Voile is a thin, plain-weave, semitransparent fabric that have woven in stripes; or can have other surface patterning applied.
Plain weave; made stiff becasue of tight twist (called voile twist) of fine yarns.
Cotton, or cotton blends with linen, polyester, rayon. There is also a wool voile, and a silk, polyester or nylon voile.
Sheer fabric. Patterns are woven into fabric structure.
Soft, moderately stiff, elastic, slightly sharp, porous. lightweight fabric.
A nice crisp drape.
It’s easy to cut, sew, and press.
Voile is very similar to chiffon. It is also close to lawn, but softer.
The term comes from French, and means veil.
Best use for:
Blouses, shirts, dresses (either in multiple layers or laid over a second material), nightgowns, lingerie, children’s clothing. Rarely used for bridal wear, party dresses, trim and millinery.
Interrior: curtains (mostly from polyester or nylon voile).
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