Georgette is a synthetic fabric made up from either polyester or nylon. Originally when Georgette was invented by a French dressmaker early 20th century it was produced with silk yarns. As materials and processes have developed there is a cheaper and easily accessible Georgette which is made up of a synthetic yarn.
Georgette is a lightweight slightly textured crepe fabric with a dull finish compared to other crepe materials like chiffon. The crinkles in the fabric are made by alternating yarns in the weft and warp creating this texture when it is relaxed. Double Georgette is a heavier weight compared to the other types of Georgette available.
Types of Georgette
Here is a list of various types of Georgette fabrics made from different materials.
It is woven with a design or print within the fabric giving it another dimension. It is great for dressmaking, costumes and other evening wear. There is a great drape and the fabric has a double side to it as the jacquard weaving technique via a loom creates a pattern on the underside.
It is a synthetic fabric with a slight sheen compared to a polyester Georgette due to the sheen in the nylon yarns, also giving the fabric a smooth touch. It has a silky drape so perfect for dressmaking, blouses, scarves and light upholstery items such as cushions.
As there are different weights for viscose Georgette, so this is the commonly used Georgette for different projects such as dressmaking, apparel and some interior accessories.
Silk was the original Georgette used, it is still available on the market and it is the most expensive, but it is great for bridal wear and expensive dressmaking. The silk Georgette has a great drape and lightweight feel; however it is a high maintenance fabric.
Another synthetic fabric with a dull finish and a slight crinkle in the fabric. Available in different weights so you can use this fabric to line dress and the heavy weight fabric can be used for light upholstery products.
A lightweight fabric with a satin texture and look, it can be made from silk or a synthetic yarn. It is one of the heavier Georgette fabrics so it is ideal for layering and adding weight to a dress or garment, the drape is great with the satin.
Usage for Georgette
Georgette is mainly used in dressmaking and women’s wear as the drape is flowy and falls right on the body. The structure of the different types of Georgette will be suitable for different projects such as the sheen or the pattern within like the texture or smoothness.
Interior accessories such as cushion covers are great in Georgette as you can digitally print on the fabric and the textures are great for interior use. Using Georgette for curtain accessories and drapery is also a popular option due to the drape and weight of something like a satin Georgette, maintenance is also easy with most of the Georgette fabrics.
Georgette is a versatile fabric; the synthetic Georgette is ideal for big projects as it is cheaper than the silk or satin georgette. The different weights and textures are great as there is the right fabric for the right project, it is an inexpensive fabric compared to silk and some other fabrics on the market.
Georgette is a versatile fabric; the synthetic Georgette is ideal for big projects as it is cheaper than the silk or satin Georgette. The different weights and textures are great as there is the right fabric for the right project, it is an inexpensive fabric compared to silk and some other fabrics on the market.