Very sheer, thin, crisp fabric usually (and historically) made of cotton, but also sometimes in a blend with polyester. Organdy is given its crisp finish by various means, some very costly and permanent, while others are likely to wash out eventually. In the most expensive treatment (known as Swiss finish), the fibers are allowed to partially melt in acid and then harden again to a crisp and transparent finish that is permanent. Less lasting finishes may be achieved with resin or starch. Organdy is a balanced plain weave fabric.
Uses: Blouses, bridal wear, evening wear (particular when a sheer, dramatically full look is wanted, such as puffed sleeves), interfacing, trim such as collar and cuffs, girl’s party frocks, fancy aprons, curtains
©Vintage Fashion Guild - Text by Margaret Wilds/denisebrain, photo by Hoyt Carter
|Organdies from the 1930s, 40s, 50s and 60s (art.com)|
|Currently in my Etsy shop: A 1950s white cotton organdy dress with eyelet embroidery|