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What are some good alternatives to Crepe fabric for those allergic to silk?

Hi everyone,

I am in search of a fabric that is similar to crepe but does not contain silk as I am allergic to it. I absolutely adore the texture and the way crepe drapes, but unfortunately, silk just doesn't work for me. I want to make a special dress for a wedding and I'm hoping to find a fabric that is affordable, comfortable and still has that same flowy and textured feel. Can anyone recommend any good substitutes for silk crepe? Any input would be greatly appreciated!

Thank you.

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Hi there,

I completely understand your dilemma regarding crepe fabric with silk allergies. I, too, have a similar issue and have searched for alternatives to crepe with silk. In my experience, I found that rayon crepe is an excellent substitute for silk crepe. It has the same texture and drape and is lightweight, making it ideal for dresses and other clothing items. Additionally, rayon crepe is relatively inexpensive and durable, which is a bonus.

Another fabric that I highly recommend is polyester crepe. It is incredibly soft, resilient, and breathable, making it perfect for hot weather. The material has a unique texture that is similar to silk crepe, and it is available in a wide range of vibrant colors and designs. Polyester crepe is highly versatile and can be used to make beautiful skirts, dresses, blouses, and pants.

In conclusion, rayon crepe and polyester crepe make great alternatives to crepe fabric with silk. They are affordable, comfortable, and have a similar flowy texture as silk crepe. I hope this helps you in your search for the perfect material for your dress, and good luck with your project!



As someone who also experiences an allergy to silk, I have found great alternatives to crepe fabric that do not include silk. One material that I adore is linen crepe. Linen crepe has a rougher texture than silk, but it is perfect for summer clothing as it is breathable, lightweight, and absorbent. The rougher texture also provides more grip to the fabric, allowing it to hang and drape beautifully.

Another alternative I have used is chiffon. Chiffon is lighter and more delicate than silk crepe, but it has an incredibly flowy and dreamy texture. Chiffon is perfect for formal dresses and evening wear, and it has a translucent quality that is great for layering. Chiffon is also incredibly versatile and can be styled in many different ways.

In conclusion, linen crepe and chiffon make excellent alternatives to silk crepe. They are comfortable, breathable, and offer a unique texture to any garment. I hope this helps in your search for a suitable fabric!


Hi everyone,

I recently had a similar experience as I was in search of a good alternative to silk crepe due to my allergy. I came across a fabric named viscose blend crepe, which is a perfect substitute for silk crepe.

Viscose blend crepe is a blend of viscose and polyester and combines the comfort and softness of viscose with polyester's durability. This composition gives it a beautiful drape and flow, making it perfect for making dresses, skirts, blouses, and even pants. Additionally, viscose blend crepe is relatively affordable and easy to care for, which is a bonus.

Another alternative I recommend is wool crepe. Wool crepe has a unique texture and hangs beautifully, much like silk crepe. The material is lightweight and has great insulation properties, making it ideal for cold weather clothing items. Wool crepe is also quite resilient and can be used for different forms of clothing.

In conclusion, viscose blend crepe and wool crepe make excellent alternatives to silk crepe. Both types of fabric have soft and comfortable textures and offer great drape and flow, making them a perfect option for comfortable and flowy clothing. I hope this helps!


Hi there,

I have also experienced an allergy to silk and was once on the hunt for a crepe-like fabric that would not trigger my allergy. During my search, I stumbled upon viscose crepe, which is a lightweight fabric that closely resembles the texture and drape of silk crepe.

Viscose crepe is made of wood pulp and has a similar feel to silk crepe. The material is soft, smooth, and breathable, making it perfect for summer dresses and blouses. I also find that it is relatively easy to wash and doesn't wrinkle as easily as other materials.

Another alternative that I have tried is cotton crepe. Cotton crepe is soft and has a natural texture that makes it a great substitute for silk crepe. It is breathable and easy to care for, and it doesn't irritate my skin like silk. Cotton crepe is also versatile and available in many different colors and patterns, making it a great fabric for a variety of clothing projects.

Overall, viscose crepe and cotton crepe are both great alternatives to silk crepe. They are affordable, comfortable, and have a silky texture that is perfect for flowy dresses, skirts, and blouses. I hope this helps in your search for the perfect fabric, and good luck with your project!

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