Top 15 Shiny fabric names for dressmaking : Be that star!

We are all of us Stars, And we deserve to Twinkle (Marilyn Monroe)

Every once in a while, if not every day, a lady wants to shine. Stand out in the crowd in nice flashy dresses. If you want to be larger than life and wants the whole world to know, take that shiny fabric and shine away.

And the award for the top shiny fabric goes to – well, a lot of them. You are spoiled for choices in the shine department.

The Shiny Fabrics 

1 Beaded/sequinned fabric 

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Metallic sequins and beads are synonyms for shine.

When they are stitched on to a plain base fabric, you transfer all those shininess en masse.

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2 Glitter fabric

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You cannot get shinier than this. Glitter fabric has glitter incorporated into it – you get fine glitter fabric with a subtle shimmer which can be used to make garments. The ones with a chunky rough surface is used for home decorating and other craft uses.

3 Lame

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A shiny metallic looking  fabric which is woven or knit with metallic threads – it could be in a solid metallic color or have a decorative pattern.

4 Cire

This is a Nylon fabric polished to a very shiny surface  by waxing and heating. It has a highly glazed finish that makes it look like it is wet.

5 Silk satin or Silk Charmeuse 

This is the shiny typical silk – high luster, fluid and beautiful. You get all the shimmery look you want from this fabric – it has a satin weave on the front of the fabric. The backside of this fabric has a matt / crepe look and feel.

6 Crepe silk (crepe de chine)

This is another shiny silk.

7 Brocade

This is a very shiny fabric with beautiful patterns  woven in it with shiny thread. It is especially shiny and iridescent with metallic thread woven through it.

8 Peau de soi silk (Duchess satin)

Duchess Satin is a shiny silk which is heavier.

9 Organza

If you want a transparent fabric with good shine, look no further than organza.

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Silk Organza and polyester organza are the common varieties used in dressmaking and they are very lustrous. Organza fabric is used for making all those shimmery bridal veils. 

10 Polished Leather /faux leather /Latex

All of them can give that highly glossy leather look. Latex can look super shiny and very stretchy. It is a favorite for making glossy bodycon dresses.

Patent leather is leather that is finished to have a very polished surface. You also get fake leather finished to have a shining or metallic color.

11 Taffeta

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Taffeta is a thin, crisp and shiny material made of silk or polyester. It is usually used as a lining (polyester taffeta) as well as to make dresses/gowns (Silk taffeta).

12 Satin & Sateen

Satin (Polyester) has a super shiny look – but it can look cheap if it is too shimmery. Cotton backed satin has a very lustrous rayon surface with a polished shiny look and cotton back; Sateen is the cotton version of satin, with a more subtle shine.

13 Poly cotton fabric 

A blend of polyester and cotton with qualities of both fibers – this fabric can have quite a sheen depending on its make. The fabric can even mimic the look of silk, along with slubs. 

14 Polished cotton

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In this type, the cotton is finished chemically (calendering process) to appear shiny. It is a nice fabric to make dresses.

15 Shiny Polyester Velvet

Velvet is naturally shiny because of the cut pile of short fibers on its surface. Crushed velvet has a very crinkly shiny appearance.

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  1. Thank you for this, I’m just learning dress making and I don’t have any fabric shops near by, I mostly order my fabric online. I now have a load of fabric that I don’t know what to do with as it isn’t what I thought it was. I found this very helpful. Sharon xx

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