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Pattern Hack: Interlocking Loops

Threads #201, Feb./March 2019

For a playful construction treatment full of possibilities, connect garment sections through fabric loops. The alternating loops work like a hinge, with cotton cord or ribbon running through. Depending on the loops’ size and placement, you connect sections with more or less of a peekaboo effect. Each section can flex and move, and be unlaced and replaced.

I spotted this detail connecting the hem flounce on a Derek Lam 10 Crosby chiffon dress. My first thought was: What a fun treatment. The openwork effect was pretty. My second thought was: I could unlace that flounce and add another to change the dress length. By experimenting, you can find the variety of design options this treatment offers.

I’ve covered the basic concept here with a pencil skirt. You can refine the construction technique for more or less open space between loops. Sew narrow or wide loops, and set them close together or far apart. Apply this treatment to a sleeve, a waistline, or a hem. Use a single fashion fabric, or, if subtle is not your style, make loops in vivid contrast or in alternating colors. It’s an easy-to-sew treatment that facilitates creativity. We would love to see your results in the galleries at ThreadsMagazine.com.

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