But, how do I choose?
There are SO many options to choose from when it comes to wedding dress material. If this is your first time searching for your special dress it can be confusing and overwhelming.
Whilst it may feel challenging in the beginning, there are a few main wedding dress fabrics you can start with.
Satin is more than just a shiny fabric. A satin weave can blend with many types of fabrics. Satin refers to the weave, not the textile, which means you can use satin to create a range of different fabrics.
Mikado satin is a popular wedding dress material choice for many brides. It’s a lovely soft fabric made from a silk combination. Mikado is a twill weave fabric that is fairly stiff. It’s is a wonderful choice for modern, architectural gowns. It is less shiny than satin and less matte than say, a crepe.
Dupion is also a silk fabric that is heavier, stiffer, and medium in weight.
Crêpe, commonly spelled crepe, is a luxurious fabric that was traditionally made from silk, but can now can be made from almost any fiber. Crepe types vary from thin and lightweight to thick and heavyweight. Most crepe fabrics have a beautiful drape.
- Silk crepe de Chine fabric doesn’t have the puckered surface typical of other crêpes; instead, the silk fabric has a smooth, matte finish with slight pebbling. This look is achieved by using tightly twisted yarns as weft yarns in a plain weave pattern. Polyester crêpe de Chine is a more affordable version with a similar appearance and feel to the silk fabric.
- Crepe georgette: Crepe georgette fabric also has a soft, smoother appearance and is primarily made from silk or synthetic silk-like fibers, like rayon. Silk georgette has a little elasticity and a nice drape. Crepe georgette fabric is a popular fabric for dresses.
- Wool crepe: Wool crepe has a rougher, wiry surface and is made from wool fabric, and sometimes cotton or synthetic fabrics. It is a light to medium weight crêpe, it resists wrinkling, and is often used for suiting, pants, and dresses.
- Polyester crepe: Polyester crepe fabric is any type of crêpe fabric that is made using the synthetic fiber polyester. Poly crepe is typically a lightweight, thin fabric that has a nice drape. Polyester crepe is used for dresses, skirts, and blouses. It sometimes incorporates elastane to form stretch crepe.
- Crepe-back satin: Crepe-back satin is a satin fabric where one side is smooth and soft like satin and the other side is crinkled with a crêpe feel and appearance.
- Canton crepe: Canton crepe was originally made of silk from Canton province in China, which is where the name comes from. It is very similar to crepe de chine in appearance, but it is slightly heavier, as the fill yarns in the weave are heavier.
- Plissé crepe: Plissé crepe is achieved by chemically treating the fabric to achieve the puckered and crinkled appearance. A piece of fabric is either pressed with hot rollers to create the pattern, or covered in a wax pattern and dipped in an alkaline solution. The areas uncovered by wax will shrink, and when the wax is removed, the fabric will be intentionally wrinkled.
- Crepe charmeuse: Crepe charmeuse is a silk fabric that is woven using the satin weave technique with crepe twist yarns. Silk charmeuse is smooth and reflective like satin, with a dull back. The crepe yarns give the fabric the signature crepe definition.
This wonderful information about crepe was supplied by Masterclass
English silk tulle is made with a slightly larger weave so it is the sheerest option available for silk tulle. This type of silk tulle is also starched so it is a little crisper though it is still flowy and softer than the bridal illusion many veils are made from. This tulle is strong enough to sew lace onto.
French silk tulle is the most luxurious type of silk tulle available. It is incredibly soft and flowy.
Illusion tulle is used to hold a dress in place. For example, a very low back wedding dress may need an illusion tulle to hold lace appliques or over the bust for comfort.
Visit our gallery for our Ziva tulle wedding dresses.
Georgette is a type of crêpe fabric that is typically made from pure silk but can also be made from synthetic fibers like rayon, viscose, and polyester. Chiffon is thinner and sheerer and has more drape.
Georgette has a thicker ply, resulting in a heavier fabric that although sheer, is more semi sheer if compared to chiffon.
After understanding the different wedding dress fabrics it’s now time to decide which is best suited for your wedding gown.
We can recommend and inform you of the fabric that would be best suited to your dress, but it’s also good for you to understand what you like and how it feels on your body. We are seeing crepe being a very popular choice for our brides.
We’re seeing more fitted dresses for all seasons. Strapless or spaghetti straps for the warmer weather and full sleeves for the cooler months.