Friday, 28 June 2013 10:00
Bringing Old, Boring Garments to New Life by Sewing On TrimWritten by d'Italia
For avid clothiers, dressmakers, designers and seamstresses, constructing a garment means adding decorative elements that wrap the whole piece together. In the case of trimming, often that involves having specific trims in mind from the outset to contribute to the overall look and composition of a piece.
But for those of us with a closet full of ready-made clothes, some thread and a sewing machine who want to make the most of the wardrobes we have, simply sewing on trim can really alter an entire piece, amazingly changing it with really little work, time or money. This often works best with dresses, skirts or blouses that have a more uniform look, as adding trim will build off of that familiar look and compose something completely separate. Try adding trim of a complementary colour, rather than one that blends in, to make the hue of the whole piece seem more vibrant. Or, have a garment that’s fallen flat from repeat wear? Try sewing on trim around the waste, near the bust-line or beneath the collar for a more tailored look. Sewing on trim can even help with threadbare or stretched-out seams, making them look fresh and crisp again.