Sunday, February 03, 2008

Manipulating Stripes #2

In the past,, we've shown you different ways that designers manipulate striped fabric to make a new pattern. Designers can use seams to great effect in changing the look of a striped fabric. At a quick glance, you might think this 1950's dress is fashioned from two co-ordinating fabrics. Not so. The designer has used a technique of wide tucks sewn between the stripes to give the fabric a completely different look.

As you can see, the floral stripe pattern is centered in a deep vertical tuck sewn between the stripes.

The tuck is spread so the line of stitching is centered behind the stripe pattern, then pressed flat. This pulls the stripes much closer together and adds texture to the bodice. Cute, don't you think?

See this dress and more at Couture Allure Vintage Fashion .