Imperial Silk Taffeta

Imperial Silk Taffeta 31252 by James Hare is a crisp, flat and smooth silk fabric; the ultimate fabric for special occasions.

Taffeta has an exceptional sheen making it ideal for both men’s and women’s fashion, including bridal wear. If you are looking for a premium quality fabric for a Wedding Dress, Bridal Gown or Special Occasion outfit, it’s the ideal choice for you. Seen on catwalks around the world; Iconic Ball Gowns and Evening Wear, have been created using this amazing fabric. Iconic designers too, like Christian Dior and Coco Chanel have created stunning high fashion looks. Imperial Taffeta fabric, is truly a red carpet affair...

The threads of Imperial Silk are twisted as they are woven, giving its unique quality and creating the stiff structure of the fabric. A rustling sound called 'scroop' is made when it rubs together. The fabric is pliable and does not lose its shape or pill over time, maintaining its smooth surface. I always make sure to use a new, sharp needle when sewing taffeta. I avoid the use of pins, instead opting for clips or weights to hold pattern pieces in place. Always hang your finished garment on a padded hanger!

The word taffeta comes from the word tafta; a Persian word meaning twisted woven. This fabric was first produced in the twelfth century in the Middle East. I frequently use this stunningly beautiful fabric. It is one of my favourite fabrics to work with. I create beautiful Evening Dresses adorned with Crystals, Wedding Dresses, Ball Gowns and Prom Dresses; Neck Ties, Corsets and much more. I also use it as a luxurious lining. In particular, I love the iridescent effect of the shot versions; where the warp and weft threads are different colours.

On the 4th November 1782, taffeta was used by Joseph Montgolfier of France to construct a small cube-shaped balloon and led to the first human flight in a lighter-than-air craft. Much reference is also made in William Shakespeare’s plays.