At Pure Magnolia we do our very best to find fabrics that are sustainable and have as little impact on the environment as possible. Of course, some fabrics are better than others so we are constantly working to find new and innovative fabrics, and well as vintage and one-of-a-kind fabrics that are both beautiful and kind to the planet.
We are always looking for vintage fabrics and laces. If you have a wedding dress that you would like to donate for recycling, please contact us for a time to drop it off, or feel free to mail it to us (don’t worry about packing it nicely, just put it in a small box). Send it to Pure Magnolia #103 1258 Lynn Valley Rd North Vancouver BC V7J 2A3
Silk Chiffon is a lightweight layering fabric. Being sheer, and very light, it will give the dress an elegant, floating appearance. As it is sheer we often layer it over silk Charmeuse which has a high amount of lustre and gives the dress a slight sheen. Reclaimed Silk Chiffon is made from scraps swept up from the cutting room floors of high end lingerie manufacturers who are unable to use the pieces in their production garments. These pieces are then attached together or cut into smaller pieces to create texture or volume.
Lightweight and semi-sheer, this beautiful fabric has a wonderful drape and lustre. It can have a lot of body, but is so light that it feels like you are not wearing more than an airy summer dress. It is semi-transparent, but is perfect over lightweight cotton.
I love working with this fabric! I am always impressed at how beautiful it is and how light the dresses end up! This 100% silk fabric is lightweight and sturdy, don’t let the word twill fool you, this is not a heavy fabric. It makes the most beautiful goddess gowns and bubble skirts.
Organic Cotton Sateen
Cotton Sateen is a medium weight fabric with a subtle sheen. It is comparable to a medium weight satin. This fabric is perfect for silk screening and painting to add interest to the garment. We often use this fabric as a lining for our corsets.
Organic Cotton Muslin
Each one of our dresses starts out as a muslin, and that muslin ends up as the lining of your dress! Of course we went out to find the softest most comfortable cotton we could. What could be better than wearing something comfortable and breathable on your wedding day? Most formal dresses are lined in synthetic material such as Polyester or Acetate, but cotton doesn’t get hot like Polyester does, it lets your skin breath. Ahh.
This environmentally sustainable fabric is a perfect replacement for traditional bridal satin. It is made up of 40% Silk which makes up the face of the fabric, and 60% Hemp which makes up the back of the fabric, and gives it the sturdiness of a satin. It has a little bit of texture to it, with slub lines running vertically that add a bit of texture and interest to this fabric.
Hemp silk is a plain weave fabric without any sheen. It is a heavy stiff fabric which is perfect for fitted and structured gowns, or adding body to a simple silhouette without a crinoline. It has the same texture as its satin counterpart, but without the shine.
Dupioni Silk Organza
This sheer fabric is made of true raw silk, which is reeled silk which still has all its gum. This makes a sturdy though almost completely transparent fabric. It has a stiff, crisp hand due to this silk gum. While there are many types of silk organza available, this one is special because it is made from breeder cocoons, which means that the silk worm has been able to live and escape as a moth.
Cotton lace with a mod circular pattern. We use this lace in bridesmaid dresses for a more casual look that is comfortable and elegant. It has a slight 60′s vibe when used in a little shift dress, but could also look elegant and art deco as an accent on a gown. This cotton lace is sturdy, easy to care for, and easy to wear. Also available in black.
A blend of 60% Cotton and 40% Silk, this fabric is as light as air. It is a great choice for outdoor weddings as the natural fibers will keep you cool and the fabric looks beautiful as it moves gently in the breeze. This is the perfect fabric for a goddess gown or floaty skirt.
This is a Silk Organza that has been embroidered with polka dots. This fabric will add body and texture to a dress, and has a rich look that lends a certain elegance to polka dots.
This re-embroidered lace is made in France and displays a pattern of roses and leaves that has been used for generations. This lace is a staple of bridal designers the world over, and while we generally try to find new and different laces for our gowns we like to keep this classic around too. It is easy to work with and suits a wide variety of styles and figures.
This knit fabric is made of Modal which is a cellulose fiber. It is made from softening cellulose from trees and then spinning it into a yarn. This fabric does not feel anything like tree bark however, it is as soft as you could imagine. Wearing a wedding dress made of this fabric might seem like cheating as its elegant drape makes a stunning gown, yet it feels like wearing pajamas. (Fuzzy slippers not included.) Also available in black.
We first purchased this fabric years ago and it sat on a shelf for quite some time. When we finally did make a polka dot dress it turned out to be our best seller. This net fabric is very flexible and drapes well. It makes a great circle skirt to twirl around in and the polka dots add a great vintage twist. It looks particularly nice over our Silk Dupioni which adds a bit of shine.
Silk Dupioni is our workhorse fabric. We use it in so many of our dresses because it is lightweight, breathable, beautiful, and comes in many gorgeous colours. All of these qualities also make it perfect to layer under sheer fabrics. Our dupioni is made in India on a family farm. What we especially love about this supplier is that they have a system of purifying the water they use to dye the fabric so it can be re-used afterwards to irrigate their fields. One of the biggest problems in fabric production is how much water is used and polluted so we think this is pretty great. The name ‘dupioni’ comes from the Italian word ‘doppio’ meaning double, and consequently the fabric is made from two threads of silk instead of the usual one. This twin thread produces small variations in thickness resulting in the slubbed or knobbly appearance of the fabric. These slubs are part of the beauty of dupioni and gives the fabric its texture. Dupioni is also quite lustrous and keeps its shape well, adding body to garments without bulk.
This gorgeous Cotton Lace is made in England. It is slightly heavier than many laces and, being made of cotton, is slightly warmer than synthetic lace. These features together with its snowy white color led us to name it ‘winterlace’. This lace has a delicate pattern of flowers and ferns. It looks amazing as an all-over fabric as well as just on a bodice for an accent, and being cotton, it is breathable and easy to care for.