When choosing a wedding dress, pay attention to the silhouette and the fabrics from which it is made because different materials sit and "behave" differently during the day. Our short guide to wedding dress fabric will help you choose what you need.
Natural and synthetic fabrics
Fabrics made from natural fibers (silk, cotton, linen) are certainly valued higher, and this is not surprising. They are more difficult to manufacture and pleasant to the touch, absorb moisture well and allow the skin to breathe. Natural fabrics have only a few disadvantages, but they are very significant: such materials wrinkle easily and require very careful care.
Synthetic fabrics keep their shape well and do not wrinkle, so a dress made of such material will not lose its appearance by the end of the wedding day. However, these fabrics do not pass air and moisture well (therefore, they can be hot or, conversely, cold) and are highly electrified.
Mixed fabrics are most often used in the modern clothing industry, adding synthetic threads to natural fibers. This allows you to use the advantages of both and achieve the perfect result.
Types of fabrics
- Satin fabric can be woven from pure silk, polyester, or a mixture of fibers—this is one of the most common, versatile, and durable wedding dress fabrics. The smooth surface and high satin density make it ideal for structured dresses. The satin is suitable for any figure and will be especially comfortable in cool weather.
- Charmeuse: Outwardly, charmeuse is similar to satin: smooth and shiny but lighter and softer. By its properties, charmeuse resembles water - it effectively flows through the body and can create beautiful draperies and shimmers in the light. True, due to the lower density than the classic satin, charmeuse emphasizes the features of the figure more strongly.
- Chiffon: Incredibly light and sheer, chiffon is often used in layers or as a top layer on more durable fabrics. Chiffon looks spectacular and creates great volume but is easy to wear and snag. If you dream of a romantic and gentle look and the wedding will occur in the warm season, chiffon will suit you perfectly.
- Organza: This light fabric is most often woven from silk threads. Organza is much stiffer than chiffon and more structured, but just like chiffon, it is sheer and weightless, making it ideal for warm-weather weddings. This is also a very delicate fabric, so be careful with it.
- Tulle is a sheer fabric with an open weave, similar to a net. Tulle looks perfect on dresses with a lush, airy silhouette and in combination with decor: beads, lace, etc. Remember that this incredibly delicate fabric easily catches on jewelry and tears.
- Lace: A material that will add subtlety, grace, and romanticism to any dress. Most often, lace is superimposed on another, denser fabric. As with tulle, the open weave makes the lace susceptible to snags.
- Taffeta: Taffeta is a smooth fabric with a slight sheen, distinguished by its high density and even rigidity, due to which sharp, brittle folds are formed. Taffeta gives the dress extra volume and splendor and rustles pleasantly when moving. This fabric is perfect for dramatic looks and puffy skirts paired with a sleek body.
- Crepes: Lightweight fabric with a clear surface that perfectly hugs the body without sticking to it. In the production of this fabric, the threads are successfully twisted to the right and left, forming an interesting pattern and texture reminiscent of sand. The good thing about crepe is that it drapes beautifully, doesn't wrinkle a lot, and creates a clean silhouette without unnecessary details.
Other types of fabrics
Recently, the interest of brides in different types of silk (Mikado, Radzimir, and Gazar) has been growing. Another relatively new trend is the application of patterns on dressmaking fabrics and the manufacture of lace with laser processing.