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A wedding dress can be the most important dress in a women’s life, highly anticipated and quite often talked about for years before the big day.
With many different fabrics to choose from, dependent on the style you want to go for; structural or flowing – there is a perfect fabric for you to create a show stopping gown.
Satin is one of the most popular, versatile and practical wedding dress fabrics. Its smooth supportive weave works well with a variety of designs, making it a great choice for wedding dress creations.
Historically, during the Middle Ages, satin was made of pure silk, making it very expensive and only used by the upper classes. However, as time has passed, it has become one of the most popular fabrics on the market today.
Silk has had its roots planted in China since 2500 BC, China is still the world’s largest producer of silk. Its soft texture makes it an ideal fabric for evening wear, especially wedding dresses.
Tulle is named after the French city it originated in. A net like fabric that is often used as a petticoat under wedding dresses, it is lightweight and is perfect for giving the skirt dramatic volume.
Chiffon is lightweight and sheer, making it a popular choice when it comes to formal and evening wear. Its delicate look makes it perfect for flowing dresses.
On more structured bodices and definitely strapless dresses, an internal corset is required, which is usually boned. The corset needs to be closely fitted and supportive. Coutil fabric is ideal for this purpose.
For celebrities and Royals alike, lace has traditionally been favoured as a wedding fabric of choice. This was used to great effect for the Duchess of Cambridge’s, Sarah Burton designed gown in 2011.
Please note we do not stock lace.
If you are looking for wedding dress fabric or just inspiration then please browse our fabrics and order some samples today.
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