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A MATERIAL WORLD


A Guide to the Fabric found on Bridalwear

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Georgette

Georgette is a sheer lightweight fabric with a fine crepe-like surface.

 

Very similar to chiffon, it is slightly less fragile and less transparent. Georgette has a beautiful fluid movement and can be used to drape over skirts and bodices alike. As with chiffon, georgette can be used to create accessories such as boleros or wraps and shawls.

 

Lace

Lace is a lightweight fabric, where patterns are created with open holes in the material. The holes are formed by removing threads to create open spaces in the fabric. Often, these open spaces are created in such a way that recognisable patterns, such as flowers or butterflies, appear. 

 

Lace is often used as a trim for Wedding dresses or accessories and adds to a very traditional look. That said, recently lace has been included in quite contemporary gowns as a full overlay.

 

Organza

A sheer fabric which tends to have a slightly iridescent, sparkly feel.

 

It is available in colours to match almost any Brides (or Bridesmaid) dress and can be used over other fabrics to create body and movement. Placing a white layer of organza over a pale pink skirt and combining it with a white bodice produces a magical twist, and such a look would work wonders with certain Wedding themes.

 

Satin

Satin is a shiny woven fabric with a smooth, glossy finish and dull back - it has an unparalleled richness.

 

Duchesse satin is one of the most popular materials used in Wedding dresses and it has a soft subtle sheen and is smooth to the touch. Whilst it is similar in appearance to the top of the range satin (made from silk), it is much less likely to crease. A standard polyester satin (e.g. not duchesse) will be significantly less expensive, however make sure that the fabric is not too shiny or your guests may require sunglasses!

 

Satin can create smooth, crisp lines with relative ease.

 

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