I am fairly new to sewing and I would like to know if anyone has either a good reference source or some knowledge about what differentiates fabrice from the poor quality versus the better quality. For example, in some of the fashion magazines they will show a silk camisole for $200 +. Why so much for a camisole (and it’s not a name I recognize) How can I tell if something is good quality fabric versus cheap fabric?
Designer clothing costs a whole lot for several reasons. sometimes you are paying for the fabric quality. sometimes you are paying for clever details or beautiful time consuming sewing. sometimes you are paying for advertising.
I have learned a whole lot by going to really fancy consignment stores and looking and touching clothing that costs $$$$$$$ in the stores, because the clothing is used on consignment store you can touch it and manipulate it in a way that you can't in a regular store.
find the fanciest town near you..and visit the consignment stores there..my all time favorite store is on palm beach. I live in new york..so the stores on the upper east side is where I learn about clothing..my guess is that grosse point michigan, or beverly hills, or wellesley massachusetts or any of the other country club suburbs will have just the store you need.
some of those designers do things that are so wonderful it will make you want to cry. sometimes you may see clothing by a well known designer..that will make you think " I wouldn't buy this for five bucks"..somtimes the clothing is a rip off and sometimes it is just a whole other world of brilliance...
have fun learning
sarah in nyc
Thank-you very much for your great suggestion. I am in Indianapolis and there are quite a few consignment shops in town.
I do the same thing. I saw a Balenciaga wool skirt that was unlined and had serged edges for a fortune! SoHO is a great place for unusual ideas, not necessarily great quality though. I like to see what the fabrics feel like. After all these years I am pretty acurate about what it is, except these days with all the new combinations it is a little trickier.
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