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Inside Dior: Explore a 1971 Frock by the House of Dior

Designed by the house of Christian Dior in 1971, this beautiful frock displays the exquisite craftsmanship that can elevate a simple design to the level of art. But a close look at its details-inside and out-reveals that couture is not beyond the skills of a home sewer. In fact, this garment provides a tutorial for solving all the problems posed by sewing sheer, lightweight, and delicate fabrics. From the double-layered chiffon slip and its wonderful details to the lace dress worn over it, you’ll see and understand what’s done with a variety of seams and edges and why. In this article from Threads #164, Claire Shaeffer walks us through the details of this garment.

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  1. PlayinHooky | | #1

    How were the beige and black chiffon layers narrow hemmed? I can't tell the origin of the stitches (machine or hand), the type of hem (rolled by machine, turned once by hand, double-rolled by hand) or what was done with the raw edges (cut before stitching, trimmed after stitching).

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