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Four Techniques for Creating Designer Garments

Threads magazine - 167 - June/July 2013
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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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  1. User avater
    eatsallinsects | | #1

    Wrapping the chain with chiffon sounds neat but I do not care for the "frayed" look.
    And I think I will stick with the main skirt fabric for a kick-pleat.
    Love reading the ideas though.

  2. Glimmertouch | | #2

    I like the idea of binding the seams with chiffon, such a nice lightweight touch.

  3. MaryBob | | #3

    Jacque Goldsmith wrote a great article about alterations to a classic pattern. It is marked for future use. Yet, I have this article because I subscribe to Threads. When I subscribed to Insider, I thought it would supplement the magazine, but every month is devoted to a repeat of an article already in my reference Threads library. What a wasted opportunity to give subscribers more education and make Insider invaluable.

  4. user-1059822 | | #4

    I wholeheartedly agree with MaryBob's comment. I, too, expected more fresh material and am a little disappointed.

  5. user-1111923 | | #5

    ZZzzzzzzzzz. Same Same Shame Shame. So VERY tired of all the over repeated articles. Please share the NEW and INNOVATIVE techniques and quit pulling from the archives. thanx.

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    MissPat | | #6

    I agree with MaryBob and the two that follow her. Possibly we need a new, fresh approach to Insider.

  7. sharonsee | | #7

    I'm looking for fresh inspiration! Enough of the repeats!

  8. user-1127959 | | #8

    I agree with several comments on those of us who subscribe to magazine there has been no new information at the Insider level. I think you will find people stopping subscribing to Insider membership when we already have information listed. This was not the case when I first subscribed to Insider.

  9. user-2474727 | | #9

    I also agree and feel like my subscription is more of an opportunity for you to try and sell me things, rather than teach me things. I doubt that I will continue the subscription if this doesn't change. My email always contains more "offers" than info. Very disappointed after the first few looks.

  10. MsUm | | #10

    I agree with previous posters ... please, please, stop repeating articles from the magazine! I joined the Insider for additional information, not what I already have in the print edition!

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