Looking forward to spring 2015 a hot trend in fashion is sheer materials. Transparent fabrics are showing up all over the runways as subtle skin glimpsing accents to full printed dresses. All this sheer is inspiring me to take a look at different sheers that can be used to add subtle glimpses or all out displays of a environments. Today’s transparent materials are fantastic in spaces way beyond window dressings. With that, I have chosen five of the best sheers for dressing spaces without breaking the bank.
# 5: Poly Linen. Though traditionally a little heavier, this polyester version has great read through, a Superwide width, is printable, and most importantly has a soft, natural look. The matte finish speaks volumes when used for lifestyle print museum and interior pieces that need the translucency but also space definition.
#4: Stretch Knit Lace- Romance. This patterned lace comes in an array of colors, but I think the best is the Neon Pink shade. It has a playful whimsy while giving more subtle glimpses of the objects behind.
#3: Sheer Stretch Mesh: No longer just for costumes, this fantastic stretch sheer forms and flows over whatever comes in its path. It can easily stretch to create playful organic shapes when tensioned over a frame or even just pulled from key points. The variety of colors give just a tint of color to the room while maintaining a great transparency.
#2: Lite Mesh: Though technically a mesh material, when you step back a few feet, the mesh pattern in Lite Mesh blends together to create a pleasant sheer effect. The construction greatly increases the durability and increases the resistance to wrinkles. In contrast to Poly Linen, the Lite Mesh has a more technical, slightly sporty look.
#1: Crushed Gem: A beautiful luster on the face of this material is amped up with a permanent crush finish that is applied during manufacturing. Though the least transparent material of this collection, Crushed Gem allows for light to flow through and will play up shadows in a subtle yet playful way.
Valerie “Poly Georgette” has a passion for textiles and construction. She enjoys developing solutions utilizing a number of different substrates to dress a space. She has ten years of experience creating custom solutions and tracking down a plethora of amazing textiles, consistently dreaming up new ways to use them.