Understanding different fabric qualities and their uses is essential to starting a project of any kind. A fabric quality describes the basic fabric type, while its content describes the actual fibers that make it up. Building your fabric knowledge will benefit your creative sewing process immensely, as well as saving you time and money. Here we will discuss one major fabric quality: Chiffon.
What is Chiffon?
Chiffon is a lightweight, highly breathable fabric that is often used in evening wear, bridal, lingerie, and accessories. Common fabric contents of chiffon might include silk, cotton, nylon, polyester, or rayon. The phrase “chiffon fabric” can describe fabrics of many different contents, but they all have a few things in common including their sheerness, weight, and weave.
Chiffon fabrics were first created in France as a silk, and then arrived in the United States where they began experimenting with using other yarns such as nylon and polyester. Much of today’s chiffon is made up of polyester in order to keep costs low and provide durability. While silk is a natural fiber that is very breathable and requires dry-cleaning, polyester is a synthetic, meaning it is made of chemical compounds.
How is Chiffon Used?
Chiffon is a staple in a women’s wardrobe, notably for special occasion pieces. You will often see chiffon making up matching, layered bridesmaids dresses, sheer, ruffled lingerie, baby-doll sleeves on a sundress, wedding veils, and countless other delicate garments. To the dressmaker, chiffon fabric is a staple for anything and everything evening wear, as it drapes beautifully with little effort. Don’t forget to line your chiffon garment, however, if it is not intended to be totally transparent. Typical lining fabrics for a chiffon garment might include a similar yet more opaque quality, such as CDC, satin, crepe, or mesh.
What Kind of Chiffon Do I Need?
If you’re looking for a relatively inexpensive style with a bit of stretch, for a more casual feel, check out our Matte Jersey Chiffon colors. For a more ethereal, elegant look, you may want to look into a Pearl Silk Chiffon. If you are looking to use a chiffon as a lining or for a basic blouse, try a Chinese High-Multi Chiffon. Looking for something with a novelty feel for a special occasion dress? Check out our Iridescent and Ombre Chiffon qualities. Always stay updated on our “Collections” page for new chiffons and other qualities that are new and trending for your next project or collections.
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