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Posted on: 11/11/07 2:41 AM
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It is always a cardinal rule of sewing that the selvages are to be cut away and never included in a seam allowance. However...all rules are meant to be broken at times and this is one of them.

While most selvages are ugly, every once in awhile a fabric will have an interesting selvage that could be incorporated into the design and become an important fashion element.

Such was the case of the design above. The denim had an interesting tan fringe that I decided to use as is for the hem.

I have seen tweeds with interesting selvages and these would look great on sleeve edges, hems, with reverse facings, on collars, on exposed lapped seams at yokes, on pocket flaps, etc.

I have also seen an interesting RTW design where the selvage was used as ties on a front closure and another as a drawstring in a waist casing on a jacket. Both were deconstructed, urban-flavored designs and the concept totally worked.

So next time you're doing your layouts, take a look at those selvages and ask yourself...what if?

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OP Gal said...
Very clever. Thanks for the tip.
11/12/07 7:35 AM
Mary Stiefer said...
I am so impressed with your creativity. I love this idea, too.
11/14/07 10:05 AM
 
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