RSS .92| RSS 2.0| ATOM 0.3| iTunes
  • Home
  • Fashion Dictionary
  • Fashion History
  • Fashion Week Dates
  • Dress Sizes
  • Terms of Use
  •  

    Grain Line

    Mai 13th, 2016

    On a woven fabric the grain line is the direction of the long-wise threads, the warp in a piece of fabric that runs parallel to the weaving edge of the fabric. If a piece of fabric does not have a weaving edge or a distinctive pattern it is often close to impossible to detect the grain line of the flat piece of fabric. Though hardly detectable in a piece of flat fabric the grain line strongly influences the way a garment drapes and stretches and is therefore very important for the production of clothes. Garments sewn far off the grain line can twist and stretch out lengthwise.

    tell-a-friend

    Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,


    Macrame

    Mai 13th, 2016

    Macrame is a form of textile production. Unlike other common forms of textile production such as weaving or knitting, the threads are not interlocked but knotted together. Macrame was first popularized by sailors, who decorated items such as knives and bottles and parts of their ships with the knotted fabric. Macrame can be made of most limp fibers and materials and is especially popular on leather and fabric belts.

    tell-a-friend

    Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,


    Gathers

    Mai 13th, 2016

    Gathering is a sewing technique that is used to shorten a strip of fabric either for volume or to attach it to a shorter piece of fabric. To create gathers threads are sewn though the edges of a strip of fabric and are then “drawn up” creating folds in the strip of fabric and thereby shortening it. Gathers are typically used to create fullness on the sleeve, leg or bodice.

    tell-a-friend

    Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,


    Double-point dart

    Mai 13th, 2016

    Darts are used on garments that are tailored to fit the wearers shape. They make a flat fabric three-dimensional. To create a double-point dart the fabric is gathered on the inside of the garment, sewn together from one point to another point within the fabric creating a diamond shape. Double-point darts are most commonly used on the waist of women’s dresses shaping the fabric to the body.

    tell-a-friend

    Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , ,


    Single-point dart

    Mai 13th, 2016

    Darts are used on garments that are tailored to fit the wearers shape. They make a flat fabric three-dimensional. To create a single-point dart the fabric is gathered on the inside, sewn together from the edge of the fabric ending in one point. This type of dart is most commonly used on the woman’s bust and on the waist of trousers and skirts shaping the fabric to the body.

    tell-a-friend

    Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , ,


    Dart

    Mai 13th, 2016

    Darts are used on garments that are tailored to fit the wearers shape. They make a flat fabric three-dimensional. A dart is created by tucking under a part of the fabric, creating a triangular shape on the inside and a flat cone shape on the outside of the garment. Darts are most commonly used on the women’s busts and to tailor pants, skirts and dresses to the shape of the hip and waist, but can be used anywhere that requires shaping to the body.

    tell-a-friend

    Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,


    Polyamide (PA)

    Mai 10th, 2016

    Polyamide is a synthetic man-made fiber that is produced chemically and is used in fashion mostly as a substitute for wool and cotton and as an extremely durable fabric. Polyamide was first developed in the 1940’s in the US and was used for military parachutes before manufacturers started using it to produce nylon stockings. Polyamide is extremely durable and strong, it is very elastic, light-weight and dries quickly. It is mostly used for sports- and swimwear.

    tell-a-friend

    Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , ,


    Acrylic (PAN)

    Mai 10th, 2016

    Acrylic is a synthetic man-made fiber that is produced chemically and is used in fashion mostly as a substitute for wool. Acrylic was first created in 1941 and became popular in the 1950’s. The fiber is cheaper than wool, stronger, holds color better, is very warm, soft, light and dries fast. It therefore is used for sweaters, hats, scarves and lining for gloves and boots. Acrylic is considered cheap, because it is often used as an alternative to soft, more expensive natural fibers such as cashmere and mohair.

    tell-a-friend

    Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , ,


    Rope Yarn

    August 3rd, 2015

    Rope yarn is yarn made of loosely twisted fibers, that is used to make rope. Ropes can be decorative elements or functional such as the handle of a handbag. When the rope is functional the rope yarn needs to be more sturdy and made of strong fibers.

    tell-a-friend

    Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , ,


    Knitting Yarn

    August 3rd, 2015

    Knitting yarn is a string of twisted natural or synthetic fibers. As opposed to sewing yarn, knitting yarn is thick as it is not only used to attach fabrics to each other, but also is used to create entire knitted fabrics. Knitting yarn can be puffy, as it is handled with knitting needles or specialized knitting machines and is not guided through any needle eyes. Knitting yarn is most commonly made of wool.

    tell-a-friend

    Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , ,