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New Bridal Laces Add to Our Collection!

Our managing director has recently visited Paris to source new lace and fabrics to add to our collection. We were delighted with the new bridlallace designs available in 2012. After meeting with a number of manufacturers, we made the decision to add six new bridal laces to our collection and we believe these have something different to offer to our customers than those which are already available within our vast collection.

All of the new additions to our collection are available in ivory and measure 132cms wide. The first three laces which we added to the collection make up what is known as “Raschel” Laces. These are known for being extremely light weight with finer details and are liked because of their femininity. The laces which we have added are the Katherine Lace, Melanie Lace and the Holly Lace.

The next lace which we selected was a sequined and corded lace and was extremely eye-catching due to its elegant tiers which have been joined at even intervals by the cording. This is a fantastic lace and could also be used for a matching edge. We will have this added to our collection shortly and this will be known as Jennifer Lace.

One of our favourite types of laces is the ones which fall into the Guipure Lace category. It is sometimes known as Venetian Lace and is known for being the most elegant of all lace qualities. We couldn’t come back without having some new Guipure Laces to add to our collection. Duncan took a look at a number of laces but decided on a sequinned lace which will be in our collection under Layla Lace.

Another item which we added to the Guipure Lace collection was one which we found to be extremely well balanced but it had a striking retro flower and leaf pattern. It is this type of patterning which many brides seek because they want something different and stunning for their wedding dress design. It is their special day where they want to take centre of attention.

By the end of March we will have a number of short lengths of these laces which will be in stock so customers can order samples and then they will be ready for despatch towards the end of May when wedding dress making is prime time.

For more information about any of the bridal laces then please do not hesitate to contact us on 01254 873333 or email info@bridalfabrics.co.uk.

Get Bella's Bridal Lace from her Breaking Dawn Wedding Dress

The Twilight movie series has proved popular for many. A vampire themed romance whereby a girl, Bella Swan risks everything by falling in love with a vampire who is known in the film as Edward Cullen. Now the latest film within the series, Breaking Dawn shows the two tying the knot and the bridal lace used for her dress is now in stock at Bridal Fabrics.

Claire Lace has since proved very popular amongst our customers as one of our French Chantilly Lace products. Within the film Bella who is played by Kirsten Stewart is seen in the custom fit gown which has been made from a combination of lace and crepe satin.

No expense was spared on the gown for the film and from the back the dress was studded with 152 buttons from the neckline to the hemline. It is the rear of the dress where the Chantilly lace is really shown off! There is a sheer panel to the dress and then the outsides of this panel have been embroidered with the lace. In addition to the 152 buttons down the back of the gown there is a further 17 buttons lined down each sleeve and then the lace has been used around the sleeve end.

It has been rumoured to cost around £20,000 and the dress design by Herrera is planned to make an appearance in her 2012 collection but in addition to this designer Alfred Angelo is going to be selling his replica version of the dress. With the build up to the release of the film the wedding dress has been kept top secret although the designer was leaked, armed police and tarpaulin covered the set but still photos got online.

The dress certainly didn’t disappoint and nor did the film! The bridal lace brought the finishing touches to the gown and we are expecting to see a lot more gowns taking their inspiration from those shown in films such as Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn which has proved very popular amongst many.

If you want a dress just like Bella’s from Breaking Dawn then you can find the exact same lace at Bridal Fabrics!

For more information then please contact us on 01254 873333 or email info@bridalfabrics.co.uk.

Bridal Fabrics add to Collections in Paris

Platinum Bridal Fabrics will be conducting its twice yearly sourcing trip to Paris this week, attending fabric and textile shows. Paris is a wonderful city and renown for Haute Couture Fashion and Duncan is expecting to see some wonderful fashion creations this year and is very much looking forward to his trip.

As far as colours are concerned, we are expecting to see a continuation in popularity of strong colours, such as Tango and Cerise, whilst in the pastel spectrum, many designers are forecasting a move towards soft greens (Margarita Green) and Lilacs particularly in Summer/Autumn 2012.

Within our Majestic range and Princess Range, you will see that we have an excellent shade range to offer. These fabrics are perfect for making up into Bridesmaids Dresses or Mother of the Bride.

Duncan is particularly looking to add to our already burgeoning collection of Bridal Laces, Appliqués and Lace Edgings. Trends in Bridal Fashion are constantly changing and the shows give us a good opportunity to speak to French Lace manufacturers and Couture Designers to see where the world of Wedding Dresses is heading.

This year, we will be searching for Guipure laces and Corded Laces to add to our range. Most of the laces will be bought in Ivory as this is used for over 90% of all wedding dresses but we will also be looking for qualities that introduce features of interest such as metallic filigree thread or rainbow threads. These additions will have to be subtle though, so as not to draw attention away from the Bride on her big day.

When we add a lace to our range we make sure that it brings something different to the ones already existing within our bridal lace collections. Whether it is design, handle or weight it has to offer our customers more choice and a wider selection. We also have to make sure that we only offer products that are fit for purpose and will not tear or fray too easily as we only want the highest quality.

New Laces and Fabrics are typically on a 3 month lead time but once designs are chosen, samples will be available so that pre orders can be made which means extremely exciting times ahead if you are a Bride.

We will keep you updated in the next few weeks about our findings from Paris and hopefully, fingers crossed we will come back with some amazing bridal lace and other fabric selections.

For more information then please contact us on 01254 873333 or email info@bridalfabrics.co.uk.

Bridal Fabrics Expand Into Poland

Platinum Bridal Fabrics is excited and proud to announce the opening of its first overseas sales office in Poland. Many beautiful wedding dresses and gowns are now being tailored in Eastern Europe and we look forward to working with clients throughout Poland, Lithuania. Russia, Austria and Ukraine.

 We are always looking for ways in which we can expand our business to offer customers better services in regards to their bride fabrics and groom fabrics.

Mr Piotr-Peter Potkanski will be running this office on our behalf and will act as Bridal Fabrics Executive Sales Manager for Eastern Europe. The office address is as follows:


TEL: +48 41 313 60 85 MOBILE: +48 (0) 602 808 754

EMAIL: poland@bridalfabrics.co.uk

Peter brings with him a wealth of experience and knowledge concerning bridal fabrics, dress fabrics and bridal lace. He first began his career as a fashion designer in Poland and took on studies in Master Tailoring and Fashion at Krakow University. When he graduated he undertook a number of internships which have help carve out the successful career that he has enjoyed to date.

In one of his internships, he worked under Armani in Milan, combining creativity and real world experience . Having dressed a number of celebrities for various appointments and events including royal events it is fair to say he has considerable expertise and knows the industry exceptionally well.

Due to Peter travelling around to pursue his career he has also gained a number of strong connections in Ukraine, Austria, Russia and Lithuania and these are going to be the areas in which he will cover on behalf of Bridal Fabrics. He will be responsible for visiting customers and selling our fantastic product range to them.

For more information then please contact us on +44 (0)1254 873333 or email info@bridalfabrics.co.uk or why not try out our Polish number and contact and speak to Peter. TEL: +48 41 313 60 85 MOBILE: +48 (0) 602 808 754

What is Velvet?

Velvet is a fabric which has been being manufactured for around 4,000 years in various forms. In the past it was considered a luxury fabric due to it requiring more thread to manufacture than other fabrics. It is a soft pile fabric and it can be made from any type of thread although in the past it was tradition to be made with silk thread.

The manufacture of Velvet using a silk thread made the Velvet more costly and so now cheaper alternatives such as cotton thread and synthetic threads have been used. For those who cannot really afford the cost of Velvet then cheaper options have become available as an alternative:

  • Velour
  • Velveteen
  • Corduroy

On a specialist loom the Velvet is woven as a double cloth which means that the threads pass through two pieces of cloth. When the fabric has been finished and all the weaving is done a blade cuts along the warp, between the two fabric pieces and this creates Velvet. It is collected on separate rolls once cut with the thread sticking up creating a plush feel.

Once it has been cut it is usually sheared to ensure all the threads sticking up are even and then it is dyed to the colour required. Sometimes special effects can actually be made with Velvet by twisting the fabric when it is wet which creates the well known crushed Velvet or even using threads of different colours which made very vivid designs.

Velvet along with brocade has been being produced for quite some time now and early examples were of people who were Royalty it was used as robes and dresses for the upper class women as well as in other highly luxurious environments.

Our Emperor Velvet is of extremely high quality and is available in black, red, ivory and claret. We do recommend that it is washed at around 40degrees in order for it to not become damaged.

It is a warm and fairly heavy fabric which makes it a popular choice in winter time when it is cold although Velvet does require maintenance as it is so easy to damage.

If you would like any more information then please contact us on 01254 873333 or email info@bridalfabrics.co.uk.

Bridal Fabric Choices are Seasonal

Where on earth do you begin when planning a wedding? This is a question which many will ask; however no matter whether it is one of the first items to be thought about or later along the line the wedding dress is without a doubt one of the most important aspects. Everything has to be perfect for the bride and choosing her bridal fabrics can be stressful but it doesn’t have to be.

One of the most important aspects to bear in mind is actually the season in which the wedding will be taking place. More and more brides and grooms are choosing to get married abroad and with this in mind it is important that you do take into account the chosen destination when selecting material for your dress but abroad or not you do need to take note of the season.

If your wedding is taking place around summer then you do not want to be wrapping yourself in thick fabrics which are not breathable and comfortable to wear. Although the design and styles of the Wedding Gown is important, it is also essential to us the best type of fabric -  we explain some of the popular choices below:

  • Silk, Cotton and Linens are natural fabrics and are more likely to crease than those with synthetic fibres in them. If you want your dress to remain crease free then Bridal Fabrics does recommend that you go for bridal fabrics with synthetic fibres in them.
  • Brocades are a popular choice and Bridal Fabrics are the only remaining weaver of this fabric in the UK. The brocade fabrics have a raised pattern to them and can be very striking to the eye. They are used within the bodices of bridal gowns as well as the waistcoats and cravats of groom attire.However appealing to the eye they may be and however beautiful they are they are not suitable for overseas weddings in hot climates due to their thickness. The bride or groom would simply sweat although many do still have them as part of their dress or groom attire.
  • Duchess Satin is another popular request for both brides and bridesmaids dresses. It is ideal for adding structure to a dress as it has stiff but shiny qualities. Due to this stiffness it is not suitable for use in dresses which are required to be floaty.Due to its firm quality, although duchess satin can be used in dresses which are to be worn abroad or in warm temperatures it is not advised. For colder temperatures this is great as the structured dress can provide the bride with added warmth on her big day.
  • Bridal Lace has been a popular choice following the wedding of Kate and William where she wore a stunning wedding gown with bridal lace incorporated into the design. The fact that lace is suitable for almost everything is possibly why it is incorporated into the designs of many wedding dresses today. One of the only items which we wouldn’t recommend bridal lace for is within a dress that has a lot of seams as it is hard to get the pattern to match.It is a popular choice for both summer weddings, winter weddings and weddings abroad as the lace can be used to add sleeves in cold weather whilst being decorative in hot weather.
  • Taffeta is a very papery and lightweight material which as the bride moves it will make a rustling noise. It is great for creating wedding dresses which are big and have a full skirt. It is a popular choice in “fairytale princess” dresses where the brides want big dresses like the ones they see in Disney films and the like. If you are wanting a smooth finish though then taffeta isn’t for you as it will crinkle easily. It is a popular choice for many summer weddings and weddings abroad where the weather will be hot due to its papery and lightweight qualities.
  • Tulle  has a soft and beautiful appearance and hangs extremely well. It is a popular choice for use in a brides wedding veil and as an under layer to a skirt.


If you still are struggling to decide what bridal fabric or groom fabric to choose then why not speak to a member of our expert team who can advise and guide you every step of the way.

Simply call us today on 01254 873333 or email info@bridalfabrics.co.uk.

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