Fine, feminine, fashionable and fancy! Organdy dresses make for some of the best, most impressive looking dresses on the fashion market.
Organdy is a type of material, consisting of a balanced plain weave. Organdy is fine, thin cotton fabric usually having a durable crisp finish, white, dyed, or printed. Organdy is often used for dresses, blouses, curtains, trimmings, etc.
Organdy looks crisp, clean and sheer!
Organdy Fun Fact: The material’s sheerness and crispness are the result of an acid finish on greige (unbleached or grey/beige). Organza is the filament yarn counterpart to organdy.
Organdy Not So Fun Fact: Because of the material’s stiffness and fiber content, organdy is very prone to wrinkling. The material can be dry-cleaned or hand washed. Wrinkles should be pressed out with an iron on low heat or steamed, with extra care.
Examples of organdy material/fabric:
Because of it’s sheer, feminine contour, organdy is often used on wedding dresses and fancy evening wear.
Organdy comes in three types of finishes:
- Stiff (most commonly used in clothing)
Semi-stiff and soft are two finishes more popular for summer wear and draped apparel. A stiff finish is more popular for loose apparel, such as dresses.
Dresses made from organdy fabric are flowing femininity!
Organdy Fun Fact: The word organdy originated around 1825-1835 from the French word organdi. The word is also sometimes spelled organdie.
Combed yarns contribute to the fabric’s unique look.
Dress your best: sheer, crisp organdy!
Organdy Fashion Tip: Because organdy fabric is sheer, it is often used as a layering fabric to add volume to a garment. Also, its crisp texture can be used to camouflage figure flaws, because organdy doesn’t drape closely or cling to the body.
Organdy material is often decorated with beads, velvet, rhinestones, etc. for innate ornamentation.
For all the seamstresses (I don’t have this talent, although I wish I did. A fashion designer I would be!) silk organdy is easy to sew. The fabric stands up and holds its shape well.
Organza Tip: Since the material is strong and easy to shape, organdy works well for making silk flowers. Many prom dresses and gowns are decorated with organdy flowers.
Organdy flower power! Organdy dresses make for some of the best!
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