Being very Nova Scotian I went up to the sales folks and said listen I am not buying, but I am a sewer. I would like to look at the clothes and take a few pictures if you don't mind.
They didn't mind at all and in fact took me to clothes with particularly interesting design details that we talked about.
What a nice afternoon.
Sometimes you know when folks think you are from the middle of nowhere they cut you a lot of slack to be honest. In the middle of nowhere you figure out that pleasant goes a long way and most people are really nice.
I had a huge take away from this day that I want to share.
Sometimes when we think of designer details or sewing designer style as in Chanel jacket projects or LBD we tend to work from classic interpretations of technique and forget to look at what designers are doing now.
In my little foray I learned this.
Designers are keeping up and changing. Like every other area they are embracing technology. Sergers are being used actively for new techniques.
For the home sewer learning from designers can mean as much about learning how to do new things as learning how to do it the old way.
So here are some of the details I found most interesting. All with ideas we can all use. Note too that there still is much handwork but it is strategic not pervasive. I found this interesting.
First a hanging pocket.
This was in unlined Armani double knit wool jacket with serger together seams bound with Wooly Nylon. Because the outside of the jacket was simple and clean the pocket bag was suspended by four long sturdy serged thread chains from the seam allowance, inside the jacket. From the outside there was no indication of a pocket- on the inside there was a place to put your phone:
|Sorry about the fuzzy picture I only had two hands to work with, hopefully you can get the idea|
I was also quite take with another unlined Armani coat - in wool where the seams were made by lapping one layer over the other and the raw edges of each layer turned under and hand stitched to make seams without stitching lines. At the edges the layers were turned to the right side on the buttonhole side to make a binding look and under on the button side:
The same jacket also had a knit collar I thought was both beautiful and would be very comfortable:
I saw a lot of serged seams. In this knit dress the serger seams are made with close set stitches with wooly nylon in the loopers so it looks almost like binding:
I was also interested to see some novel bindings. This dress by Dior has the neck and armhole edges covered with grosgrain ribbon, laid on and stitched versus folded. I thought this looked nice and crisp with the seersucker stripe:
The use of ribbing as opposed to classic binding was interesting in this jacket by Chanel - I thought it looked nice and modern and will be borrowing this idea myself. I thought it was beautiful, and without the old lady, Rose Kennedy look, I feel in some of these jackets;
Finally my favourite.
A simple navy silk duping shirt dress lengthened to floor length. What I particularly liked about this dress was that the concealed button placket actually gets wider as it goes down the dress, keeping the proportions of the flared skirt perfect.
We could make a dress like this, couldn't we?