The fabric of the week is a personal favorite, particularly if made of silk. It says party like almost nothing else.
Organza is a balanced plain weave similar to organdy in that it is crisp and very sheer, but it is not quite as stiff as organdy. It is also made of filament silk (or nylon, polyester or rayon) instead of cotton. When made of silk, the stiffness comes from the natural gum that remains on the filaments, while manufactured fibers require a finish. Organza is often used as a ground for embellishment such as embroidery, cut-work embroidery, and tufting (achieved in the weaving process) or flocking.
Uses: Blouses, dresses, evening wear, bridal wear, girl’s dresses, facings, interfacings, linings for sheer fabric
Chiffon, Mousseline de soie, Organdy
©Vintage Fashion Guild - Text by Margaret Wilds/denisebrain, photo by Hoyt Carter
|70s dress with an organza outer layer, in my Etsy store—organza is perfect for the dress's ruffles|