a garment that conforms closely to body lines." Trade
term for dressmaker's or tailor's session with
customer for altering garments to fit her or
his figure. Pins are used to designate changes
in seams, and hems are usually marked with
binding: "Narrow strips of fabric cut
on the bias." (a line that goes diagonally
across the grains of the fabric.)
A sturdy cotton yarn-dyed fabric with warpface
twill in many variations of colors and in stripes
and checks. Classic denim has indigo-blue face,
gray or unbleached fill and is used for work
clothes and jeans.
Measurements of body used as guide for cutting
garments to fit a variety of body types.
hem stitch: "Small almost invisible
stitches with connnecting threads hidden under
the fabric." Used to join an edge to a single
a wooden board used in pressing
to match two edges so that they touch
another word for armhole
you have had this happen, I am sure. It is when
the fabric clings to the needle as you sew on
the sewing machine. It causes the fabric to go
up and down.
a circular-shaped ruffle
African garment sililar to a collarless kimono-sleeved
shirt. Usually of bold native-print cotton.
fringed sash worn over the coat in the late 17th
and early 18th centuries.
traveling cape of plain or striped camel's-hair
fabric, circular, with a square hood tasseled
at the corners. Worn by Moors and Arabs in northern
cape with collar and armholes worn by actresses
waiting in the theater wings in the early 19th
Late 17th century term for woman's bonnet and
pinner worn together.
made from cloth or leather, buttoned up the outside
of the leg; worn by men during the 18th and early
defect in fabrics that results in bumpiness or
puckering in the finished goods.
A woman's jacket with draped fullness around
hips, worn over a waistcoat or vest in the late
large black sheepskin or felt cap. Worn by men
in the Near East, Turkey and Armenia.
A woman's small skull cap worn in the 1940's
and 1950's. Sometimes worn with a large pinned
sleeve: A sleeve that is narrow at the
top and flared at the bottom.
sleeve: A long sleeve cut with a deep
armhole almost to the waist.
sleeve: A full sleeve set into a normal
armhole and gathered on a band.
sleeve: A cuffless sleeve that is 3/4
sleeve: A wide straight sleeve set in
at right angles to the garment. It will remind
you of a Japanese kimono.
a full Turkish-style trouser of bright-colored
silk. Native women of Bosnia wear this as a part
of their native dress.
This term was used in the 1890's for the point
of a waistline that was lower in front than the
A Moroccan man's garment worn for inclement weather
consisting of a 3/4 length cloak with a hood.
shirt: This was worn in the 1930's by
men. This is a loosely knitted man's sport
shirt with a placket closing at the neck.
A shawl draped around the shoulders. This is
worn by men in India as part of their native
dress. Fabric, by this same name is a fine grade
of cotton muslin made in India and used for veils
An outer garment worn on the street by Bosnian
Silk yarn reeled from double cocoons or two adjacent
cocoons in which silk is intertwined.
a white cap tied under the chin.
a dark purple color
a long cloak with lapels and several capes. The
longest one ends near the waistline. This was
worn by men and women in the late 18th century.
Generic term for man-made fibers of regenerated
protein from substances such as peanuts,corn
Medieval pouch of silk or leather suspended from
a girdle, worn by men from the 13th century
until the Reformation.
man's long two-edged dagger
woman's scarlet riding habit with short waist,
fine worsted dress fabric made in England from
Spanish merino wool
French name for after-ski wear
17th century term meaning sash-wise
buckle: a very large ornamental shoe
buckle curved over the foot. 18th century