Monday, August 07, 2006

Materials for prom dresses

Here is a description of some materials used to manufacture prom dresses and homecoming dresses. The list is not complete, however it will give you a basic understanding of these materials.
Silk charmeuse for prom dresses is made with a satin weave, which is soft, yet, supple and drapes beautifully. Fabric is woven with a satin weave, where the warp threads cross over three or more of the backing threads. The front side of the fabric has a satin finish, lustrous and reflective, and the back has a dull finish.
Silk charmeuse prom dresses is most often used for loose-fitting, bridal gowns and slinky eveningwear. Charmeuse is somewhat difficult to sew because it is so slippery. Pins and needles leave marks, so pin only at the edges. It doesn't unravel much, however.
Chiffon for prom dresses is elegant and sheer, with a very slightly rough feel to it. Chiffon is lightweight, but strong. Chiffon is softer and thinner than Georgette, sometimes called 'Crepe Chiffon'. Georgette is made like chiffon, but a two or three-ply yarn is used.
Chiffon is most often used for loose, full, flowing garments. Popular for dresses, scarves and nightgowns. It is hard to cut out and sew because it is so flimsy and slippery. Very important, it doesn't show pin holes.
is a sheer, Silk Organza prom dresses is a thin open weave fabric that is heavier and crisper than silk gauze. It has a smooth, flat finish, is strong and durable, and gets its stiffness from tightly twisted yarns. Often used as the base fabrics for embellished fabrics.
Organza prom dresses is a very lightweight and sheer material, but a bit stiff, and can be gathered for bouffant uses, used alone or over other fabrics for fitted to loosely fitted blouses, dresses and evening wear. Also useful for facings, interfacings or lining. Silk organza can be used as an underlining to add crispness to parts of a garment. It sews easily, doesn't show pin holes. It holds creases well.