(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 # 78
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    @polkadotgirl:  I’d be interested to know where those Sydney fabric stores are that you recommend. I’ve been going to Cabramatta, as well as Spotlight/Lincraft and I’m going to be making a trip to Tessuti in Surry Hills at some point. 

    I am getting both of my dresses made and I have to get the fabric myself. I wanted silk, and can afford it for at least one of the dresses, but have found a severe lack of options for silk.  Made more complicated by the fact that neither of my dresses are white (one red, one navy), so I’m essentially looking for bridal fabric in non-bridal colours. Nearly impossible. I have found some dupion silk but it’s either in the wrong colour, not thick enough for what I need or feels like it’s going to crease if I so much as look at it. I have only been able to find silk satin in white colours.

    I’m probably going to end up with the ceremony dress being silk-blend chiffon draped over poly duchess satin. My reception dress, which is 1950s tea-length style, will probably end up being in cotton poplin – it’s the only fabric I can find that is thick enough and the right colour.

    Post # 79
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    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2013

    Mine’s a Maggie dress, and it’s silk tafetta!

    Post # 80
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    Helper bee

    @clairebbbear:  

     

    I am not Australian, but I ordered from Tessuti before, and was very happy with the quality and colours. You have the added advantage that you can look at their fabrics before you make a purchase. 

     

    You could also try the Fabric Muse in Sydney. They have lovely Italian silk fabrics. 

     

    If you feel comfortable shopping online, I can provide you with good sources (UK and international) for silk taffeta, silk organza, dupioni silk, silk shantung, silk chiffon, silk satin, etc.

     

    I love working with silk or silk-cotton mixes (perfect for lining dresses), and compiled quite a list of on-line shopping resources.

     

     

     

     

     

    Post # 81
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    @Persephone:  Thanks!

    At this stage I’m probably going to stick to Australian places for the fabric, unless I get really desperate. I’m so picky about colours that I would not be confident ordering from overseas based on screen pictures. 

    Post # 82
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    Helper bee

    @clairebbbear:  

    I can very much understand that, but if you get really desperate, send a PM, and I’ll share my shopping secrets :-).

    Post # 83
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: March 2013

    @clairebbbear:  Textile & Lace in Rosebery is the place to go for amazing laces, they have a huge range of top quality, beautiful stuff but its all pretty pricey and to be honest they weren’t very nice to one of my customers once she told them her budget. go in looking like you’ve got money to spend! while you’re in Rosebery, go to the remnant warehouse on botany road cause it’s run by the loveliest people and you never know what treasures you might find!

    in surry hills, yes tessuti have beautiful fabric but wow do they mark it up! it is a good place to go for bridal laces though. I got lovely lace for the customer who was snubbed at textile & lace at tessuti. around the corner from tessutti in Ann St is Greenfields, which should always be your first stop for everything – it’s so cheap and they have a huge range. their website is also really good so you can work out what you want to get before you go. I highly recommend that you do this because they’re wholesalers and it can be a bit intimidating the first time you go. if you decide to go, send me a pm and I’ll guide you through how to shop there. it’s definitely worth it to save money on silk fabrics. also in surry hills is The Fabric Store, I think it’s Collins st? they sell designer surplus stuff, they have a good variety and lots of really nice quality fabrics. I think they sometimes have some lace.

    apart from those if you just feel like digging for treasure, head to Marrickville where there are a few good little fabric shops on Marrickville rd. very much cabramatta style shops, but not as many and much closer to the city. Jack Textile is my favourite one, the couple who run it are really lovely. I wouldn’t make a special trip if its far away for you, but its easy enough to get there then do go and leave a look.

    hope this helps!

    Post # 84
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    @polkadotgirl:  Thanks!

    Yeah, you could be right about Tessuti. They’ve suggested I try some poly taffeta that they’ve got tucked away – but it’s $25 a metre, which seems quite a lot for poly compared to the Cabramatta prices I’ve been seeing. 

    Oh cool – I had considered Greenfields but thought they were wholesale only. 

    I live in the Blue Mountains so Cabra is closer to me. Attempted to drive to Surry Hills the other day and gave up after 1 hour. God I hate Sydney traffic. But I’m going to attempt another trip this weekend – probably to all of those stores you mentioned. 

    Post # 85
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: March 2013

    @clairebbbear:  forgot to mention, greenfields isn’t open on the weekend! it is a wholesaler but really anyone can buy from them. they just discourage hobby sewers by making everything difficult for them! and they have a $3 cutting fee if you’re buying anything less than a complete roll… but it’s worth it to save on price per metre.

    textile & lace is also closed on weekends.

    and finding parking in surry hills is a bitch! I never owned a car the six years I lived in Sydney, you get very strong arms and legs carrying rolls of fabric up and down the steep streets in surry hills!

    Post # 86
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    @polyblonde:  WTF? Not true! You can get beautiful fabrics that aren’t silk.

    Post # 87
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    @MrsSmokey:  Yes agreed…that’s why this thread (and my post) references real silk/other natural fibers…and not just silk…

    Also, I never said anything about fabrics being beautiful or not. I stated by I think having certain fabrics is important.

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