Are you a person who likes to sew your clothes or one of your family members styles them for you? Would you buy designer clothes but are not sure whether they are worth the money? Then, I would like you to check these following things to get that special looks of an expensive designer wear.
These hacks will give a perfect designer look and will keep all away from any judgments because of home stitching.
Casual clothes can come with decent stitching but a party wear deserves a good finish.
1. Lining & Inner FabricInvesting in a good lining fabric will make a lot of difference. A high-quality satin cloth or soft cotton that is pre-washed will give a graceful finish.
Any-kind of fabric can have lining as they give a firm shape and strength to the dress. Lining for Party wear Gown or Lehenga with good flair will give volume to the dress. If you notice, expensive designer wear would have very decent fabric and finish with lining.
For a heavy dress, "can-can" also gives volume. It is totally one's choice to have layered inners.
First Image attached shows satin inner fabric for a Raw silk dress. second Image shows a carefully selected lining material in cotton
2. Lining & Heavy Embroidery
We are talking about lining again but under different topic because lining fabric are not just to add strength to delicate fabric but also has a purpose.
A good lining material which is skin friendly is highly recommended. This fabric is going to keep away those itchy silky fabric during sweaty times. They also conceal the threads of heavy embroidery and bead work. Some zari thread maybe allergic for sensitive skin. But that should not stop you from wearing any design that you like.
The Image shows handwork with Thread, Beads, Heavy Lace and Stitches. Lining material just below the designerwear shows a neatly concealed soft cotton covering the mess of thread work that will help you from developing any skin rashes
3. Check the Stitch
My Mom loves to stitch different kinds of clothes for us. She used to take extra time to finalize the color of thread, strength of thread and would stitch on sample fabric to check the right length of stitch for each fabric.
Sometimes we used to buy ready-made clothes at throw away price. Even if the dress was of a good fit, she used to give re-stitch. The reason behind was normally manufacturers tended to do long stitches to complete the order in a given time. But a long stitch has all the chance to break easily. Also, the quality of thread may not be up to the mark or inferior.
Don't try to have very small stitches too especially on delicate fabrics like chiffon. It would spoil the fabric making more holes and have a messy finish.
Attached images show the length of a stitch, neat straight ones or Finishes in sleeves which are different but very elegant
4. ZippersIt is no surprise that one tries to lose weight for any special day. Having an opening which is zipped on sides or back will help to have a perfect fitting.
Zippers can be added back of a dress or sides as shown here. Instead of lehenga with elastic finish, zips can be used.
Concealed zippers will give a better look than lapped zippers. An intelligent way of using lapped zipper as shown as (in yellow fabric) will be budget-friendly.
First imageConcealed zipper in lehenga (Skirt at waist) with a hook. Second picture shows how a kurti has zip under arms. Neat and smooth finish
5. Finishes from inside
Check whether it looks professional from inside. The stitches will be neat and straight. No obvious holes due to large needle size would be visible. If the inner is stitched with over lock or inside seams are finished well, then the damage of garment is minimal and life of garment will be more
In some cases, depending on fabric, over locking can save the fabric from damage over a period of time.
I have shared different ways of finishes that keep the dress for longer period without loose threads.
Neat way of completing the bottom of dress or sleeves part is more important as they are more visible.
Image shows comparison between stitches that keeps the cloth for long time without damage and ends without finishing properly
6. Hemline finishes near neck and Sleeves
The hemline for sleeves and neck should be done by hands for a branded dress or boutique products. This simple hack will bring the difference between beginners work and designer wear. For a party wear, invisible hemline near arms, waist line for lehengas or neckline for kurtis and blouses, adds royal look. I have clicked one of our products hem line finishes to give an idea.
Image shows a quality work for a long gown. Front side doesn't have any mark due to hemmming. Second picture shows neatly completed hemline
Having long tussels in party wear adds grace to the outfit. But choosing a pretty one yet light weight shows the expertise. Tussels has to be managed during the functions and the fabric should not be damaged due to its heavyness.Though tussels comes as embelishments and varies as per choices.
The image shows tussels in Angarkha kurti which is not common but a preferred look. Also shows the finishes near neck and lining.
Whats your take on this list
Ethnic clothes have different styles. To get edgy looks, one may shop for ready-made clothes or get it stitched depending on resources and situation.
Knowing the quality of product will help to choose better dresses at affordable pricing.
I hope you liked these tips. If you think there are points that can help to assess the quality of garments, please comment below.