Imperial Silk Taffeta
Imperial Silk Taffeta Fabric by James Hare is a crisp, flat, smooth silk fabric; the ultimate fabric for special occasions. Taffeta has an exceptional sheen, ideal for both men’s and women’s fashion including bridal apparel. Whether you are looking for a premium quality fabric for a Wedding Dress, Bridal Gown, Mother of the Bride Outfit, Prom Dress or Ball Gown, Corsets, Bridal Bag, Corsage, or any other Fashion item, it’s the ideal choice for you.
Seen on catwalks around the world; Iconic Ball Gowns and Evening Wear have been crafted using this amazing fabric. Iconic designers too, like Christina Dior and Coco Chanel have created stunning high fashion looks. Imperial Taffeta fabric is truly a red carpet affair...
Available in a wide range of shades, for which James Hare are renowned, including many shot options and is perfect for all styles. Whether your colour is warm, rich and bold such as Fuchsia or light and chic like Swan Lake, you are sure to find a shade that suits your needs. The fabric is also used for Interior Furnishing; Drapery, Curtains, Lampshades, Cushions, Wallcoverings and Soft Upholstery.
The threads of Imperial Silk Taffeta are twisted as they are woven giving its unique quality and creating the stiff structure of the fabric. The fabric holds is shape well and its innate silk quality gives the unique lustrous shine and smooth surface.
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 Swarovski Crystals, Wedding Dresses, Ball Gowns and Prom Dresses; Neck Ties, Corsets and much more. Believe it or not, 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.
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