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Recognising Quality

The real story is in a garment's manufacture so don't rely on the price or that designer label. Instead of getting distracted by who made it, focus on how it was made, so that you can be sure you are getting the quality you are paying for.

Buttons

They should not have loose threads, should meet the buttonhole perfectly, be sewn securely on heavier fabrics and should match the garment.

Hems

Firstly they should be flat and even, but also invisible from the outside. However a good hem allowance can also be a good sign.

Linings

They must be flat and shouldn't show. If the lining is too stiff it will ruin the garment.

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Seams

They should lie flat and shouldn't pull or wrinkle. They should also be generous so they can be let out if the need arises.

Stitching

Good stitching is about 8 - 12 stitches per inch - plus they need to be straight and secure.

Patterns

When you but a two piece outfit the patterns must always match up from piece to piece and also they need to match up on all seams.

Zippers

These can be tricky because on one hand they should be hidden and dyed to match the garment, but many times they don't because they stand for the trendy touch in the garment. Still, whether trendy or not they need to work smoothly without snagging!

So, how to show off the quality garment you bought? If you're not wearing it the right way the quality you bought can look cheap and the good money you spent is out of the window. Here are some tips on how to achieve an elegantly loose fit when wearing your clothes!

Here are some tips how to achieve an elegantly loose fit when wearing your clothes!

  • Sleeves on jackets and coats should finish at the wrist
  • Allow some give in the sleeve around the upper arm
  • You should be able to fit a finger underneath a waistband
  • Pockets shouldn't gape
  • There should not be any pulling around the bust on jackets, blouses or dresses
  • Remember that sizes will vary depending on where you shop.

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