Prom Dress Fabrics

An elegant tulle skirt makes this prom dress special.

Today’s sewers have an enormous variety of materials to choose from when it comes to making prom dresses.  So, how do you know which to choose?

First, don’t get your heart set on a particular fabric before you select the style of dress. Consider whether you want a ball gown to the floor or something tea length or a mini skirt.  Do you like strapless or strapless with a bolero or off the shoulder or spaghetti straps?  There are no right and wrong answers here; it’s all about personal style and what will make you feel beautiful on your special night.  Remember that A-line styles (princess styles) look great on all figures.

Once you have chosen the style of dress, look for an appropriate sewing pattern.  If you are not certain what style you want, the pattern catalogs will give you many ideas.

Commercial sewing patterns tell you exactly which fabrics are suitable for each style. This information is found on the back of the pattern envelope. Usually more than one type of fabric is appropriate.  Different fabrics are often combined in one garment. For example satin, silk or lamé  fabrics make beautiful bodices combined with a tulle overskirt.

A luxurious, elegant look can be achieved by using several layers of tulle. Tulle is available in virtually any shade you desire.  It also comes in a glamorous, glitter variety.

Glitter Tulle

Lace is another beautiful option for the over layer of a bodice or skirt.  Interesting, out-of-the ordinary lace patterns can make great wraps, boleros, or shrugs to highlight a solid color dress.

Lamé

Lamé is an excellent choice for many shorter styles of prom dresses.  This exciting fabric is available in several colors and varieties.  Satin lamé is great if you want a fabric with slightly less sheen.

What are you sewing for prom?