Four Techniques for Creating Designer Garments
What sets a designer garment apart, and boosts the price sky-high? It’s usually not the silhouette. Many designers don’t rely on special patterns to make their ready-to-wear styles unique. They start with classic looks with basic lines, but add striking details to make their clothes original.
As a former garment industry professional, Jacque Goldsmith is inspired by runway shows and luxury ready-to-wear. In this article from Threads #167, she shares four designer embellishment and construction techniques she’s discovered. On a lightweight, unlined jacket, use a reverse facing to finish the front, apply chiffon-wrapped chain to weight and adorn the edges, and use more bias-cut chiffon strips to bind the seam allowances together. Improve a basic straight skirt by adding a pretty kick pleat in sheer fabric.
Enjoy a key privilege of sewing at home: being able to select and apply elegant touches, just like a designer.
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