Tuesday, January 17, 2006

It's All in the Details

This past Sunday's Boston Globe Magazine featured a small article called "Seams Just Right". The writer pointed out that modern designers are using interesting seaming techniques this season to emphasize a garment's construction rather than hiding it.

Those of us who love vintage fashion, have known about this designer secret for years. It's one of the reasons I find vintage fashion so fascinating.

Take this deceptively simple 1950's dress as an example. The designer has given us a basic navy crepe sheath and made it special by adding a series of angled darts that radiate up into the bodice and down into the skirt from the center front waistline. Not only does this add visual interest to a simple design, it cleverly draws the eye in to the center waist, giving the illusion of a tiny waistline.

Also notice the quality of the workmanship here. Each of those darts is perfectly matched along the waist seam. Even the center front seam is exactly aligned with not a stitch out of place. We just don't see such attention to detail in today's garments.

If you like this dress, you'll find it and many others in our online store at Couture Allure Vintage Fashion.