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Georgette vs chiffon

Mare | Posted in Fabric and Trim on

I  have found a pattern for a floor length  evening dress that calls for either georgette or chiffon, and my friend is interested in making it  to use as a wedding dress. (The wedding will be at one of the tropical islands, so she wants it to be light and flowing!)    I know they each require special handling, but  which one would be considered the best for the project?       

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  1. SewNancy | | #1

    Georgette is usually thicker than chiffon but also sheer and neither are easy fabrics to sew. In either case I would only use silk.
    Nancy

    1. Mare | | #2

      If I intend to use white, would you then suggest the silk chiffon?

      1. woodruff | | #3

        Mare, are you an experienced seamstress? I hope? Because both will be difficult to sew, but chiffon will have you using swear words you didn't know you knew...

        1. Mare | | #4

          Yes, I would consider my self an experienced seamstress!  I have already made this dress in georgette, and, as you say, I learned, and even made up a few new  words doing it!!  The georgette  is wonderful  to wear (and wash), but I thought  the  chiffon would be a little more special  ( luxurious) for a wedding.     Perhaps I will look for some nice silk chiffon and give  at least one layer of the dress a try.  Thanx for you  comments!

          1. FitnessNut | | #5

            I agree that chiffon would be more special and luxurious for a wedding, especially silk. And since you're experienced, as long as you are careful and patient, it will turn out beautifully. It helps that you have made the dress before.I made a non-traditional chiffon wedding dress several years ago from three layers of varying colours, with the top layer a hand-dyed silk of incredible quality. The silk was the easiest of the three to handle. IMO, multiple layers of chiffon give an ethereal quality that can't be duplicated by any other fabric.Good luck with it! Post pictures!

          2. SewNancy | | #6

            Only use silk. It will be that much more beautiful. And if you are going to work that hard at least the fabric will be worth it.
            Nancy

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