All About Georgette Fabric

 

This crepe fabric is dull-finished, lightweight, sheer and also known as crepe Georgette. It is named after the twenty-ninth dressmaker from France named Georgette de la Plante. Silk was the original composition of Georgette. It is created with yarns that are twisted highly. Its crinkly surface is its main characteristic, alternating the Z and S twist yarns in both weft and warp.  Georgette is created in both prints and solids and is used for trimmings, saris, evening gowns, dresses, and blouses. It is less lustrous and springier than chiffon, its close relative.

 

Hallwyl Museum / Jens Mohr / CC BY-SA [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Silk, Traditionally

Traditionally created out of silk, Georgette Fabric these days are also created out of polyester. These fibers’ threads are woven tightly though their appearance is somewhat sheer since very thin threads are used. When relaxed, the material crackles. The reason for this is that the threads are very twisted. Thus, there is a somewhat rough feeling when you touch it. In fact, the fabric has a flowing, bouncy look because of this. The fabric’s crepe-like texture creates a very spring-like characteristic. In fact, when it comes to Georgette, it is almost as if the fabric has movement all on its own.

Easy To Dye

In women’s’ fashion, this fabric has enjoyed immense popularity. The material is the preferred one for flowing or clingy dresses. As the fabric of Georgette is created from highly-absorbent silk, it can be dyed in various colors.  For this fabric, you will find various colors and prints available in the market. This fabric is light and thin and very slightly weighted. You can use it as large layers of fabric and it will still not create a bulky dress.  In fact, the more layers you use, the more flowing effect you get from Georgette. Bridal wear is a great arena in which Georgette fabric is used. Also, formal gowns created from this material create a flawless, flowing effect.

There is no need to decorate Georgette fabric, although you can, of course, if you want to. However, the various color selection and the gorgeous fabric quality is in itself beautiful. Plus, trying to put decoration on Georgette spoils the beauty and takes the focus away from the fabric itself. The slightly slippery material does not make it easy for tailors to sew this. However, it will help if you sandwich the fabric between two layers of tissue paper as you work, as this helps create grip on such a slippery fabric.

Quite Delicate

Since Georgette fabric is very delicate, there needs to be care when handling the fabric. For instance, when you use pins on the Georgette you are working on, you will need to handle these with care or else the pinholes will be apparent. Plus, you need to use only mild detergent and hand-wash the fabric before hanging them up to dry. Do not dry the fabric directly under the sun since this will cause the colors to fade and some of its beauty will be lost.

When you work with this type of fabric, it is a good idea to become familiar with the way the fabric drapes. You can add tremendous benefits to your wardrobe when you know how to use Georgette in creating clothing. It is a good idea to check out what the more popular designers are doing when it comes to Georgette. This way, you can see if there are styles you want to incorporate in your own private collection. You can also see what patterns are used to maximize the drape of Georgette. After all, style and class means knowing exactly what the right kind of finish is for which fabrics.

sareeA Word On Sarees

Ever heard of a saree? More and more Bollywood stars have made the saree a popular global attire for theme parties or for everyday cool wear. What is a saree? A saree is the traditional Indian draped dress that women wear. No matter how many centuries have gone by, it still remains to be one of India’s most wanted attires. This six-yard ensemble varies in wearing styles. There are modern ways of wearing the saree and more traditional ways. It emphasizes sensuality and grace. This attire is gorgeous and brings an ageless elegance to the wearer. There is a large variety of fabric and colors that sarees are made of.  With the new demands that people are making on saree-wearing, more and more designers are coming up with a broad range of styles and designs to create a very appealing overall look.

Compared to any other fabric, Georgette gives the saree an extremely playful appeal. Georgette made of polyester and nylon is one of the lightest fabrics you can possibly wear. The fact that the saree is six meters long, means that heavier fabrics would be more of a burden to wear compared to the lightweight Georgette. No matter what season it is, you can wear a Georgette saree in autumn, winter, spring and summer. The soft texture makes it delightful to wear and drape, particularly during the season of summer when everything else feels too hot.

These days, there are plain Georgette fabric sarees and ones that are dyed or printed-on digitally. No matter which kind you prefer, you can be sure that the saree will flow beautifully the moment you give it a test-run. For light events such as work and home, the digitally printed sarees work well. On the other hand, designer and printed sarees are most suitable for more formal occasions such as get-togethers, parties, festivals and weddings. Remember that even with something as traditional as a saree, it is important to find the right fit and to be aware of all the new trends that are popular today. That way, you can play around with the saree that you have purchased for yourself. On the other hand, you can also go to a fabric store and find yourself six full meters of Georgette for a Do-it-Yourself version.

Georgette Image c/o Hallwyl Museum / Jens Mohr / CC BY-SA [CC BY-SA 3.0 or Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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