Understanding Wedding Gown Fabrics~


gown_photos180Choosing a wedding gown is the best experience in every woman’s life. The bride usually focuses on the shape, style and the latest trends, but the type of fabric used somehow come last. Fabrics are very important, but many brides do not pay as much attention to them.  Here are some information about the fabrics commonly used in wedding gowns.

  1. Silk – The most expensive fabric of all. A lot of gowns are usually made of this material, but it depends of the type of the dress. Silk gowns gives a flowly look and usually will show the body shape pretty clearly.
  2. Lace – It is a cheaper variant for silk. Lace is an open-weaved fabric. Usually it is used as a part of the dress, but if properly lined, the entire dress can be laced.
  3. Satin – This material is very popular among the brides because of its sheer. This material is ideal for weddings in winter and also for traditional weddings.
  4. Dupioni – This material is made from the silk of two silkworms creating a cocoon together. The resulting silk strands from this double cocoon are left together during the spinning process, which is where dupioni gets its signature texture and sheen.
  5. Organza – A fabric that looks similar to chiffon but stiffer. Structured and works so well with many other fabrics, it is especially great for overlay embellishments, such as trains, full skirts, and wedding veils.
  6. Taffeta – This is a crisp, smooth, plain woven fabric made from silk or cuprammonium rayons.  A high end fabric commonly used in wedding gowns. However some may find the material a tad too traditional looking.
  7. Tulle – Tulle is basically netting made from silk or rayon. Tulle is often used for veils, but can create incredibly romantic and dramatic look.
  8. Pique – A knit fabric with a waffle-weaved appearance. Pique has distinct sides. The outside resembles a honeycomb or waffle and the underside is flat and smooth.
  9. Rayon – Often used as an alternative to silk. Rayon is smooth, lightweight, breathable, and ideal for warm temperatures. It’s important to note that rayon does wrinkle easily, so having an iron or steamer on-hand would be wise.
  10. Voile – Semi-transparent and sheer, voile is made from cotton or wool. Other types of voile are made from worsted silk or synthetic fibers like polyester.

Different fabrics have their own uniqueness that will bring out the characteristic of the wedding gown they are made of. Hence, it is important to understand the fabric and choose one that suits your gown best, especially for brides to be who wants to have their gown made from scratch.