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Quinceañera Dresses — Words You Need to Know

Not sure what appliqué, ruching, or organza mean? Read on!

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dress, ruching green quinceanera dress with ruching Ruching (a French word, pronounced "rooshing") is an ancient sewing technique that gathers the fabric in a repeat pattern. Ruching adds texture and is formfitting to the bodice, contrasting nicely with a full skirt.
Example: Mariposa Q15, Style# Q162


dress, appliques blue quinceanera dress with appliques Appliqués are pieces of fabric that are sewn onto your dress to create a design. Appliqués look pretty when they are used heavily on the bodice of a quinceañera gown, and then sprinkled sparingly on the skirt.
Example: Allure Quinceañera, Style# Q110


dress, embroidery white and purple quinceanera dress with embroidery Embroidery is stitching on a gown, either done with needle and thread by hand or machine. Beads, pearls, and sequins can be worked into the design. Be beautiful from top to bottom with embroidery on the bodice and at the hemline of the skirt.
Example: Mariposa Q15, Style# 221


dress, taffeta, fabric red taffeta quinceanera dress Taffeta is a crisp, smooth fabric that makes swishing sounds when you walk. This fabric is saved for special occasions, like a quinceañera, prom, or wedding.
Example: Allure Quinceañera, Style# Q111T


dress, tulle tulle quinceanera dress Tulle is netting -- think of a bride's veil or a ballerina's tutu. It comes in a broad range of colors, like this bright blue.
Example: Alyce Designs, Style# 6943


dress, rosettes pink quinceanera dress with rosettes Rosettes are flower-shaped trimmings made out of ribbon or fabric. If you want to call attention to your waistline, rosettes will do just that.
Example: Alyce Designs, Style# 6941


dress, bolero A bolero is a very short jacket worn open in the front, inspired by the outfit of a bullfighter, or matador. It adds a modest touch to your quince gown by covering up the shoulders. Wear it during your church ceremony but take it off for the dancing later.
Example: Princesa by Mon Cheri, Style# PR1830


dress, pick-up skirt blue quinceanera dress with pick-up skirt Pick-up skirts are created when fabric is picked up at various points and attached to the skirt to make it look fuller. It's a trendy take on the traditional ball gown.
Example: 15 Forever, Style# Q455
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Not sure what appliqué, ruching, or organza mean? The fancy words used to describe the elements of your dress are good to know, so you can tell a sales clerk or seamstress exactly what you want. Here are 10 words to know before you begin your search for the perfect quinceañera dress!
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