A Brief Guide to Bridal Fabrics

Understanding the fabrics that are used to create wedding dresses can make the process of finding your perfect gown less overwhelming, and even more exciting.

We've put together this simple guide to show you some of our most commonly used fabrics, and how we use them.

1. Chiffon

Chiffon is a light‑weight gossamer fabric that can be made out of silk or synthetic fibres. It is light and sheer, and drapes beautifully. Chiffon is perfect for billowing, whimsical dress styles.

2. Ruffled Chiffon

To create this ruffled chiffon textured effect, we cut up meters and meters of chiffon into individual flounces and then stitched them piece by piece onto the skirt. For the dress pictured below, we used 40 metres of chiffon to create this texture.

3. Tulle

The dreamiest fabric of all, tulle is an ultra sheer, light‑weight netting. Tulle is extremely fine, soft, and flowy, and is one of our favourite materials to work with. This fabric is used to create soft full cloud like skirts, gathered up to create voluminous ruffles and can be used to create texture by draping it in small pleats over bodices.

4. Pleated Tulle

To create the pleated tulle textured effect, heat is used to permanently set concertina folds into the fabric. This pleating gives the tulle a lovely texture.

5. Duchess Satin

Duchess satin is a luxurious and heavy‑weight fabric that is traditionally used for bridal gowns. It is perfect to create structured gowns, corsetry and voluminous skirts.

6. Georgette

This is a lightweight, sheer fabric with a matte, slightly textured finish. It provides more cover than chiffon and drapes rea