Brocade - 8/10
A decorative fabric available in a huge variety of patterns and colours. Brocade is used for bodices and detailing such as bands, borders and panels.
Chiffon - 7/10
There are several forms of chiffon made from either silk or man made fibres.
Dupion Silk - 10/10
100% Dupion silk is Indian in origin, and handmade. This is a very rich silk with clearly visible slubs running through it. Available in any colour, this is an excellent luxurious fabric for bridal gowns. It is particularly suitable for gowns with trains as the properties and weight of the fabric help to 'steer' the dress behind you.
Georgette - 2/10
Either made from silk or polyester, Georgette is similar to chiffon except it is
Lace - 4/10
An infinite number of designs and qualities are available. Good quality lace is expensive. Lace has many uses for bridal gowns - overlays, sleeves, shrugs, coats, detailing etc. Other colours are available, but ivory or white is most common. Lace has a low crease factor.
Morocain - 4/10
Morocain is similar to peachskin in feel and properties - flowing and drapey,
Organza - 5/10
Made from silk, Organza is very similar to chiffon, but tends to be slightly stiffer
Peachskin - 8/10
As the name suggests, this fabric feels like the skin of a peach and is available in any colour. This soft synthetic fabric is ideal for Empire Line or basic single form dresses. Also used as an overlay - Pool Trains and Fishtails look particularly good as the fabric is very flowing and drapey. This is an ideal fabric for an overseas wedding as it is not too hot or heavy and takes up minimal space. Peachskin is extensively used for
Shimla - 2/10
As opposed to Dupion silk, Shimla is 'power woven' (machine) resulting in a very fine fabric with minimal fine slub lines (ridges). Available in a variety of colours.
Satin -Back Crepe - 6/10
As the name suggests, this fabric has two distinctive sides - one of shiny satin, and the other of a crepe appearance - It can be used either way round to create the desired look, and often both sides are used for different elements of the same item eg crepe side jacket / satin side lapels. The properties and uses of this fabric are the same as peachskin.
Shantung - 2/10
Shantung is commonly though of as silk, but there is a polyester version. It has a fine texture with fine slubs (ridges) and is medium weight.
Silk Duchess Satin - 10/10
There are several forms of this fabric made from silk (there is also a synthetic fibre version - Poly Duchess Satin). This fabric is used extensively for bridal gowns and Bride's Maid dresses, and it is available in any colour. This is a relatively heavy fabric, shiny in appearance. This is NOT ideal for overseas weddings as it is relatively bulky, can be hot, and does crease and may require ironing.
Taffeta - 7/10
This is a plain weave silk. Whilst medium in weight, it feels stiff and crisp. Sheer and shiny, a 'two tone' effect is apparent. There is also a polyester version - Crystal Taffeta.
Thai Princess Silk - 10/10
A very light weight cool silk. Particularly good for summer weddings.
Thai Silk - 10/10
Thai silk is available in 1 or 2 ply. As with Thai Princess Silk it is very fine and light,
Tulle - 7/10
Tulle is a synthetic net fabric. Typically used for skirts, Tulle is layered or wrapped to create a lot of volume. Most people's idea of a 'fairy tale' dress has a Tulle skirt (see 'Tinkerbelle' or 'Twinkle'
Velvet - 2/10
Velvet is made from cotton or synthetics. It can be plain or crushed, or can have a pattern 'seemingly embossed' in it. Generally medium in weight with a very soft feel,
Zibelene - 0/10
This is a plain weave silk with no slubs (ridges). Very stiff in feel and appearance - possibly the heaviest silk. NOT suitable for summer weddings.
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