Monday, 14 July 2014 00:00
3 Types of Trim for Handmade Garments and DIY AlteringWritten by d'Italia
When hand-making a garment of any kind – or even just making your own minor alterations to a ready-made garment – making the piece look like it’s truly “yours” is probably a huge motivator. Our past couple of posts have covered trimming and how to do it in 5 quick steps, so now let’s look at what kinds of options you have when selecting the perfect trimming for your piece.
Cordonnet Less elegantly known as gimp (though there can be minor differences in terms), this type of trimming involves using a self-sufficient cord or metal wire to enhance a softer fabric trimming. It raises up the edges just a bit and keeps them firm, straight and definite. Frill The ever-popular frill – or ruffle – has been a staple of decorative, ornate trimming for centuries; think Victorian, here. This pleated fabric trimming (typically ribbon) can add a really elegant, vintage (maybe it’s taking liberties to use that word in this case) look to the garment it’s applied to. Passementarie This one is really the height of elegance when it comes to trim. Picture tassels, ornate cords beads and silks here; it may come as no surprise that this is most common in wedding dresses in the clothing world. 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