RTW Ideas for the Sewist

I went snoop shopping today…well, actually, I went shopping at the local department store’s season end sale to stock up on essentials and saw some great sewing ideas.

Here’s what I found.

T-shirts

Stretch lace neck finish

Stretch lace neck finish

Stretch lace applied like ribbing on a popular print knit fabric.

Neckline Finishes

Neckline Finishes

Here, the inside back neck seam is covered with a contrasting trim; only the back (from shoulder seam to shoulder seam) is finished making it a quick, upgrade.                                   The white T has a henley front placket with same trim applied to button side–only shows when unbuttoned.

Light weight nylon ribbing

Light weight poly ribbing

This light weight poly knit is finished with contrast, light weight, fine-rib ribbing, closed with snaps, a perfect choice as buttonholes in ribbing/knit are tedious.

Mixed fabric

Mixed fabric

Satin woven fabric contrasts with the matte knit.  Because the satin fabric is used for the inside collar, it doesn’t affect the stretchability of the garment.                                             Also note the contrast color ribbing used to accent seams and provide a neat zipper finish as well as providing additional structure to support the weight of the zipper.

Disclosure:  none of the above followed me home although the jacket was a candidate–except the glitz on a casual garment really turns me off.

Shirts

Collar stand ribbon trim

Collar stand ribbon trim

Grosgrain ribbon is inserted in the collar stand just for fun and pop of color.  The ribbon is bright orange; the yellow portion is due to lighting in the dressing room.                                 Note the ribbon is turned under on the diagonal at the center front encasing the raw edge.

 

Thomas Pink

Thomas Pink Shirt with satin ribbon

This is from my closet, a Thomas Pink shirt with narrow, satin ribbon trim on collar stand, front bands and cuffs.  Isn’t this a luxurious, subtle touch?

Ribbon stitched on collar stand

Ribbon stitched on collar stand

In this example, the ribbon is topstitched onto the band with the lower ribbon edge on the stitching line.  The final topstitching, finishes the lower edge of the band as well as topstitching the ribbon–there is only one row of stitching on the opposite side of the band.  In practicality, I would glue the ribbon onto the band; glue the band and topstitch through ribbon and both sides of the band using a twin needle.

Dresses

The last two photos of a RTW dress incorporate coordinating stripes plus an exposed zipper and solid color gore inserts.  This would be easy to duplicate using a princess seam dress pattern.

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STRIPES, stripes, gores

STRIPES, stripes, exposed zipper

STRIPES, stripes, exposed zipper

Please share your snoop shopping ideas with a comment.

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