When designing and making your own wedding dress, the possibilities and options are endless.
We use our years of experience to guide you where you might want some advice.
Firstly let’s get one of the most common misconceptions out the way….Silk is not the same as Satin. We have so many brides say they do or don’t want Silk, not fully understanding what that means.
Silk is a natural fibre, whereas Satin is a type of material, describing how the fibres have been woven. This means that silk can be woven in to making many materials, not just satin, as so many people think.
There are so many versions of silk materials, but they all have great qualities...
Silk first and foremost, is a beautiful material. It is lustrous, soft and fine.
It is incredibly lightweight in comparison to many other fibres, approximately half the weight of a polyester alternative. Even though it is lighter, it is still just as durable.
One of the main reasons suppliers chose to use silk, is how easily the fabric dyes. If a specific colour is required, silk will absorb it without distorting the end result.
Believe it or not Silk can help to regulate your body’s temperature, by allowing your skin to naturally breathe and allowing moisture to stay close to the skin. This is great for couples who are getting married in the summer sun, or abroad. But also is used by brides who may be experiencing the menopause or suffer from hot flushes.
As you might have guessed, this means that silk is also the material of choice for those getting married in colder climates, as it will help to maintain your body’s natural warmth.
For those who suffer with allergies, silk is the most hypo-allergenic of all fabrics. Better yet, the fabric is extremely well worn by people who suffer with irritation to their skin.
Better yet, silk is known to be dust, mould, moth and mildew resistant.
Silk is naturally anti-static due to its moisture absorbing qualities. It can absorb up to 30% of its weight in moisture before feeling damp.
Of course, silk does generally come with a higher price tag, as it is natural and therefore more difficult to source and make. It is produced by silk worms as they go through their transformation from Larvae to moth, where they spin up to 1km of a single silk thread to wrap around themselves.
Once transformed, the empty cocoon is then harvested and used to be spun and refined to be used into usable threads.
We hope you agree that it is well worth the investment, time and effort that goes in to creating this wonderful material.