Demystifying silk, satin and lace
What are you really paying for? Wedding gowns are not exactly cheap (unless you buy a dodgy one off the internet). Why? Some people assume it’s because we hear “wedding” and add 30 per cent! In reality, it’s because wedding gowns take a lot of time, talent, and beautiful quality fabric to make.
At Daisy, we use a huge range of gorgeous materials for the dress, lining, and all important details. Many of our fabrics might not be familiar – after all, you don't tend to buy a wedding dress all that often. But the type of material used for your dress makes a big difference to the drape, look and overall feel. So it's good to have some idea of what we're talking about.
This is our quick guide to the secret world of dress fabrics.
This is a heavier silk, often used to create shape and structure in a dress, and has a slub running through, meaning it’s textured. Because it's a natural material, all silk is surprisingly comfortable and breathable. It is luxurious to touch, drapes beautifully and has a glorious lustre.
Silk Chiffon is soft and light. It lends itself to flowing, floaty dress designs. Like Dupion silk, it's breathable and comfy enough for a long day of briding!
This fabric is a beautiful, fine chiffon with a matte look. It's man-made, but the lightweight weave makes it breathable and easy to wear. We use this fabric for dramatic full-skirted wedding dresses because it drapes beautifully.
Satin has had a bad reputation, but this fabric is nothing like the shiny, tacky satin of the 80s. Charmeuse is made from a mix of silk and high quality nylon. It has a smooth and silky texture but – and this is important – it comes in a matte or semi-sheen finish.
Tulle isn't just for ballerinas. We layer it to create full, princessy skirts. It gives volume and, because it's semi-transparent, gives you a floaty, romantic look. If a dress has a full overskirt of a different fabric, a full tulle petticoat adds shape and volume.
French Chantilly lace
French Chantilly is an enduring bridal classic. Probably because it's a light, romantic lace that somehow manages to suit almost every bride, and fit almost every dress. With its very fine mesh background, and delicate floral and ribbon patterns, you’ll see it most often on the bodice, shoulders, arms, capes, boleros - or the whole dress.
French Guipure lace (Corded lace)
French Guipure lace is heavier than French Chantilly and made from a mix of spun cotton and nylon. Alencon lace is the name for a heavier version. Because it has more structure than the light mesh laces, it can be used as an overlay for an entire dress. A contrast lining accentuates the gorgeous patterns.
Swarovski crystals and beads
These aren’t strictly a fabric, but they can make a huge impact nonetheless. Swarovski is an Austrian company, which has been making beautiful crystals and beads for over 100 years. We hand sew them onto some dresses for an extra bit of wedding sparkle around the bust or waistline.
Of course, these are just the fabrics we use most often. It would take us forever to list every single type of lace, silk and embellishment we ever use. They’re all chosen for their beauty, wearability, and quality - we don’t accept anything less.
Get in touch and we'll talk you through your design options and fabric choices.
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