Can I buy special occasion fabrics at Spotlight?
Yes, you can. If you are looking for dressmaking fabrics for special occasions, it is worth checking out our beautiful Chiffon and Georgette here at Spotlight, ideal for making evening wear, costumes and accessories. Chiffon and Georgette are both types of crepe fabric that drape extremely well and have an elegant and sophisticated feel. They are available by the metre and are just part of our large range of dressmaking fabrics.
What is Chiffon fabric?
Strangely, chiffon means “rag” in French, not the first word that would spring to mind! It is a lightweight, sheer material that feels a bit rough to the touch. It can be made from silk, cotton or synthetic fibres. Chiffon can be dyed using almost any shade desired, and at close quarters resembles a very fine mesh, so it is usually (semi) transparent.
Chiffon is generally used for elegant daywear or evening wear. It is also popular for use in blouses, scarves, lingerie and ribbons. However, it can be a little tricky to work with due to its lightweight and slippery nature, so it may not be recommended for beginners as a sewing project.
How does Georgette differ from Chiffon?
Georgette is a crepe fabric with a dull (non-shiny) finish. It is lightweight, sheer and also known as crepe Georgette. It is named after a dressmaker from France named Georgette de la Plante. Originally, all Georgette was made from silk, and the fact that the yarns were twisted gave it is characteristic, slightly crinkly, appearance and feel. Georgette is available in both prints and plain colours and is often used for trimmings, saris, evening gowns, dresses, and blouses. It is less lustrous and springier than chiffon, but still quite similar.
How do I care for items made from Chiffon or Georgette?
Because these are delicate fabrics, hand washing or dry cleaning is recommended to ensure that your garments keep their elegant appearance. Make sure that fastenings such as hooks cannot get caught up in the material when it is being cleaned, and for best results dry hanging or laid out flat. If you need to iron Georgette or Chiffon, it is advised to keep a cotton cloth between the iron and the material, and check the temperature of your iron as a too hot setting can cause the material to melt.
Are there alternatives to Chiffon or Georgette?
Depending on the item you are making, you may also like to have a look at our range of tulle and nets, which also make up part of our large range of dressmaking fabrics here at Spotlight.