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Bridal Gown Fabrics for wedding dresses

Bridal gown fabrics, styles and costs for your wedding.
Bridal Gown Fabrics for wedding gowns, dresses and suits.

Knowing bridal fabrics will help you with the costs if you are buying a wedding dress or making it. The information will help you when looking for ideas. Accessories to bridal fabrics are precious stones, ribbons, braiding, covered buttons and more.

Facts for Bridal Gown Fabrics.
Fashion designers have their favorite fabrics they use to create their spectacular and classic bridal gowns.

Satin and silk are the traditional fabrics. They are the most costly as well.

Modern technology has created a variety of weights, blends, finishes and fibers. Which are all reflected in costs and wearing.

Even velvets have blends that are perfect for seasonal weddings.

Silk can be blended into chiffon, faille, organza, taffeta, crêpe de chine, brocade or peau de soie. Natural cotton, linen, polyester and rayon are used for wedding dresses. As well as for linings, interlinings and inter-facings.

Craftspeople use technology to help them accessorize the dresses with precious stones, ribbons, cording, braiding, embroidery or covered buttons.   

Once you have chosen your dress ask about the bridal fabrics. This will help you to know how to keep it from wrinkling, snagging or tearing.

If your dress is being made at home there are gown patterns, bridal gown fabrics and accessories that dressmakers supply stores carry.

Alencon lace. A delicate lace with a pattern of neatly arranged flowers and swags outlined with cord.

Batiste. A soft, seer, lightweight fabric woven in cotton, wool, silk and rayon.

Battenberg lace. A type of lace made by applying battenberg tape to a design an linking it with decorative stitching.

Bengaline. A heavyweight ribbed fabric. May be wool, cotton, rayon or silk.

Brocade. A heavyweight fabric with raised design woven on a Jacquard loom. May be silk, cotton or synthetic.

Carrickmacross. A guipure lace made in Scotland with line needlepoint stitches or applique.

Chantilly lace. A delicate bobbin lace with hexagonal mesh background and floral designs.

Charmeuse. A lightweight, smooth fabric woven from silk, cotton, or rayon with slight luster.

Chiffon. A light, transparent fabric of silk, cotton, rayon or synthetics.

Crepe charmeuse. A pebbly-textured. It lays flat and clings.

Crushed velvet. Velvet with an irregular surface.

Damask. Originally silk woven on a Jacquard loom with high luster designs on a flat background. The wedding gown fabric is made of cotton, linen or synthetics.

Dotted Swiss. See point d’esprit.

Duchesse satin. A lightweight, glossy satin-weave fabric. It may be silk or rayon.

Dupioni. A thicker, coarse, slubby silk weave.

Eyelet. A cotton or linen fabric with openwork pattern punches out and embroidery worked around each hole.

Faille. A thick, ribbed, crisp fabric of silk or silk-rayon. See also bengaline and gros de Londres.

Georgette. A very sheer lightweight silk, cotton or synthetic.

Gros de londres. A fine, flat ribbed silk or rayon. See bengaline and faille.

Guipure lace. A heavy tape lace characterized by large motifs with few connecting bars. See carrickmacross.

Illusion. A fine tulle, maline or net.

Jacquard. A wide variety of patterned dress-weight cloth made on a Jacquard loom. Fabric may be silk, rayon or synthetic.

Lame. A fabric woven with metallic threads. Often blended with silk or rayon to appear to be molten silver or gold.

Linen. A crisp, lightweight fabric woven from fibers of flax plants.

Maline. A very fine net.

Marquisette. A soft, transparent net. It is virtually weightless.

Matelasse. Originally, silk quilted to create puckered appearance. The fabric is now made of silk, cotton, rayon, wood or synthetic fibers.

Moire. A stiff, heavy, ribbed fabric with a pattern that resembles melting jagged stripes. It may be silk, rayon or synthetic.

Net. A heavyweight mesh-like weave.

Organdy. A crisp, sheer, lightweight cloth. The fabric can be woven from silk or cotton.

Organza. A transparent fabric that is heavier, stiffer and more formal than chiffon. It is commonly woven from rayon.

Ottoman. A heavy, luxurious, ribbed weave of silk, rayon, cotton, wool or synthetic fibers.

Paper taffeta. A very crisp taffeta.

Peau de soie. A heavy satin woven with fine ribbing, giving it a distinctive dull luster. Its name means skin of silk.

Pique. A honeycomb weave that is usually cotton. It is often used for cuffs and collars.

Point d’esprit. A sheer, almost transparent cotton flecked with white dots. Often called dotted Swiss.

Ribbon lace. A modern derivation of Battenberg and renaissance lace.

Satin. A densely woven silk with one lustrous and one matte side. The bridal gown fabrics are made from rayon and synthetics.

Schiffi. An all-over embroidery design with running stitches instead of knots.

Shantung. A plain-weave silk or synthetic fabric with rough and randomly nubby texture. It is produced by weaving uneven fibers together.

Silk-faced satin. See duchess satin.

Taffeta. A crisp, lightweight fabric with a smooth finish, made in silk, cotton, rayon and synthetics.

Tissue taffeta. A thin, almost transparent taffeta.

Tulle. A sheer mesh-like weave with hexagonal holes. The bridal gown fabrics are made of silk, nylon or rayon. Often called illusion, maline or net.

Velvet. Originally silk is is now often rayon or cotton, double-woven with a short thick pile. It is soft to the touch.

Velveteen. A cotton or rayon velvet. The bridal gown fabrics are single woven.

Venise lace. Needlepoint lace of floral motifs connected with irregularly spaced bridges.

Bridal Fabrics for wedding gowns and dresses. Source: The Wedding Dress by Maria McBride-Mellinger US$25.99 Random House ISBN 0-679-41884-9.

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