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 really beautifully. Here we have used a plain georgette for the top and paired it with a pleated georgette skirt.

7. Crepe

Crepe is a medium‑weight fabric with beautiful drape, a slightly rough texture and a matte finish. It is perfect for form fitting silhouettes as it is quite forgiving, and is often used for structured dresses and draped detailing.

8. Appliqué

Appliqué is the process of cutting lace into different size motifs, and creating a unique design by pinning the lace pieces on the dress and then carefully hand‑stitching them on. This way we use store bought fabric but then totally recreate it into a unique surface design.

9. Embroidered Lace

Embroidered lace is characterized by delicate motifs, often floral in theme, stitched onto a fine tulle netting. This lace can be left as a plain embroidery, but often has sequins and beads added for sparkle. When fabrics come without beadwork we often add it in by hand. Here we have combined an embroidered lace with a dobby mesh fabric (this is a netting with a polka dot motif knitted into the fabric).

10. Crochet lace

Crochet lace is ideal for the more bohemian bride. It is made of cotton or a cotton‑like material and often has geometric patterns with flowing lines and scalloped edges.

11. 3D lace

This is lace fabric that has some form of 3‑dimensional aspect, most often in the form of laser‑cut chiffon or tulle flowers that have been hand‑stitched onto an embroidered lace base along with beads and sequins.

12. Chantilly lace

Chantilly lace is a fabric wherein the pattern or motif is woven into the actual material. This lace is very fine and delicate and is one of my favourite materials. We often pair this with appliqué and beaded panels.

13. Beaded chantilly lace

This is a chantilly lace that has been worked into with cording and beadwork details.

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