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    Dressmaking with Taffeta Fabric

    March 9th, 2011

    In todays blog we are going to be talking about the taffeta materials that we stock here at Fabric-World, and what it can be used for.

    Taffeta Fabric is historically made from from silk, but most of todays taffeta material is made from synthetic fibres (usually polyester or nylon) and is a smooth woven fabric, with a crisp texture. It usually has a tight weave that is smooth to the touch and has a shimmering appearance, and famously makes a ‘rustling noise’ when rubbed together.

    The word ‘Taffeta’ comes from Persian and literally means ‘twisted woven’. It is a medium to heavyweight fabric that is easy to wash, and has great strength.

    It is a popular choice for many different types of garments, especially in women’s clothing, and is often associated with dressmaking ‘high-end’ or luxury items.

    Dressmaking items that most commonly use Taffeta Fabrics include:

    * Wedding dresses – taffeta can look beautiful on its own for the main body of the dress, or can even be used underneath chiffon to create a layered effect.

    * Jackets/coats – taffeta is a good option for light overcoats, and is perfect for coming into spring and summer. It can also be used as a lining for heavier coats, and is effeective in being wind-resistant.

    * Bags – taffeta is often used to line ladies handbags due to its strength and durability. It is also reistant to chemicals and abrasion.

    Taffeta Fabric is also currently a popular choice in bedding accessories, and is used to cover items such as pillows and cushions.

    Here at Fabric-World, we have a large range of colour choices in the taffeta material, including a beautiful selection of ‘two-tone’ colours.

    I hope you have enjoyed todays blog, and as always please feel free to leave any comments and thoughts in the box below.

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