USES FOR YOUR DRESS FABRICS
Are you looking for the perfect fabric for a night out on the town? Browse our dress fabric category and you are sure to find what you are looking for. We have chiffon, crepe, lame, satin, silk brocade and many other fabrics for you to make the perfect dress for dancing, dinner or the theatre. These fabrics can also be used to make elegant gowns or something simpler like a purse, scarf or other accessory.
Men, don’t feel excluded. With rows upon rows of dress fabrics to choose from, you will have no problem finding just the right print and color to compliment your style. From sexy satins to smooth linens, you know what looks good on you. Our top of the line fabric prices can’t be beat, so you can put the extra money you saved into the hands of your personal tailor and let him do the rest.
For the creative crafter in you, dress fabrics offer a wonderful array of looks & feels to play with. Make textured quilts or unique drapery with our designer cotton prints. Bring out the child in you with our dotted dress and pima cotton prints. Have fun wrapping gifts and treasures with our various satins and lames. The stronger your imagination, the more J&O can help bring your ideas into fruition. Also see our Notions section for essential items to make your fabric projects a reality. There you can find things such as Chandelle and Marabou Feather Boas to add just the right touch to your project.
CARING FOR YOUR DRESS FABRICS
So you were out partying last night and spilled some of that red wine on your brand new satin dress. But you’re not worried, because just like many of today’s linens, chiffons, lames and charmeuses’….you can just throw them into the washing machine. Save that added dry cleaning expense for your brocades, furs, sequenced garments and wools. Even some of the newest dress silks have been specially treated to allow for ease of care without losing their look and feel.
As with any dress fabric, special care must be taken to minimize wrinkling when washing fabrics containing man-made fibers. Wash in hot/warm water using a permanent-press cycle. If your machine does not have a permanent-press cycle, use warm/cool water. When drying, use the proper heat setting and time cycle. Don't use a high or regular setting for all your dress fabrics. Fabrics made from fibers which have low moisture absorbency are fast drying and should be dried using a low temperature setting. This includes:
STORAGE FOR YOUR DRESS FABRICS
Before storing your dress fabrics for an extended period of time, it is important to have them properly laundered to prevent dust, soil and stains from attracting critters. Furthermore, avoid storing your dress fabrics in attics or basements; these places tend to be vulnerable to mold, mildew , insects and other threats. The best location in your home for dress fabric storage is a cool, dry room. If using a closet, make sure there is sufficient air circulation to prevent mold growth. Always store your fabrics out of direct sunlight.
Your dress fabrics can be stored in bags of linen, cotton or muslin. Do not use plastic bags, cedar chests or cardboard boxes for storage. Fumes from polyurethane foam, cedar closets and acids in unvarnished wood and cardboard can damage your dress fabrics. Acid free tissue paper can also be employed. If possible, store your dress fabrics rolled rather than folded to prevent difficult to remove creases from forming. If folding the fabrics is your only option, try to remove the fabric and refold it regularly to prevent permanent creasing.
* The above information is intended to aid our customers in their fabric projects. These suggestions are based on manufacturer's recommendations and customer insights. The above statements are not intended to be understood as unequivocal or applicable to every circumstance. Therefore, J&O Fabrics is not responsible for the results of the implementation of these cleaning methods.