HOW WELL-MADE ARE YOUR CLOTHES?

by admin on May 12, 2012

matching stripes

non-matching stripes

esme has learned a bit about clothing quality and construction in her fashion class.  not having ventured near a sewing machine since her 7th grade sewing class, much of this was news to her.  even expensive garments can be shoddily constructed these days, so it pays to check a few crucial items before you buy.

fraying seam vs. bound seam

first, turn the garment inside out and check the seams.  is there room to let them out if necessary?  are any unraveling?  are the threads tied off?  how about the buttons?  ready to drop like spent blossoms, or firmly sewn to their plackets?

if the garment has a pattern, check to see how the pattern is lined up at the seams.  this is particularly important when it comes to geometric patterns such as plaids and stripes.  matching the pattern when the different parts are sewn together takes time and fabric, and is thus one of the first things to go when a garment is being made on the cheap.

esme noted that her new striped maxi-skirt is guilty of this problem.  the stripes match up on the back seam, but not on the front.  however, for $15 esme was not about to quibble about this!  and there is enough fabric and flow in the skirt that this flaw does not come out and strike one in the eye.  on the other hand, if esme were about to pay say $150 for this skirt, she’d think twice.

with  eyes wide open,

esme

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