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Styles of Fashion


Designers create fashions that accommodate our lifestyles.  Today's life styles have created a demand for more comfortable care-free style of clothing.  As a dress maker, you should familiarize yourself with current fashion trends.  Keep yourself up to date with the latest styles, fabrics, trims, colors, and patterns.

Styles of Fashion

A-line - A garment with sloping sides, the widest part being at the hemline.

Apron-front -  A matching apron-like flap on the front of the dress or skirt.

Bell-bottoms - Tight fitting trousers that flare out below the knee, similar to manner of the trouser worn by-sailors.

Bell-sleeve - A straight sleeve flaring out at the bottom hem line.

Bikini - A two piece bathing suit.

Cap Sleeve - Extension of shoulder and upper armhole to cover just the top of the arm.

Cowl - A neckline cut on the bias, which drop into a soft "U" on the front of the top.

Culottes - A combination of dress or skirt and shorts, often with center front and center back pleat to hide the crotch seam.

Double-breasted - A jacket or coat with a wide overlap from one breast to the other. Generally fastened with a double row of buttons.

Empire line- A style with no waistline, but with a seam placed higher, under the bust.  This type of fashion was developed in France when Napoleon was emperor and soon spread to western countries.

Halter - A garment, usually a dress or top. with no sleeves, and the bodice being supported by a fabric band passing around to the back of the neck.

Hipster - Skirts or pants that starts at the hips instead of the waist.

Mini skirt - A very short skirt which originated in the 1960's in England.

Over blouse- A large loose blouse reaching the hips and not tucked in the waistband.

Princess line- Seams running from shoulder to hem with no break at the waist.

Puff sleeve- A full sleeve that is gathered at the shoulder seam.

Sarong - A long cotton or silk fabric skirt that is wrapped around the waist and tied. Often worn as a bathing suit cover-up.

Tunic - An over garment worn with, and slightly shorter than, a straight skirt.

Turtleneck - A high, rolled collar, usually made with knit stretch fabric.

Yoke - A separately made shoulder piece of bodice, or a separate top piece of a top or skirt.




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