Using a Fabric’s Raw Edges as a Garment Design Detail
Leave the edges of a garment unfinished for a high-fashion look
Leaving the edges of a garment unfinished used to mean one of two things. Either you were an eager beginner, or you were an artsy-hippy type and it was part of the vibe. Raw-edge construction has become a high-fashion staple, though. Designers Antonio Marras, Eileen Fisher, Isabel Marant, and Natalie Chanin, among others, have inspired my exploration of the raw edge. The iconic Chanel jacket is probably the most famous use of the so-called frayed edge. But how do you create a garment using the raw edges of your fabric as a design detail in a way that looks intentional—and not like you just forgot to finish the seams?
I’ve incorporated raw edges into my garments for years and have learned a few things that make the garments look intentional and stand up to wear. It’s more than just not finishing the edge. There are a number of design…
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