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Up Close: Interwoven Bands for a Bride’s Sleeves

A 1930s wedding gown features exquisite self-fabric trim
Threads #226, Summer 2024

Helen Tieken Geraghty, who wore this ensemble with interwoven bands for her 1933 wedding in Chicago. She was a highly educated woman who excelled in a career in theatrical production, studying at the University of Chicago, as well as at Oxford University and the Sorbonne in Paris. She was well-known for her involvement in local drama and arts programs in Chicago, and her ambitious historical pageants.

A Jacques Design

Helen selected this gown from Jacques of Chicago, an exclusive boutique on Michigan Avenue that sold dresses inspired by Paris couture originals. Made of silk satin, the gown includes exquisite details characteristic of Jacques designs, such as the band of braided self-fabric trim on the sleeves.

Create Your Own Interwoven Bands

Learn to create these interwoven bands in “Fashion a Magnificent Braid from Bias Tubes.” In the article, Contributing Editor Kenneth D. King provides step-by-step instructions for sewing this complicated-looking embellishment.


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