With so many different fabrics available today it is difficult to distinguish a Silk Chiffon from Silk Taffeta, Here's a quick guide to help you through the features of the different fabrics on offer.
Sheer, lightweight fabric
traditionally made from Silk,
however many modern Organza's
are woven from synthetic fibers such as Nylon or Polyester
Think elegant and floaty, very lightweight. Early Chiffon was made purely from Silk, low cost polyester and nylon Chiffon was made available from the 1960's
A crisp, plain woven fabric made from Silk, Cuprammonium Raynons, as well as acetate and polyester. Taffeta holds its shape better than most other fabrics
Silk Georgette -
Lightweight, sheer crepe fabric,
named after french dressmaker
Georgette de da Plante.
Springy and less lustrous than its relative chiffon.
Silk Charmeuse Satin -
Lightweight fabric woven with a satin weave, giving a smooth finish which is lustrous and reflective. Silk Charmeuse Satin is more expensive and delicate than the synthetic polyester version however it is softer and a breathes better. Silk Charmeuse drapes well and is suited to fluid, slinky bias cut gowns.
Duchess Satin -
Very luxurious, heavy stiff satin. A perfect fabric for the big fairytale gowns!
A lightweight, fine stiff netting
made from Silk, nylon or polyester.
Commonly used for veils, wedding dresses
and not forgetting ballet tutu's!