What Exactly is Appliqué?

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Wednesday, 27 May 2015 12:14

What Exactly is Appliqué?

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Are you a newbie fashionista? Getting into fashion design? Looking for a special piece of apparel? There are many reasons why you might be wondering about  “appliqué". This popular term leaves many people familiar yet vague on the topic, so we are going to take the opportunity to offer a crash course in appliqué!
Appliqué is extremely popular when it comes to fabrics, and even if you don’t know exactly what the term is, you’ve probably seen some form of appliqué on pillows, apparel, or quilts. With the appliqué technique, a smaller piece of fabric or item - such as a motif - is hand-stitched invisibly onto an existing base fabric. For instance, a fabric flower might be sewn onto a quilt. As it turns out - and this might help you remember exactly what appliqué is - “appliqué” is the French word for “applied”. Hence, if you apply a fabric flower to a quilt, you have successfully created an appliqué. Appliqué is perhaps most used in quilting, which might not be such a surprise if you understand the premise of a quilt. However, did you know that appliqué can be used for plush pillows, blankets, apparel, and more? Today, appliqué is used vigorously in fashion to deliver stunning, contemporary looks. Fabric shapes and designs, and beaded or unbeaded tulle or lace pieces are simply applied to garments quite commonly along the edges of bodices and hemlines, or all over bodices. In particular, it is usual with any type of technical lace work on formal gowns to cut up the lace and then appliqué it painstakingly, so that it sits exactly where it should on the garment. Appliqué truly is an art, as the right fabric for the piece is the one that provides the perfect balance between contrast and beauty, and in today’s fashion world it is frequently used to reflect fashion trends. d’Italia's team of couturiers are expert in the art of appliqué, and as such their lace and beading appliqué techniques are employed in most of the gowns they produce on a regular basis.   To book a free consultation with us phone (03) 9509 4633 d'Italia is open 7 days 10am-5pm and is located at 62 Glenferrie Road, Malvern, Melbourne
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