Dress Fabric Basics
- Satin. The ultimate shine is created by satin. It is a heavy material with a glossy surface that is formed with a weave using fabrics such as silk,nylon, or polyester.
- Charmeuse. This fabric has a satin-looking finish. It is lustrous and reflective, but softer and more lightweight than real silk. Charmeuse tends to cling tightly to the body, so be prepared to show off your silhouette.
- Tulle. If the dress has a full, poofy skirt, it is most likely made of tulle. This fabric looks like netting and is usually made out of silk, nylon, or rayon. Opt for a tulle dress if you’re going for a princess look.
- Chiffon. This is a transparent material that is used in layers to create a flowing effect. Chiffon has a soft and delicate look, and is usually made of silk or rayon.
- Jersey. Jersey is a lightweight fabric that is extremely elastic, made from a combination of wool, cotton, and synthetic fibers. It is considered a great material for dresses because it is stretchy and flattering for any body type.
- Organza. This fabric has the look and feel of a combination of chiffon and tulle. It is sheer and shiny like chiffon, but has a stiff structure like tulle. Organza is used mostly for overlays, skirts, and sleeves on gowns.
- Polyester. Polyester is a man-made material that has better wrinkle resistance and color retention than natural fabrics. Although it has a less natural feel than other fabrics, it can be spun with other fabrics for a different look.
- Taffeta. A crisp, smooth look is created with taffeta. It is a high-end fabric, woven with silk and synthetic fibers that is considered perfect for prom dresses.