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More Gorgeous Trims to Know and Sew With: Rococo, Bullion, and Chain

Rococo trim.
Bullion trim.
Chain trim is sold by the yard or inch.
Rococo trim.

Rococo trim.

Photo: Sloan Howard

In the Fall 2013 edition of SewStylish magazine, the story "Gorgeous Trims" explored the world of showstopping embellishments you can apply to your sewing projects.

Here, we'll explore a few more trims, and take a look at how to sew chain to a garment as an embellishment.


Rococo trims feature clusters of rosettes, flowers, bows, and fringes on ribbon. They are typically ornate and combine several layers of various trim types. Use them for a dramatic embellishment; they're perfect for costumes and other bold ensembles.

Care: Consult the bolt to make sure that the trim isn't made of unwashable fibers. Hand-wash in cool water with mild soap, and air-dry.

Woven bullion

Bullion trim is also referred to as "goldwork" and "French wire trim." It's made from coiled wire sewn in a pattern. Vintage versions made from true metal weigh more. To avoid breaking needles, hand-sew them in place. They are typically found on vintage military uniforms and period costumes.

Care: Remove this trim before washing your garment. Avoid dry-cleaning as the process tarnishes vintage metals.


Sold by the foot, chain can be found in myriad link and metal types, countless weights, and a variety of finishes. Look for a high-quality chain in a finer weight to add glamour to a basic fabric, give a modern fit to a traditional design, or create a built-in jewelry effect on a garment. Keep the look glam and ladylike by pairing it with rich fabrics and textures.

  Care: Spot-clean the garment by hand around the chain, or have it dry-cleaned. Hand washing in a sink or basin is also acceptable, as long as the chain is of a nonrusting metal.


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