Wedding Gown Terms You Should Know - - Jackson, MS

Wedding Gown Terms You Should Know

Wedding Gown Laces:

Alencon is an exquisite lace originating in France.  Heavy cording, on a background of fine net, outlines the pattern of this beautiful lace, creating a durable design.

All Over is a wide lace, repeating the same pattern throughout the fabric.

Chantilly is also from France.  It has a graceful floral display.  Unlike Alencon lace, it does not have cording around the design.

Cluny is made with loosely-twisted yarn giving it an old fashion look and a 3D feel.

Coin Dot features circles or dots woven into lace or netting.

Re-embroidered is a term used to describe the cording which outlines the floral pattern of lace.

Schiffli is a machine made, delicate floral embroidery, made of cotton or rayon yarn and embroidered onto any number of soft sheer fabrics. 

Valenciennes features a net background with diamond or round shaped holes.  The design is flat, sheer and woven with cotton, nylon, or polyester fibers.

Venice features a heavy, raised floral design that has long been a favorite.  It has a 3D appearance.  The background has been burnt out leaving only the yarns which are most often made of cotton or rayon.

Wedgewood is a delicte lace with a point d'esprit field and an intricately detailed border.

Wedding Gown Fabrics:

Brocade features interwoven, raised designs, characterized by a satin weave background, using one or more fillings to create the motif or artwork within the fabric.

Chiffon is a delicately sheer fabric with a simple weave.  It is lightweight with a soft drapable finish.

Dotted Swiss is a sheer, very lightweight, muslin fabric embellished with raised dots, evenly spaced throughout.

Eyelet Lace is identified with its small, unsymmetrical holes or preforations finished with a buttonhole stitch, often creating a floral pattern.  It has also been described as an open weave embroidery.

Faille is a shiny, tightly woven fabric made of silk or rayon and has a crosswise rib effect.

Moire is generally made of a polyester or silk taffeta patterned to glisten like water when seen in defused light.

Point d'esprit is a polyester net with the yarns sewn together in such a way as to create a diamond pattern.

Polynet is the netting most often used to make yokes and sleeves.  Schiffli embroidery is often found on this net and it is popular to attach beaded and squined appliques as well.

Organza is a transparent, simply woven fabric with a reflective, crystal-like appearance.

Satin is an opaque fabric, woven in a satin weave and features a smooth finish.

Slipper Satin is a light, soft, closely woven, satiny feeling fabric that shines in the light.

Italian Satin is a heavier satin fabric, brimming with body, featuring an antique sheen.

Taffeta is a popular wedding fabric, which may be used as either the lining or outer fabric of a gown.  It will have either a matte or shiny finish and will be fairly stiff when used for the outer layer.

Tulle is tiny, meshed net of a silk, cotton, or synthetic fabric, usually found in layers, covering a full satin skirt.

Tullonet is a coarse net used to give fullness such as seen in crinoline slips.

Dress Styles:

Ballgown - full skirt gathered just below the waistline.

Princess - vertical seams from shoulders to hemline, fitted, curving outward at waist.

Antebellum - full skirt with fabric gathered and draped to create flounced pickups.

Mermaid - narrow, form fitting gown with a skirt that flares at or just below the knee.

Sheath - narrow, long lines, straight and closesly fitted.

Waistline Styles:

Dropped waist - falling several inches below natural waist, skims the hips.

Empire waist - high waistline that begins just below the bust.

Natural waist - cinched in just at the natural waistline

Basque - slightly elongated and comes to a point or dipped in the center front.

Curved Basque - elongated and rounded at the center front.

Neckline Styles:

Jewel - circles around the base of the neck.

Sweetheart - dips to a heart shape at the bustline.

V-neck - dips in center front.

Strapless - bodice without straps or sleeves.

Scoop - low, round neckline.

High Collar - loosely around the neck like a choker.

Portrait - off the shoulder, draped or dipped in the center.

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