Your wedding dress fabric
Which fabric do you need?
“Pure fabrics, such as silk, cotton, velvet will crease more than those which have a touch of synthetic in them, which is really useful to know if you are getting married abroad or you want you dress to stay crease-free all day,” says Y&YW fashion director Peta Hunt.
“Silk is a fibre which is simply turned into a thread,” says Marguerite Hannah of Alan Hannah, “so it can become different things – for example, a thicker, more expensive duchesse silk, or a thinner, slipper satin silk. Ask whether the material you are being offered is a pure silk or a mix. You can often tell if a material has silk in it, as it will have a pearlised finish.”
A dress made from pure duchesse silk will be very much more expensive, for instance, than a dress made from a mix of manmade fibre and silk. Pure taffeta will also be much more expensive than taffeta which is a mix of manmade and pure silk.
Brocade: A heavy fabric with a raised patterned
Good for… ornate, vintage-style bodices; striking detail
Not for … overseas weddings in hot climates
Chiffon: Soft sheer fabric with a soft drape
Good for… floaty sleeves and loose dresses for hot climates
Not for … Structured ballgown styles
Crepe: Lightweight fabric with a ruched feel
Good for… slinky, column dresses
Avoid for … tight dresses if you want to disguise heavy hips and bottom
Duchesse satin: A stiff, shiny fabric
Good for…dresses with some structure
Not for … styles with a fluid drape
Lace: The most bridal of all fabrics
Good for…everything, either as a complete dress of just touches
Not for…a dress that is too seamed as the pattern won’t match
Organza: Looks similar to chiffon but stiffer in texture.
Good for… an overlay, to give shape and texture to a skirt
Not for … a whole dress, as it is too transparent
Good for…slinky sheath dresses and styles that need to shimmer
Not for … playing down certain parts of your figure
Taffeta: Papery and lightweight, rustles when you move
Good for…full-skirt and ballroom styles
Not for …smooth finish. Tends to wrinkle easily
Silk tulle: Soft, beautiful and floaty
Good for… great for veils and 50s-style ballroom skirts
Not for … robust styles, as it is flattering but fragile