I am often asked about the differences between different types of sheer fabrics we use. If you don’t know fabric, there is understandable confusion. I have decided to make a post about the lightweight fabrics we use most.
Tulle is a lightweight, very fine netting, which is often starched. It can be made of various fibres, including silk, nylon, and rayon. Tulle is most commonly used for veils, gowns (particularly wedding gowns), and ballet tutus.
If you want poof, this is your fabric. Widely used for veils, petticoats, skirts, and dress overlays.
Pros: The most sheer and ethereal.
Cons: Can sometimes be a little scratchy.
Chiffon is synonymous with elegance in the fashion world. This floaty, sheer fabric is often used in luxury garments such as evening wear or lingerie to add a touch of class as it drapes well. Chiffon has a lightweight texture and a semi-mesh weave which is what gives the fabric a chic transparent appearance, as well as making it slightly rough to the touch.
An unbelievably soft, barely there fabric. Great for mantilla veils and dress overlays.
Pros: Nice drape and light, airy quality to it. A natural fiber.
Cons: Snags and frays easily. As the one sewing, I have to say it is the most difficult to work with.
Organza is a thin, plain weave, sheer fabric traditionally made from silk.A very crisp sheer fabric. Some designers do use this in veils, but we really only use it for overlays and accessories. I find it a bit too stiff for a nice veil.
Pros: Also a natural fiber.
Cons: Has a LOT of body to it, it’s pretty stiff. I guess that can be a pro or con, depending on what you’re looking for.