Part of the crepe fashion fabric family, Georgette fabric is a woven silk textile that is translucent with a slightly puckered surface and a beautiful drape. There is a wide range and types of Georgette fabric available in market.
Actually, it is named after the early 20th-century French dressmaker Georgette de la Plante. It is a popular fabric choice amongst both professional and home dressmakers.
Types of Georgette fabric
It can be made into a number of different varieties, each with its own characteristics.
1. Double Georgette. Silk Double Georgette is a thicker variety of Georgette that is still somewhat translucent with a nice drape.
2. Stretch Georgette. Stretch Georgette incorporates spandex or other elastic components into the weave for added stretch.
3. Satin Georgette. This type of Georgette uses a satin weave, which gives it a shinier finish.
4. Jacquard Georgette. Jacquard Georgette is woven on a jacquard loom, giving the fabric added strength and a jacquard design.
5. Polyester Georgette. Polyester Georgette, or poly georgette, is simply Georgette made from polyester.
Properties and Characteristics
1. Lightweight and breathable. It is a light, flowy fabric that is fairly breathable. However, georgette made with synthetic fibers is less breathable than those made with silk.
2. Crinkled. It is known for its signature puckered appearance, which is a result of the tightly twisted yarns used in the weave.
3. Sheer. Georgette is a sheer, translucent fabric, though it is slightly less sheer than its sister fabric, chiffon, which is more net-like.
4. Nice drape. These are very flowy fabric and has a nice structure and drape, particularly for dresses and skirts.
It can be layered on top of more solid fabrics to add dimension and create an eye-catching effect.
5. Holds dye well. It holds dye nicely, and the natural off-white color of silk can be dyed in a variety of hues and patterns.
6. Slight stretch. This fabric has some bounce and gives as a result of the weave and tight yarn twists.
Application and Uses
1. Dresses. Since Georgette is not as sheer as chiffon, it is a great fabric for dresses.
A Georgette dress has a beautiful drape and clings to the figure nicely. It is also suited for midi dresses and maxi dresses with both long sleeves and short sleeves.
2. Sarees. Indian sarees are often made from silk, as the material layers nicely and have a good drape that works well when wrapped.
3. Home decor. Georgette is also used in home decor for items like window treatments, table decorations, and pillow covers.