Luxury lies beyond the utilitarian in details that take garments from worthy to extraordinary. Elegant touches take more time, but are always worth it. Take understitching a neckline, for example. Your stitches serve a purpose: to keep the edge sharp and the lining or facing from view. The stitching is usually done by machine, and looks very nice. Embroidered by hand, however, with a lovely stitch in silk or rayon thread, understitching becomes a luxurious hidden detail.
Author Susan Crane shares some techniques for hand-embroidered understitching, and a sampling of favorite stitches. It doesn’t matter that the special detail is on the garment’s interior. What’s significant is that the wearer feels special every time she puts on the garment, knowing that it was nished with a superlative-and secret-detail. Read her complete tutorial in this article from Threads #157.