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Silk Charmeuse vs Silk

If you are wanting a luxurious blouse or dress but confused over the fabric that you want to go along with, like say between silk charmeuse or plain silk, we will help you sort out your choice.

Silk Charmeuse Fabrics

are elegant, lightweight satin with a crepe back that has incredible fluidity. Ideal for blouses, bias cut dresses, lining bridal gowns, lingerie. With floaty appearance, charmeuse drapes well and is used in many formal dresses. Synthetic fibers such as polyester and acetate are seen in satin weaves.  Polyester charmeuse is also available and imitates silk charmeuse although less expensive and doesn’t have the drape that silk charmeuse has. Both fabrics silk charmeuse and polyester charmeuse have the same glossy surface with a dull back.

Image via Flickr

Image via Flickr

Between the two, silk charmeuse is the most expensive. Top designers use this type of fabric for gowns used by celebrities in the red carpet.

In the picture below, notice the difference between the drape and the appearance between the two silks. Although both look luxurious and glossy, the image on the left (pink dress) drapes better that the image on the right (white ball gown dress).

If you are wanting a silk fabric for your gown, the type of silk to use depends on the design that you want. If you want more drape and more elegance, it is better to use a silk charmeuse over a polyester charmeuse but for a less pricey material, opt for polyester charmeuse.