(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 # 32
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    Bumble bee

    @christinaval:  Crazy! I’ve paid about $65/yd for fabric before, but it was also heavily beaded. I guess we just have to think of dress fabric like bed sheets: You get what you pay for?

    And what you said makes sense, I have a blended fiber dress that has a much better feel against my skin than another 100% silk dress (and the former cost way more). So the weight, weave, source of the fiber, etc. really does make a difference

    Post # 33
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    Mine is organza… Not sure what that is

    Post # 34
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    @Beezysbreezy:  same thing…it’s a plain weave….could be 100% silk or 100% polyester…or 40% silk and rest of it polyester…..I tried on an essence of australia dress and I love the dress (organza) but it was 50% polyester…then I had tried on a different organza dress (90% cotton organza) and it felt amazing…so all depends…I never tried silk organza

     

     

    Organza

    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
     
     

    Organza is a thin, plain weave, sheer fabric traditionally made from silk. Many modern organzas are woven with synthetic filament fibers such as polyester or nylon. Silk organza is woven by a number of mills along the Yangtze River and in the province of Zhejiang in China. A coarser silk organza is woven in the Bangalore area of India. Deluxe silk organzas are woven in France and Italy.[1]

    Organza is used for bridalwear and eveningwear. In the interiors market it is used for effects in bedrooms and between rooms. Double-width organzas in viscose andacetate are used as sheer curtains.

    Post # 35
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2013 - B&B

    The dress I got was 100% silk on the bodice, and tulle on the bottom (not sure what tulle is made of, come to think of it!) It would have been $2,800 AS IS, mostly because the designer used a specific kind of imported silk.

    Fortunately I got it for free because it was a sample dress and he was moving!!!!!

    Post # 36
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: March 2014

    My Justin Alexander Signature is all silk (except the linings, etc obviously.)

    Post # 37
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    My dress is poly chiffon.

     

    I am pretty snooty about using natural fibers for everyday wear, but I didnt pad my wedding budget to do that for my gown.  If I had a bigger dress fund I wouldhave tried for it.  I’m pretty sure just about everything I tried out of MANy many dresses were all synthetic.

    Post # 38
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    @christinaval:  thanks for the info!  who knew there were so many varieties! I just knew it was pretty!! 🙂 

    Post # 39
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    French tulle and organza! Very delicate 🙂

    Post # 41
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: March 2013

    @christinaval:  duchess satin doesnt have to be silk, it’s just a heavy low lustre satin. and yeah people mark up silk like crazy!

    the stuff I used for the silk wedding dress was $17/m at the wholesaler and $80/m at a retail fabric store AROUND THE CORNER from the wholesaler. exact same fabric, same trademarks on the selvedge. they buy it from the wholesaler and mark it up to sell to the public. the polyester wouldn’t be marked up as much because they know they wouldn’t get away with it.

    and it definitely depends on the weave and quality of the fabric. that’s why I think those things are more important than the fibre – mention polyester to someone and they think of sweaty plasticy cheap clothes, but technology has come a long way and synthetics can be made to imitate almost anything. with the right yarn & fabric, polyester can be amazing. 

    as with silk, you can get amazingly strong beautiful fabrics and you can also get badly made silk habutae that slips apart at the seams or goes brittle and tears with age. but you can’t imitate raw silk…. soooo pretty!

     

     

    if you’re unsure about a dress, take a photo of it with the flash to see if it looks cheap and shiny. grip some of the fabric in your hand tightly for a couple of seconds to see if it creases (dont let the shop assistant see you!). check out the samples in store – if they’re grubby and worn from being on display, think about how they’re going to last the day. if a dress looks in good condition even after being in the store for awhile, it’s probably a winner!

    Post # 42
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    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2009

    Mine was 100-percent silk taffeta. It was designed by James Clifford (aka Jim Helm.)

    Post # 43
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    Bumble bee

    @minipenguin:  The decription for 3819 just says “hand embroidered organza over [sherbert] tulle.”

    Both organza and tulle are weaves (tulle is netting) so they can be silk, silk-blend, or synthetic. Looking at the price, I’m going to go with either of the first two. 

    Post # 44
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    The tag on my Romona Keveza says 100% silk. I’m kind of picky about fabric but I’m not against synthetics. However it did work out that most of the dresses I liked best tended to be made with natural fibers. 

    Post # 45
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    My Manuel Mota dress was 100% pure silk.  My seamstress kept going on and on about the beauty of the fabric.  It definitely was creamy.

     

    Post # 46
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I wish I had done more research ahead of time. My is tulle with a poly lining. I love the dress, but always feel I could have looked more.

    Anyways, I’ve also always loved this designer: http://www.thecottonbride.com/

    All nature cotton lace dresses that are super pretty and original. He just came out with a lower priced line that I definately would have looked at if it was available when I was shopping.

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