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Faille Fabric

Faille is a fabric woven with a faintly ribbed pattern, which creates a very distinctive texture and feel. Faille is most often used in formal dresses and wedding gowns, but has been used for skirts, jackets, and other structured garments. It is also used often in home décor because of its heavy grade and ability to stand up to lengthy usage.

There are many different materials that go into creating Faille, including cotton, rayon and silk. Faille is also called bengaline in some regions of the world. No matter what materials are combined to weave Faille, it will have a slightly stiff texture which makes it incredibly useful for clothing as it doesn’t wrinkle, and can be used as a supportive under layer to make garments look fresh and new after hours of wear.

Due to Failles ability to drape excellently, it often appears in wedding gowns. It was very popular in the 1940s and 1950s for gowns and party dresses. It’s crisp structure is what draws our eyes to retro inspired dresses even today. Another great aspect to Faille is its ability to resist stains and tears.

Like other ribbed fabrics, faille has to be cut carefully. You have to think about how the pieces are going to fit together so you can avoid creating strange patterns with the ribs. It is of absolute importance that seams are created strong when using Faille as it will have a tendency to unravel if not finished properly.

Beautiful example of Silk Faille - Bonny Bridal Gown 128 



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