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Dress Fabric Guide

Fabric mystifies many women and teens shopping for formal dresses to wear to special occasions like Prom and Weddings. No wonder! You'll find dozens of fine fabrics for sewing your own wedding dress, prom dress or formal dress for evening wear. You'll find the same amazing fabric selection if you shop for a formal dress in a store, bridal shop or online especially for hard-to- find plus size formal dresses and plus size prom dresses.

We've solved the mystery with this simple Fabric Guide to explain fabrics you'll discover shopping for wedding gowns, informal wedding dresses, bridesmaid dresses plus prom dresses or formal evening wear for any special occasion in your life.

Remember: select a fabric that flatters your figure and fits the style and setting for your special occasion and time of year.

Planning a winter wedding or a fall wedding? Think heavier, thicker (and warmer!) fabrics: satins, taffetas, brocade and velvets. Planning a spring wedding or a summer wedding? Think lighter, thinner (and cooler!) fabrics: silk charmeuse, organza and chiffon.

Keep in mind each fabric creates a distinctive look and feel for any formal dress plus can set the fashion tone, feel and mood for the entire bridal party!

Fabric choices also influence price. Looking for a cheap bridal gown or discounted wedding dress in plus sizes or cheap prom dress in plus sizes? You’re best sticking with man-made fibers like polyester, rayon, nylon and acetate. You’ll find satin available in these fabrics as you shop for a formal dress or a wedding gown.

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