Previously we told you about Organza its care and uses now let us introduce you to the different types of Organza. Organza is perfect for luxurious party dresses. Often it is used to make tablecloths, light curtains, and formal dresses. Traditionally this fabric was made of silk and was very expensive. Today, many modern organza’s are woven with synthetic filament fibers such as polyester or nylon. This new synthetic fabric is more common and much less expensive. This fabric is incredibly soft and flowing, unlike other sheer fabrics like tulle, it has less stiffness. Multiple organza layers in a garment will permit a gentle sway.
Different Types of Organza: Crystal
Sheer and lightweight, this type of organza is the most common. It is made from either silk, polyester or nylon. Used for all types of specialty apparel including bridal.
Types of Organza: Mirror
Suitable for a variety of uses including garments and decorative purposes. Most colors are matchable with polyester poplin, taffeta, and satin fabrics. A very lightweight fabric that is durable, comfortable and has a unique texture that adds a hint of shine.
Types of Organza: Sparkled
Brings shimmer to any garment. Also consider this for decorative purposes, such as table toppers, centerpieces, pew swags, and window scarves for parties. Sparkled Organza is wonderful to use for little girl’s dresses.
Types of Organza: Silk
Silk organza is woven by a number of mills along the Yangtze River and in the province of Zhejiang in China. It is the most expensive Organza and the most prized. This type of Organza must be dry cleaned. Organza is now being made from polyester and nylon to help ease the cost.
Types of Organza: Embroidered
Embroidered Organza is Mirror or Crystal Organza that features embroidery on the material. The embroidery may include many different types of patterns and sequins and rhinestones may also be added when Organza is embroidered.
Different Types of Organza-Uses
Organza is incredibly soft and flowing. Unlike other sheer fabrics like tulle, it has little stiffness. While it will not add a lot of volume to a girl’s dress, multiple organza layers will gently sway with the dress. It is also used as an underlying to protect the delicate fabrics that are used in bridal dresses as well as commonly used for constructing in little girl’s dresses. The fabric can also be used for party decor, curtains, tablecloths, bags as well as many other applications. There are many different types of organza and many uses for this fabric.
Caring for Organza
Easy to care for fabric that most often can simply be thrown in the washing machine and hung to dry. Use the washing machine’s cool or warm setting and take care not to include anything else that could catch onto the fabric. When ironing make sure to keep the iron at a low heat to avoid burning. Some Organza fabric will however need dry cleaning. We hope that you have enjoyed learning about the Different Types of Organza.
Recently we told you all about Satin its care and uses and how it is the fabric of royalty, well now let us introduce you to all the different types of satin. Prized for centuries this fabric has been thought of as the most luscious fabric in existence. Smooth and silky, in many places this fabric represents royalty. Below we explain some of the many variations of satin.
Different Types of Satin: Antique
Commonly woven from rayon and acetate using various colors and yarn thicknesses. This gives antique satin fabric a textured feel and iridescent appearance. This type of satin is mainly used as a decorative fabric primarily for draperies. Unlike wedding satin with the shiny weave visible, antique satin is made of small textures on the surface.
Types of Satin: Charmuse
Charmuse can often withstand machine washing, but it does not breath as well as silk satin. Charmeuse has traditionally been a popular fabric for women’s clothing. Today, it is commonly found in wedding dresses, bridesmaid dresses and flower girl dresses. Generally made of silk, rayon or polyester, this fabric has a shiny face and dull back.
Types of Satin: Crepe Back
One side of the fabric is silk while the other is crepe making the appearance of the fabric either shiny or dull. Can be used in specialty outfits such as wedding dresses, party dresses and sometimes even in lingerie. A reversible fabric which can either be used on the satin or crepe side.
Types of Satin: Silk
The most luxurious of all satin’s are silk. This fabric is light weight, very shimmery and is breathable making it ideal for sleep wear. Silk satin is the most traditional and most coveted satin today.
Types of Satin: Stretched Satin
Stretched Satin is the same as ordinary satin fabric expect with an additional 5% spandex added. This type of satin carries the same uses as regular satin although it incorporates a form fitting look to the garment. Can be used in the making of pants, sports apparel and dresses.
Different Types of Satin-Uses for Satin
Satin fabric is commonly used in many different aspects of every day life such as baseball jackets, athletic shorts, women’s lingerie, nightgowns, blouses and evening gowns. The fabric is also used in Men’s boxer shorts, briefs, shirts and neckties. A interesting use is in the production of pointy shoes for ballet. Other uses include interior furnishing, fabrics, upholstery and bed sheets.
Dating back to the Middle Ages where it originated in China, satin was made of silk; consequently it was very expensive, used only by the upper classes. Satin became famous in Europe during the twelfth century and has prospered since. Thank you for taking the time to learn more about the different types of satin.
A product of rayon and nylon, velvet is woven in such a way as to create tiny, densely-packed fibers that stand up from the back of the cloth. Having a finish that drapes well, making it a better choice for formal wear, cotton velvet is a sturdier choice for day wear. Type of woven tufted fabric in which the cut threads are very evenly distributed, with a short dense pile giving it a distinctly smooth feel.
Historical background on Velvet
Traditionally, associated with nobility, dating back to the medieval era velvet was introduced to European nobility by Crusaders returning from the Middle East. This extravagant material became a symbol of wealth and power in Europe and was so favored by kings and queens. Although it is used in everyday clothing today it is still known for its beauty and elegance.
The Season For Velvet
It’s that time of year when velvet starts making its triumphant comeback with holiday dresses for girls and ladies of all ages, the perfect way to make a grand entrance. Considered the fabric of the holidays anything from coats to stockings are coated with it to give that warm cozy feel to holiday festivities. Although it is heavily used during the holiday season it is also great for year round events such as weddings, formal, get together’s and birthday parties.
A heavy durable fabric with a strong sheen. Its characteristics depend on the type of material that has been used to manufacture it. Silk has a soft drape and shimmering surface, while synthetic velvet’s have a strong sheen but do not tend to drape as well.
Embossed: A metal roller is used to heat stamp the fabric, producing a pattern
Hammered: This type is extremely lustrous, appears dappled, and somewhat crushed
Lyons: A densely woven, stiff, heavier weight pile velvet used for hats, coat collars and garments.
Plain: Commonly made of cotton, this type of velvet has a firm hand and can be used for many purposes
Knit and fine velvet with plain weave, must be dry cleaned. Others, such as crushed velvet, can be machine washed. When in doubt, take your special clothing, such as a velvet dress or velvet jacket, to a professional dry cleaner. Now that you have read about velvet its properties and uses learn more about cotton.