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Bias Cut: fabrics cut on the bias are cut diagonally across the grain of the fabric. Slip dresses are often cut on the bias. This cut is particularly flattering because it allows the fabric to hang smoothly rather than bunch or ride up on the body.
Bodice: section of a dress between the shoulders and the waistline.
Cinch waist: a waistline that is pulled in, generally with a belt.
Dart: a V-shaped taper sewn in a garment to make it fit closer to the body; in dresses, darts are often sewn into the bodice near the armpit.
Decollete: a low-cut neckline.
Dropped Waist: a waistline that falls below the natural waist.
Empire Waist: a raised waistline that starts under the bust.
Smocking: a line of closely pinched fabric
Tapered: becomes narrower at one end.
Chiffon: sheer, light fabric that’s woven from silk, rayon, or wool.
Duchesse Satin: unlike the slippery satin used in bed sheets and formal gowns, this satin is firm and holds a shape. Like taffeta, it’s made from silk.
Georgette: sheer polyester and silk blend fabric with a crepe (crinkled) surface.
Jersey: knit fabric with elastic properties made from wool, silk, cotton, or rayon. Originally made on the Isle of Jersey off the English coast, where it was used to make clothing for fishermen. This fabric is notorious for its wrinkle-resistant properties. It wears and travels well.
Lycra: DuPonds trademarked name for its spandex fiber.
Microfiber: lightweight, silky fabric made from a superfine polyester filament yarn.
Organza: sheer, rib-free fabric made from silk , nylon, rayon, or polyester similar to chiffon, but heavier and crisp.
Rayon: soft artificial silk made from cellulose. Rayon was first used in “silk” stockings which debuted in 1912.
Silk: soft fabric made from threads produced by insect larvae.
Spandex: lightweight, strong, elastic synthetic finer made from polyurethane.
Taffeta: smooth shiny fabric made from silk. Its colour, texture, and shine are the same on both sides. It has a fine weave like that of chiffon but holds shape. Often used in pouf dresses. Remember the 80′s – sheesh!