fairytale dresses
fairytale dresses

Fairytale dresses are meant for sweet and charming girls and ladies. They are the classic costume for holidays such as Halloween.  The sweet Lolita dress is an exquisite one with ribbons or bowknots and a lovely fabric with unique patterns.

What makes the Fairy Dresses Poofy?

Fairy costumes come in a wide variety of creative designs; they can be worn to prom, weddings, or as previously mentioned, to Halloween parties. The common thing about them is that they are poofy.

To achieve this look, it’s very important that you use the right fabric- one that has the stiffness that is required to create volume. Alternatively, you can use a heavier material to make voluminous under layers that add “body” to the dress.

When you work with a drapey fabric that does not poof (lacks volume), there is a way in which you can turn it into a poofy DIY fairytale costume. You can transform the drapey fabric by adding a crinoline, with a slip to protect the delicate fabrics.

The Most Commonly Used Fabrics in Adding Poofiness to Fairytale Dresses

Some stiff fabrics that add poof to a fairy costume that is made using drapey fabric that doesn’t add body are:

  • Organza and Organdy

These two fabrics are usually stiff but tend to be quite lightweight. In their synthetic forms, they have a smooth finish that makes them stand out from the body hence forming the voluminous body of the dress.

fairytale dresses
fairytale dresses

You might be required to use more than a single layer of the fabric in order to form a poof that is strong enough and one that holds for a long time.

  • Tulle

This fabric comprises a hexagonal mesh pattern that can either be soft or stiff depending on how it’s made and the purpose for which it’s intended. The former is added to dresses that have several layers of fabric while the latter is used to make petticoats. These petticoats are worn under a dress that is made using a drapey fabric such as satin or cotton. They create a silhouette that is fuller at the hem without adding to much bulk at the waist and hips.

  • Heavy Fabrics

Some vintage dress designs were made using a tightly woven fabric that gives it a natural stiffness. When a fabric is woven tightly it becomes stiff. Such fabrics have a great deal of natural volume so they only need to be tightly pleated to give a “full body” appearance.

fairytale dresses
fairytale dresses

What Fabrics Are Most Commonly Used to Make The Outer Part Of Fairy Dresses?

There are 3 natural fabrics that are commonly used in the world of fashion. Let us have a look at what makes each one of them different from the other:

  • Cotton

This is the most popular fabric. Cotton is very dependable- you will find that almost all clothes are made using cotton. It appears in denim jeans, khaki, t-shirts, sateen, and gabardine.

This natural fiber is described as “breathable” since its fibers are able to wick perspiration from the body. When it’s extremely cold, cotton retains the body heat to keep the wearer warm.

Cotton is durable, strong, and quite easy to clean.

  • Silk

Silk is used to make some of the most luxurious clothes in the world.

Just like cotton, silk is also a natural fiber but instead of being planted, it’s harvested from the cocoon of a silkworm.

Although soft, silk is a relatively strong fabric. It helps to retain heat during cold weather and helps with cooling during hot weather.

  • Linen

Linen is a fabric that is of high quality. It is also a natural fabric that is cultivated from the linseed plant. Linen is great for hot weather since it allows for air to circulate between the clothing and the body. It also doesn’t stick on the body when you sweat.


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