(Closed) What's your dress made of? Is it real silk, or not?

posted 9 years ago in Dress
  • poll: Is your dress at least partially real, genuine silk?

    Yes, it is all real silk/other natural fiber (cotton, wool, linen)

    Yes, it's partially real silk, partially synthetic

    No, it is all synthetic

    I don't know

  • Post # 17
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: January 2013

    Mine was real dupioni silk (it’s a bit rougher in texture so it isn’t as shiny as “normal” silk, which I liked)

    Oh, added: It was a Jenny Lee, so a smaller couture designer, not as mass produced…

    Post # 18
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: March 2013

    I’ve made wedding dresses and I think it depends on the look you want and how careful you are. I used silk for the first dress I made and while it looked amazing, I was paranoid the whole time about it crushing or getting something on it (natural Fibres absorb stains and dirt much faster).  the second dress I made, i used a polyester satin with a silk lining. the satin wasnt too shiny and was a dream to work with… I hardly ever had to iron it and when it got a mark on it, the mark came straight off with a damp sponge and there was no watermark after. when the brides’ bouquet dripped on her skirt (tip: take your damn bouquet out of water WELL before the wedding!), it dried quickly and didnt leave a mark. so I ended up using the same fabric for my own dress because I loved it so much. I brought it over on an international flight, folded in a suit bag and it didnt need ironing or steaming when I got home, I just hung it up and it was fine.

     

     

    i still love using silk, it looks beautiful and can be cooler to wear (although its pointless to use it for that reason if the lining isn’t silk as well) but I’m just saying dont assume silk = better. designers always have their reasons for choosing fabrics and its not based on cost alone. 

     

     

    also! the silk dress I made cost roughly the same to make as the polyester dress! pleeeeeease don’t let a bridal consultant tell you that a dress is $1000 more than any others because ‘its 100% silk’! I have heard this a lot. if its because there’s more fabric in it, it’s hand beaded, there’s expensive lace, that’s fine. but at the wholesale fabric place I buy bridal fabrics from, the difference between silk satin and polyester satin is about $5-$10/m. even if you’re using 15 metres of fabric for a big drapey ballgown, that’s a difference of $150 which would end up being around $300 difference in the retail price. as I said, there are plenty of reasons for a dress to be more expensive, but the fibre content shouldnt make $1000 difference. 

     

     

    the exceptions are lace and tulle. with lace, you’ll notice a huge difference with natural vs. nylon, and the price reflects that. always get the best lace you can afford. with tulle, silk tulle is WAY more expensive but is weak as anything. if it gets caught on something, it WILL tear. go with nylon.

     

     

    sorry for the rantyness, hope it helps? haha. 

     

    Post # 19
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    @christinaval:  yeah, i remember reading somewhere that silk satin is a fancy term for polyester but now i can’t find where i read that. 

    Post # 20
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    @polkadotgirl:  oh you would know the answer to this! is silk satin actually silk or is it a synthetic material (or a mix of both)? sorry if this is a dumb question. :-/

    Post # 21
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    @calibee79: 

    @polkadotgirl:

    yes exactly..so silk satin might contain some silk…but usually a combination of different fibres (the cheaper the dress the more nylon/polyester is being used)….that’s why dresses which are made out of silk are labeled as 100% silk duchness or 100% silk dupioni…

     

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Satin

     

    Satin (pronunciation: /ˈsætən/[1]) is a weave that typically has a glossy surface and a dull back. It is a warp-dominatedweaving technique that forms a minimum number of interlacings in a fabric. If a fabric is formed with a satin weave using filament fibres such as silknylon, or polyester, the corresponding fabric is termed a satin, although some definitions insist that the fabric be made from silk.[2] If the yarns used are short-staple yarns such as cotton, the fabric formed is considered a sateen.

     

    Post # 23
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    Hmmm idk, what is taffeta?  That’s what my dress is.

    Post # 24
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    According to the label my dress is 100% silk (delustered satin), but I’m pretty sure the lining must be synthetic. Anyway it was a steal at $299!

     

    Post # 25
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    @polkadotgirl:  Thank you for this! I had a little mini freak out when I realized that my dress was 100% poly and I hadn’t even thought to check before buying, but then I found out that poly might be better to travel with anyway. It’s nice to know that my tulle will hold up better as well!

    Post # 26
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    @hlayers:  so tafetta could be made out of silk or synthetic fibres…all depends on the % listed…as for the satin if the % of real slik fibres is high the price is high ;)!

     

    In general everything synthetic such as polyester is cheaper for the companies….but might look still really nice…it’s all about the % used….you bees must have also seen really shiny, plastic like looking dresses? those are made of almost 100% polyester based satin.

    here is a good example of a 100% polyester satin dress:

    Taffeta (pron.: /ˈtæfɨtə/; archaically spelled taffety) is a crisp, smooth, plain woven fabric made from silk or synthetic fibres. The word is Persian in origin and means “twisted woven.”

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taffeta

     

     

     

    Taffeta (pron.: /ˈtæfɨtə/; archaically spelled taffety) is a crisp, smooth, plain woven fabric made from silk or synthetic fibres. The word is Persian in origin and means “twisted woven.”

     

    Post # 27
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    Bee Keeper

    I don’t like to wear or use synthetic fabrics, so it’ll be natural fabrics… but I don’t know if it’s going to be silk or something else (i.e. cotton). Are there really wool wedding dresses? That sounds kind of neat.

    Post # 28
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    I found it surprisingly difficult to find dresses from natural fibres when I was dress shopping, even in China – which I had always assumed to be where silk is most readily available. I went to three bridal salons – two fairly high end ones – and none had dresses made from silk.  I asked about silk as an option, and it would have driven up the prices substantially.

    My Vera Wang is silk (underlayer) with tulle, horsehair tulle, Alencon lace and Chantilly shadow lace. My Reem Acra reception dresses are both silk tulle with silk underlay. I managed to get them all at a steal, but I was quite adamant that I wanted silk for my wedding dress. Fabrics are important to me and I don’t tend to wear synthentics on a day to day basis, so makes sense I would feel that way about my wedding dress.

    Post # 29
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2014

    I have a ridiculous question, I bought a preowned lazaro that was worn as a reception dress. It had been fitted by the original owner and doesnt have the tags ( I know the dress is original though) Do any of you girls know what he usually uses for his dresses? It is heavily hand embroidered with gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous appliques, if that makes a difference. It doesnt really matter to me if it is or isnt but curiosity killed the cat lol!

    Post # 30
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    Bumble bee

    @christinaval:  Very true. Many people don’t understand the difference between fibers and weaves (I didn’t know until I took a course some years back). Satin, taffeta, etc. are weaves that can be made up of natural or synthentic fibers, while silk, wool, polyester, etc. are fibers that can be weaved into different styles. 

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    @polkadotgirl: This is pretty incredible to read. I wonder how much mark up there is between a plain silk gown and a plain polyester gown?

    I’m used to buying my own fabrics and having them custom-made into gowns, and I know a lot of the cost can be found in the more intricate work gone into sewing the dresses, but man…I feel like the wedding industry really likes ripping people off!

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    @minipenguin: It depends. do you know the style number or do you have a photo?

    Post # 31
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    @MlleFabuleux: 

     

    @polkadotgirl:

     

    hmmm dunno about that so…as with everything all depends not only on the % of the fibre…but also thickness, handmade? 100% Italy? etc….so many factors which come into play….

     

     

     

    and so tough to distinguish what is real good fabric or cheap stuff…here they are naming it duchess satin but it is 100% polyester (and look at the price…really cheap…the 100% is 7x more expensive!!!):

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Duchess Satin

     

    Duchess Satin is a soft, full bodied, polyester satin used in evening wear and special occasion garments. It looks and feels fantastic for any occasion! Duchess Satin’s low luster peau de soie will look stunning as a constructed ball gown, bridesmaids dresses, prom dress fabric and so much more! 

     

     

     

    100% Polyester. 60″ Wide. Machine Washable. Priced Per Yard. ($8.99)

     

     

     

    http://www.voguefabricsstore.com/Duchess-Satin/

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Rich. Full bodied. Medium to heavy weight with good body — not fluid, no drape. The most elegant of bridal fabrics is the Duchess Satin in 100% Silk. This is the fabric you will use as your base for every gown from the very streamline to the traditional lace overlay. Any remnants you have can be used to make up the money bag, photo album cover, small keepsake gifts for attendants and more!

     

     

     

    100% Silk. 60″ wide. Dry clean. Priced per yard. Available in White, Ivory, Diamond White, & Black. ($64.99 !!!!!)

     

     

     

    http://www.voguefabricsstore.com/Silk-Duchess-Satin-White-60-wide.html

     

     

     

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