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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Different Types Of Fabrics Used In Flower Girl Dresses

The type of fabric used on your child's dress is very important. Most are particular with the kind of fabric, the feel and flow of the dress, etc. I have received several order returns because they did not like how the fabric was. I understand it completely because a photo does not capture the entire look and feel of the dress. 
This post aims to help you shop and order the right kind of flower girl dress or first communion dress for your daughter. 
Satin

is a weave that typically has a glossy surface and a dull back. It is a warp-dominated weaving satin weave filament fibres such as silk, nylon, or polyester, the corresponding fabric is termed a satin, although some definitions insist that the fabric be made from silk. If the yarns used are short-staple yarns such as cotton, the fabric formed is considered a sateen. (source: wikipedia) technique that forms a minimum number of interlacings in a fabric. If a fabric is formed with a using 

 
Tulle Netting

is a lightweight, very fine netting, which is often starched. It can be made of various fibres, including silk, nylon, and rayon. Tulle is most commonly used for veils, gowns (particularly wedding gowns), and ballet tutus. Tulle comes in a wide array of colors and it can also easily be dyed to suit the needs of the consumer. It is readily available from most fabric stores and through special order.
Tulle is often used as an accent, to create a lacy, floating look. Tulle may also be used in underskirts or petticoats to create a stiff belled shape. Gowns are often puffed out with the use of several layers of stiff tulle. Tulle netting is also used to make veils, since it obscures the features of the face while allowing the wearer to see out. (source wikipedia)
Chiffon
two toned chiffon fabric

polyester chiffon

 from the French word for a cloth or rag, is a lightweight, balanced plain-woven sheer fabric woven of alternate S- and Z-twist crepe (high-twist) yarns. The twist in the crepe yarns puckers the fabric slightly in both directions after weaving, giving it some stretch and a slightly rough feel. Made from cotton, silk or synthetic fibres. Chiffon can be dyed to almost any shade desired, but if it is made out of polyester it can be difficult to dye. Under a magnifying glass it resembles a fine net or mesh which gives chiffon some see-through properties. Due to this delicate nature, chiffon must be hand washed very gently. Since chiffon is a light weight fabric that frays very easily, bound or French seams must be used to stop the fabric from fraying.

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