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The first thing that is done to a garment when it arrives in our department (I work in technical design for a fashion company in the sweaters, knits, and intimates department) is to measure it. We lay the garment flat on a table that extends out from our desk and measure across shoulders, across chest, chest, bottom opening, body length, armhole, sleeve length, as well as many other POMs (tech jargon for points of measure). With the garment flat on our table, we also analyze its hanger appeal (this includes how it looks flat… does it look too small? Too big? Is its silhouette too missy? Too boxy?) and its construction. One of the first things we notice is if the back neck seam is bound or not. As a tech, we believe…
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Bindings are details that show care has been given to the making of a garment. Bindings add time to the completion of a garment and it requires meticulous and precise handling of fabric or trims. I have skipped binding seam allowances and resorted to merrowed seams allowances on many projects due to time restraints and impatience but I always regret it. When I look back on past projects where I merrowed the seam allowances, I usually wish I would have taken the extra time to give my garment a little more tender love and care. (SIDE NOTE: I do not hate merrowed seams allowances. In some cases, they are better because they are less bulky but most of the time, bound seams are the better route). Some binding methods require lots of folding back, pressing, and more folding back but this isn’t always the case. Bindings can be easy to sew! And bindings don’t always have to be bias strips of fabric. Twill, satin, or any other kind of tape can be used to conceal seam allowances as well as add a pretty little touch to the inside of a garment.
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