This is a Miraculous Ladybug PSA
So, I love reading your fanfictions. Seriously, I read so many fics that I keep getting them mixed up! And we all love precious Marinette and writing about her fashion endeavors, but I see a common misconception about fabrics (namely silk) that keeps happening, so I would really love to clear that up!
I myself am a seamstress and costume designer with some schooling, just so you know where I’m coming from. So! Let’s learn about fibers and weaves!
Fibers are the material that fabrics are made out of.
Examples include silk, wool, cotton, polyester, linen, rayon, spandex, leather, etc. Take a look at your clothing tags to see what all they’re made of!
Weaves are the way in which fibers are woven together to make a fabric.
Examples include satin, velvet, chiffon, organza, taffeta, charmeuse, shantung, knit, twill, herringbone, corduroy, lace, brocade, etc.
“Satin or silk?” is that common misconception I mentioned. You don’t HAVE to choose between them; they are not mutually exclusive! In fact, silk satin is one of the loveliest fabrics I’ve had the opportunity to work with! However, polyester satin is also perfectly beautiful (especially bridal satin) and a much more economical choice over silk.
Which brings up another point. I encourage all writers to consider the COST of fabric. It is not, in fact, cheaper to make your own clothes than it is to buy them. Not anymore and not in the US, at least. Especially silk. An average price for a yard of silk runs between $20-$30, and most gowns (our favorite thing to imagine Marinette making for herself) need at least three yards (forgive the imperial system, I’m American and this is what i work in) for a slim fit. The fuller the skirt and a whole lot more yardage is needed. You can see how expensive silk can get VERY quickly. So consider your story and whatever circumstances you’ve placed Marinette in when choosing the kinds of fabric she uses. Polyester is a great substitute for silk and is available in almost all the same weaves. You don’t even have to CALL it polyester if you don’t wanna; just satin or velvet or brocade or whatever the heck kinda weave you wanna use. That’s the important part anyway.
In short (haha, but not really) be more creative in describing clothing than just calling it “silk”! Because silk can be many different weaves with many different textures and behaviors. If you’re not sure what the fabric is called that you want to use, Google any of the weaves I listed and you’ll see a slew of pictures that show how a fabric lays, twists and drapes.
And if that fails, I’m all ears to field questions!
*quietly steps off soapbox and packs it away*