Monday, September 28, 2009

The Lure of Taffeta

Taffeta. A very popular fabric for dress making. I had a friend who loved taffeta so much she even made her shower curtain from this beautiful fabric!

There are many different types of tafetta. Most are made of a fine, plain weave, usually smooth, crisp and lustrous. Faille (pronouced sort of like 'file') has a softer feel to it with a ribbed weave. When you see an iridescent effect to your dress, the fabric is called a changeable taffeta - warp and weft are different colors.

Taffeta is originally a Persian fabric known as Taftan. Mostly reserved for dresses and gowns, their cleaning can prove tricky. Never wash tafetta in water, always use a dry cleaner. It is known for color runs, and can be very difficult to press if wrinkled in water.

However, the look of taffeta can not be denied!







 


 

 

 

4 comments:

Jessica Cangiano said...

Count me amongst the taffeta fiends, too :) I adore this fabric (though sadly own nothing in it at the moment) so very much. From my earliest fashion memories onward it has conveyed elegance, warm, style, and femininity to me.

Thank you for reminded me about this beloved fabric, hopefully I'll add some to my wardrobe (and/or home decor) one of these days.


Wishing you a splendid week, dear!
♥ Jessica

Keith said...

I really like all of these. Very beautiful. I hope your week started off well. Cheers!

Alicia @ boylerpf said...

I am a taffeta lover from way back. While doing my couture line for kids, I always did big bows and gathered skirts out of taffeta. The little girls loved the swishing sound...made them feel like princesses!

Stephanie said...

The black dress is gorgeous. I am a huge fan of black I wear that color all the time. :)