Swoon! Spring and Summer fabrics are lightweight and pretty with just the right hint of girly to them. Eyelets, dotted Swiss and Point d' esprit to name just a few, are fabrics that come out to play for Spring/Summer bridal. Which are your faves?
To me there's nothing prettier than a white dotted swiss or point d'esprit dress. Regaining popularity lately, Point d'esprit and Dotted Swiss are probably as old as any lace or weave there is out there. It was first made on looms in Switzerland circa 1750. As a weave or lace, it's made up entirely of evenly spaced dots. As a heavy weave dotted swiss is typically cotton. On fine mesh or tulle it is commonly known as Point d'sprit. Also lovely on veils and netting for hats....
There's something so crisp and pretty about wearing eyelet. Did you know certain eyelets like Swiss cottons are considered to be some of the finest fabrics in the world and not just for kids and doll dresses? First-rate cottons like eyelet have always been a stylish option for summer brides and garden weddings. Defined, eyelet is a light to medium weight cotton with cutout patterns of embroidery along the border. Pictured above, it is a classic summer time favorite for informal brides. Eyelet is especially pretty made up into long or short hourglasses, sundresses, chemises, shifts, shells.
Organdy is a light, plain weave of cotton or poly that is transparent and permanently stiffened. Sometimes used for jacket interfacing and making lightweight hats. Lends itself well to the once popular daytime formal concept of afternoon garden receptions —the kind a Katherine Hepburn character would have attended. Crisp and pure, it makes up into lovely structured hourglass silhouettes and A-lines.
Voile-Voile means ‘veil’ in French so you get the idea of how light it is. Sheer, voile is a plain weave of cotton or polyester. Dubbed ‘poor man’s chiffon, its less formal in appearance than its counterpart, silk chiffon. It is however, in some cases, more expensive than silk chiffon for the reason it’s not as readily available as silk chiffon that you find everywhere. Best example of that would be the fabric here in Geraldine Le Blanc's empire wedding dress.