Materials

Satin

A fairly heavy material with a sheen finish on one side and dull on the other. Should from silk threads

Organza

A translucent material with no sheen and a crisp hand traditionally made from silk. Very lightweight therefore requires an opaque lining. Think crispy ballerina skirt

Tulle

Similar to organza but with a softer finish. A lightweight and sheer ‘netting’. Floaty and ethereal or for a lightweight fuller skirt

Lace appliqué

Where lace is sewn onto an an existing fabric such as tulle

Chiffon

Delicate, sheer, and transparent often used as an overlay for giving an elegant and floating appearance to the gown

Brocade

Richly decorative shuttle-woven fabrics

Charmeuse

A lightweight fabric woven with a satin weave. The front side of the fabric has a satin finish, the back has a dull finish. It can be made of silk or something such as polyester

Crepe

A light soft thin fabric of silk, cotton or another fiber, with a crinkled surface

Damask

Similar to brocade with raised designs, but woven in a much lighter weight

Faille

A slightly ribbed, woven fabric of silk, cotton, or rayon

Moire

A heavy silk taffeta with a subtle, wavy design

Organdy

A stiff transparent fabric

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