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A

Accordion Pleats

Accordion pleats are a series of permanent folds of equal width in alternating opposite directions. 

Activewear

Activewear, or sportswear, is casual clothing that is comfortable to wear when exercising or partaking in sport.

A-line Silhouette 

A design with an A-line silhouette replicates the letter A by flaring out from the top, like a funnel, narrow and fitted at the neck and shoulders, skimming the hips and widening toward the bottom, with little or no shaping at the waist. 

Angel Gown

An Angel Gown is a burial gown for an infant.

Angel Sleeve

Instead of being fitted to the arm, angel sleeves are cut with excessive material so that they have the appearance of 'wings'.

Appliqué

Appliqué is a decorative design made by cutting pieces of material and applying them to the surface of another for decoration and is often embellished with beadwork.

Armscye

Armscye, or armhole, is an opening in a garment for the attachment of a sleeve. 

Ascot Tie

The ascot tie is a necktie with a narrow neckband and wide wings laid one across the other.

Assemble

Assembling is the process during which a dressmaker bring all the individual pattern pieces together to make up the final garment. 

Asymmetric

An asymmetrical design does not visually appear identical on both sides of an imagionary central line. 

Asymmetric Neckline

An asymmetric neckline simply means it is not identical on both sides.



B

Baby Doll Silhouette

A design with a baby doll silhouette has a tent-like silhouette and will always be hemmed short above the knee. 

Balance

The balance of a garment is said to be correct when the warp hangs straight down the centre front and back while the weft runs horizontally, parallel with the bust- and hipline. 

Ball Gown

A ball gown is a formal gown to be worn by women to Banquite Balls and other White Tie events.

Band Collar

The band collar is a standing band-shaped collar that encircles the neck without a full turndown or a collar 'cape'. It can be any height, but is usually under 5centimetre at the front, so as not to push up into the chin. 

Bateau Neckline

A bateau neckline refers to a wide neckline that runs horizontally across the collarbone, front and back, and curves up to the shoulder points where it hangs.

Batwing Sleeve

The batwing sleeve, or magyar sleeve, is long with a deep armhole, tapering towards the wrist.

Bead

A bead is a small round object with a hole to allow it to be threaded on a cord or wire.

Beadwork

Beadwork is the art or craft of attaching beads to one another or to cloth, usually by the use of a needle and thread or soft flexible wire. 

Bead Chrocet

Bead crochet is a crochet technique that incorporates beads into a crochet fabric. 

Bead Embroidery

Bead embroidery is a type of beadwork that uses a needle and thread to stitch beads to a surface of fabric. 

Beaded Knitting

Beaded knitting is a type of knitting in which the stitches are decorated with beads.

Bead Stringing

Bead stringing is the putting of beads on string that can range from sliding a single bead onto a thread-like medium to multiple strands of interwoven levels. 

Bead Weaving

Bead weaving use seed beads that can is done either on a loom or with off-loom stitches. 

Bell Sleeve

The bell sleeve is long and fitted from the shoulder to the wrist and gently flared from the wrist onward. 

Bespoke

Bespoke is a term commonly used in high-end tailoring reserved for individually patterned and crafted men's clothing, analogous to women's haute couture, in contrast with mass manufactured ready-to-wear. 

Bias

The bias, or cross-grain, direction of a piece of woven fabric is at a 45 degree angle to its warp and weft thread. 

Bias Tape

Bias tape is a narrow strip of fabric cut on the bias, used in the making of piping, binding seams and finishing raw edges. 

Bishop Sleeve

The bishop sleeve is long and fuller at the bottom than the top and gathered into a cuff.

Black Tie

Black Tie is an evening dresscode which is less formal than White Tie, consisting of a black dinner jacket, matching trousers, white shirt and black bow tie or possibly military dress or national costume. 

Blouse

Blouse is an outer garment, usually loose, that is similar to a shirt and reaches from the neck to the waist or below. Nowadays blouse refers almost always to a woman's shirt that buttons down the front. 

Bodice

The bodice refer to the upper portion of a one- or two-piece dress, in distinction to the skirt and sleeves, covering the body from the neck to the waist, lacking sleeves or with detachable sleeves.

Bolo Tie

The bolo tie is a necktie consisting of a heavy cord held in front by an ornamental clasp or slide.

Boning

Boning refers to rigid strips of material used to maintain the shape of a garment, traditionally seen on a corset or the bodice of a garment. 

Boutonnière

Boutonnière is a small flower, or bunch of flowers, worn in a buttonhole or pinned to the lapel of a jacket for special social events.

Bow Tie

The bow tie is a man’s necktie tied in a bow around the throat. 

Box Pleats

Box pleays are knife pleats back-to-back and have a tendency to spring out from the waistline. 

Braid

A braid is a weave of three or more strands of fibers, ribbons or cords for decoration. 

Business Casual

Business casual is any standard of dress used in many business environments that does not include a business suit and tie and excludes certain casual clothes. 

Bust Dart

This dart is specifically designed to help the fabric fit to the curves of the breast. 

Butterfly Sleeve

The butterfly sleeve is usually found on dresses or formal blouses that start at the shoulder and get wider toward the end of the sleeve. 

Button

A button is a knob or disc that is passed through a loop or buttonhole, serving as a fastener. 

Buttonhole

A buttonhole is a hole through which a button is pushed to secure a garment or some part of a garment. 


C

Camisole

A camisole or cami is a sleeveless undergarment for women, normally extending to the waist with spaghetti straps but have also become an outergarment in modern use. 

Cap Sleeve

The cap sleeve is very short, covering only the shoulder and does not extend below armpit level. 

Cartridge Pleats

Cartridge pleats are used to gather a large amount of fabric into a small waistband or armscye without adding bulk to the seam. 

Casual Attire

Casual Attire is the dress code which emphasizes comfort and personal expression over presentation and uniformity.

Cathedral Train

A cathedral train cascades between 0.9m to 1.8m in length from the front of the gown’s hemline. 

Centre Front Seam

The centre front seam runs vertically down the centre front of a garment. 

Centre Back Seam

The centre back seam runs vertically down the centre back of a garment. 

Chapel Train

The chapel train measures approximately 30cm to 60cm from the front of the gown’s hemline.

Chemise

A chemise or shift is a loose-fitting, sleeveless, shirt-like undergarment or piece of lingerie, it can also refer to a provocative, short, sleeveless dress that hangs straight from the shoulders and fits loosely at the waist.

Choli

A choli is a midriff-baring blouse, cut to fit tightly to the body with short sleeves, a low neck and is usually cropped to allow exposure of the navel with cut-out backs and front-opening buttons. 

Clip-on Tie

A clip-on tie is a bow- or necktie which is permanently tied with a dimple just below the knot. 

Closed-ended Zipper

A closed-ended zipper is closed at both ends and often used in baggage, rather than clothing.

Coat Silhouette

The coat silhouette is a gown tailored like a coat with a front closure. 

Cocktail Gown

A type of women's evening dress suitable for semi-formal occasions or cocktail parties.  

Coil Zipper

A coil zipper has the slider running on two coils on each side.

Collar

A collar is the part of an upper garment that fits around the neck and throat. 

Collar Pin

A collar pin is a piece of men's jewellery that holds the two ends of a dress shirt collar together and passes underneath the knot of a necktie. 

Cord

A long, thin, flexible length of twisted yarns of fibre i.e. rope, used as a decorative trim. 

Corset

The Fashion Industry use the term to refer to a top that mimic the look of traditional corset without actually acting as one.

Couching

Couching is an embroidery technique in which yarn or other materials are laid across the surface of the ground fabric and fastened in place with small stitches of the same or a different yarn.

Court Train

The court train is slightly longer than the sweeping train, measuring 15cm to 30cm from the front of the gown’s hemline.

Couture

Couture is an abbreviation of Haute Couture and refers to the same thing in spirit.

Cowl Neckline

A cowl neckline resembles an unstructured, floppy turtleneck and drapes below the collarbone.

Cowl Sleeve

The cowl sleeve produces a silhouette which gives bulk just above the level of the bust. 

Cravat

The cravat is a wide fabric band worn as a necktie by men, having long ends hanging in front. 

Crew Neckline

A crew neckline is a type of jewel neckline specifically designed for shirts, with the only distinction being that is finished off with an additional panel, usually ribbing. 

Crochet

Crochet is needlework made by looping thread with a hooked needle.

Cut

Cut is the style or shape of a garment as opposed to its fabric or trimmings. 


D

Darning

Darning is a sewing technique for repairing holes or worn areas in fabric or knitting using needle and thread alone. 

Dart

A dart is a fold sewn into fabric to help provide a three-dimensional shape to a garment. 

Dart Seam

A dart seam is a dart that actually forms a part of the pattern contour and is therefor treated much like most seams. 

Diagonal Waistline

A diagonal waistline is an asymmetrical waistline that runs diagonally across the body. 

Dolman Sleeve

The dolman sleeve is long and very wide at the top and narrow at the wrist. 

Doublet

A doublet is a man’s close-fitting jacket, with or without sleeves. Men in Europe wore doublets from the 1400s to the 1600s. 

Drafting

Drafting is the process during which a pattern-cutter draft the outline of a design to a particular style on a sheet of thin paper.

Dress

A dress is an item of clothing, usually worn by a woman or girl, which covers the upper part of the body as well as below the waist. 

Dinner Gown

A dinner gown is a formal gown worn when fashionable people dressed for dinner.

Dress Code

Dress code is a formal specification of acceptable attire for a specific event or location.

Drop Shoulder Sleeve

A drop shoulder sleeve is a seam line that hangs down from the shoulders to form a sleeve. 

Dropped Waistline

A dropped waistline is a low horizontal waistline that usually falls near the level of the upper hips. 


E

Embroidery

Embroidery is the art of decorating fabric or other materials with needle and thread or yarn. 

Empire Neckline

The empire neckline is square-shaped and has a horizontal coverage of the breasts that forms a frame around the collarbone. 

Empire Silhouette

An empire silhouette is high-waisted, gathered or fitted near or just under the bust with a long loose skirt which skims the body. 

Empire Waistline

An empire waistline is a high waistline that cuts horizontally across the body just below the bust. 

Engageante

Engageantes are false sleeves worn with women's clothing.

Evening Gown

An evening gown is an elegant gown worn by women, especially for social events in the evening.


F

Facing

Facing is fabric applied to a garment edge on the inside to provide a neat finish to edges of a garment. 

Fashion Design

Fashion Design is the art of the application of design and aesthetics or natural beauty to clothing and accessories.

Fashion Designers

Fashion Designers attempt to design clothes which are functional as well as aesthetically pleasing.

Flat Seam

A flat seam has two pieces of fabric joined edge to edge with no overlap and sewn with hand or machine stitching that encloses the raw edges. 

Flounce

A flounce, or frill, is a curved strip of fabric applying the inner, or shorter, edge to the garment as a trim. 

Fluted Pleats

Fluted pleats are very small, rounded or pressed pleats used as trimmings. 

Fortuny Pleats

Fortuny pleats are crisp pleats set in silk fabrics by designer Mariano Fortuny in the early 20th century, using a secret pleat-setting process which is still not understood. 

French Dart

Another form of a bust dart that runs with a curve starting in the side seam of the garment to curve upwards toward the bust point.

French Seam

A French seam has the raw edges of the fabric fully enclosed for a neat finish.

Fringe

Fringe is an ornamental textile trim applied to an edge of an item.

Formal Attire

Formal attire are the general terms for clothing suitable for formal social events such as a wedding or formal dinner. 


G

Gathering

Gathering is a sewing technique for shortening the length of a strip of fabric so that the longer piece can be attached to a shorter piece and can serve a purely decorative or functional purpose.

Gigot Sleeve

The gigot sleeve, or leg-of-mutton sleeve, is extremely wide over the upper arm and narrow from the elbow to the wrist. 

Godet

A godet is a piece of fabric inserted into a garment along a seam or cut to lengthen the free edge, and to make a garment roomier and to add a wavy edge.

Gimp

Gimp is a narrow ornamental trim used in sewing or embroidery. 

Gusset

A guset is a small piece of cloth inserted in a garment, for the purpose of strengthening some part or giving it a tapering enlargement. 


H

Halter Neckline

Halter necklines feature a V-neck or scoop front neckline with straps which wrap around and connect at the nape of the neck.

Hanging Sleeve

The hanging sleeve is opens down the side, front or at the elbow to allow the arm to pass through.

Haute Couture

Haute Couture is any unique stylish design made to order for wealthy and high-status clients. 

Hemline

The hemline is formed by the bottom edge of a skirt, dress, or coat. 

Hook-and-eye Closure

A matched hook and an eye (loop into which the hook can fit) that is used for temporary fastening. 

Honeycomb Pleats

Honeycomb pleats are narrow, rolled pleats used as a foundation for smocking. 


I

Informal Attire

Informal attire is more formal than casual but less formal than semi-formal. 

Interfacing

Interfacing is a layer of fabric inserted between other layers of a garment to provide stiffening.

Inverted U-shape Waistline

An inverted U-shape waistline is a softer, less pronounced version of the inverted V-waistline, usually with a gentle downwards curve.

Inverted V-shape Waistline

An inverted V-shape waistline starts high in the centre and drops at the sides. 

Invisible Zipper

An invisible zipper has the teeth behind the tape. 


J

Jewel Neckline

A jewel neckline is a plain, basic neckline that is rounded and reaches just above the collarbone to the base of the neck.

Juliet Sleeve

The juliet sleeve is long and tight with a puff at the top. 

Jumper

A jumper is a one-piece, sleeveless dress, or a skirt with straps and a complete or partial bodice, usually worn over a blouse. 


K

Keyhole Neckline

Keyhole necklines feature a central hole in the front that may be fashioned in a couple of different ways, but are usually just below the collar bones.

Kilt

A kilt is a traditional Scottish garment, usually worn by men, having roughly the same morphology as a wrap-around skirt, with overlapping front aprons and pleated around the sides and back. 

Kimono Sleeve

Kimono sleeves are very similar to that of the dolman sleeve, with the main exception being that it never has an armscye. 

Knife Pleats

Knife pleats are a type of sharply pressed pleating, especially in a skirt or kilt, in which all of the folds are turned in one direction, with each pleat being three layers of fabric thick.

Knitting

Knitting is a method by which thread or yarn may be turned into cloth or other fine crafts. 


L

Lace

Lace is a light fabric containing patterns of holes that is usually built up from a single thread.

Lantern Sleeve

The lantern sleeve has a very short drop shoulder upper part and a wider lower section to create a boxy sleeve. 

Lapel

A lapel is each of the two triangular pieces of cloth on a suit which are folded back below the throat, leaving a triangular opening between. 

Lapel Pin

A lapel pin is a small pin often worn on the lapel of a dress jacket. 

Lapped Seam

A lapped seam has the two layers of fabric overlapped with the wrong side of the top layer laid against the right side of the lower layer. 

Lining

Lining is an inner layer of fabric, fur or other material inserted into clothing and similar items. 


M

Made-to-measure

Made-to-measure typically refers to clothing that is sewn from a standard-sized base pattern. 

Maternity Clothing

Maternity clothing is worn by women as an adaptation to changes in body size during pregnancy. 

Maxi Dress

A maxi dress is a floor- or ankle-length informal dress that is formfitting at the top, flowing at the bottom and cut to flow over the body.

Mermaid Silhouette

The mermaid silhouette, as the name suggests, means that the gown is shaped like a mermaid.

Metallic Zipper

A metallic zipper is the classic zipper type and is found mostly in jeans. 

Morning Dress

Morning dress is the formal day wear consisting of a (usually) gray tailcoat and matching trousers, grey top hat, white shirt and tie or cravat. 

Musketeer Sleeve

The musketeer sleeve is a close-fitting sleeve shirred for its entire length. 



N

Natural Waistline

A natural waistline is a horizontal waistline that falls at the natural waist and tends to make the wearer seem shorter by visually dividing the figure in half. 

Neckline

The neckline is the top edge of a garment that surrounds the neck, especially from the front view. 

Needlework

Needlework is a broad term for the handicrafts of decorative sewing and textile arts with the use of a needle. 


O

Off-the-shoulder Neckline

Off-the-shoulder necklines are open necklines that sits below the shoulders front and back to accentuate your collarbone and shoulders.

Open-ended Zipper

Open-ended Zipper use a 'box and pin' mechanism to lock the two sides of the zipper into place. 

Organ Pleats

Organ pleats are parallel rows of softly rounded pleats resembling the pipes of a pipe organ.


P

Pagoda Sleeve

The pagoda sleeve is wide and bell-shaped, typically worn over an engageante.

Panelled Sleeve

A panelled sleeve is made in panels to allow a lining or shirt-sleeve to show through. 

Passementerie

Passementerie is the art of making elaborate trimmings or edgings. 

Pattern

A pattern is an original garment from which other garments of a similar style are copied to paper or cardboard templates from which the parts of a garment are traced onto fabric before cutting out and assembling. 

Peasant Silhouette

The peasant silhouette is a simple T-shirt silhouette that is often decorated with bows For more dress silhouettes. 

Petal Sleeve

A petal sleeve is a two piece sleeve that overlap to form a petal shape. 

Petticoat

A petticoat is a, generally,  light woman's undergarment worn under a dress or skirt, hanging from the waist.

Piping

Piping is a type of trim or embellishment consisting of a strip of folded fabric inserted into a seam to define the edges or style lines of a garment. 

Plain Seam

A plain seam joins two pieces of fabric together face-to-face by sewing through both pieces leaving a seam allowance with raw edges inside the garment. 

Pleat

A pleat is a fold in the fabric of a garment with the purpose of adding controlled fullness, taking up excess fabric or sometimes as a decorative feature.

Plissé Pleats

Plissé pleats are narrow pleats set by gathering fabric with stitches, wetting the fabric and setting the pleats by allowing the wet fabric to dry under weight or tension. 

Pocket

Pocket is a bag- or envelope-like receptacle either fastened to or inserted in an article of clothing to hold small items. 

Poet Sleeve

The poet sleeve is long, fitted from the shoulder to the elbow and then flared dramatically from the elbow to the wrist or mid-hand. 

Polo Neckline

Polo necklines have high, close-fitting collars that wrap around the neck itself and usually fold back unto itself. It is also commonly known as a turtle neckline.

Portrait Neckline

The portrait neckline is lower-cut, wide scooped and stands away from the body and features a shawl-like addition that drapes around the shoulders.

Princess Silhouette

The princess silhouette seams are long, rounded seams sewn into women's garments to add shaping or a tailored fit to closely follow a woman's shape. 

Puff Sleeve

The puff sleeve is a short, three-quarter or full length sleeve that is gathered at the top and bottom, and are most often seen on children's clothing.

Q

Queen Anne Neckline

A neckline with a higher back and the front is shaped like the bottom of a heart.

Quilting

Quilting is a sewing method done to join two or more layers of material together to make a thicker padded material. 


R

Raglan Sleeve

The raglan sleeve extends all the way to the neckline. 

Raised Waistline

A raised waistline is a horizontal waistline that falls significantly above the natural waist, but not as high as the empire waistline. 

Ready-to-wear

Ready-to-wear, or Prêt-à-Porter, describes apparel that does not need any tailoring before it can be worn.

Ribbon

Ribbon is a long, narrow strip of material used for decoration of clothing.

Rickrack

Rickrack is a zigzag trim sewn to clothes for decoration.

Rolled Pleats

Rolled pleats create tubular pleats which run the length of the fabric from top to bottom. 

Royal Train

The royal train extends beyond 1.8m from the front of the gown’s hemline, spanning the aisle as you walk toward the altar. 

Ruching

Ruching is a sewing technique for shortening the length of a strip of fabric so that the longer piece can be attached to a shorter piece.

Ruffle

Ruffle is a strip of fabric, lace or ribbon tightly gathered or pleated on one edge and applied to a garment for decorative effect. 


S

Sari

Sari, or Saree, is a strip of unstitched cloth, ranging from four to nine metres in length that is draped over the body in various styles.

Scoop Neckline

Scoop necklines have a curved U shape, with the arms of the U hanging on the shoulders.

Seam

Seam is the join where two or more layers of fabric or other materials are held together with stitches.

Set-in Sleeve

A set-in sleeve is sewn into the armscye of a garment at or near the natural edge of the shoulder. 

Side Seam

The side seam runs vertically down the side of a garment.

Side-front Seam

The side-front seam runs from the armscye to the waist, unlike princess seams that extend to the hemline.

Side-back Seam

The side-back seam runs from the armscye to waist, unlike princess seams that extend to the hemline. 

Shoulder Seam

The shoulder seam runs from the neckline to the armscye, usually at the highest point of the shoulder. 

Seam Allowance

Seam Allowance is the area between the edge and the stitching line on two or more pieces of material being stitched together. 

Seam Finish 

A seam finish is a treatment that secures and neatens the raw edges of a plain seam to prevent ravelling by sewing over the raw edges or enclosing them in some sort of binding. 

Semi-formal

Semi-formal is a grouping of dress codes indicating the sort of clothes worn to events with a level of formality between informal and formal. 

Sheath Silhouette

The sheath silhouette is designed to tightly fit the body and rarely contains any flourishes.

Sheer

Sheer is a term used to describe fabric which is semi-transparent or completely transparent when wet.

Shift Silhouette

The shift silhouette is a straight gown with no waist seam or shaping.

Shirtwaist Silhouette

The shirtwaist sillhouette is a gown with a bodice that has a waistline style like a tailored shirt and an attached, typically, straight or full skirt. {S9}

Skirt

A skirt is an article of clothing, usually worn by women and girls, that hangs from the waist and covers the lower part of the body. It may also refer to the part of a dress or robe that hangs below the waist. 

Sleeve

A sleeve is that part of a garment which covers the arm or through which the arm passes.

Smart Casual

Smart Casual is distinct from business casual and informal, yet smart enough for a particular situation.  

Smocking

Smocking is an embroidery technique in which the fabric is gathered and then embroidered with decorative stitches to hold the gathers in place

Spaghetti Strap

A spaghetti strap, or noodle strap, is a very thin shoulder strap used in clothing and is so named for its resemblance to the thin pasta strings called spaghetti

Style Line

A style line is a line or curve in a garment that creates a boundary between two distinguishable areas of fabric and has a visual effect i.e. the seam between two fabrics of different colours or textures. 

Sundress

A sundress is a light dress, typically worn in the summer, having thin straps to a bodice that exposes the shoulders and has no arms.

Sunray Pleats

Sunray pleats are wedge-shaped pleats which gradually become wider toward the hem of the garment to produce a flared effect. 

Sweep Train

This train is generally 7cm to 15cm longer than the front of the gown’s hemline.

Sweetheart Neckline

The sweetheart neckline is actually shaped like the top half of a heart.



T

Tacking

To tack or baste is to make quick temporary stitching intended to be removed. 

Tapestry

Tartan is a pattern consisting of criss-crossed horizontal and vertical bands in multiple colours. 

Tassel

A ball-shaped bunch of plaited or otherwise entangled threads from which at one end protrudes a cord on which the tassel is hung.

Tatting

Tatting is a technique for handcrafting a durable lace constructed by a series of knots and loops. 

Tea-gown

A tea-gown is a hybrid between a wrapper and a ballgown with a train and usually long flowing sleeves.

Tent Silhouette

The tent silhouette hangs loose from the shoulder to below the hips and does not have a waistline. They are worn without belts or elastic so that the dress will hang without a waistline so not to be narrow at the waist. 

Textile

Textile is a flexible material consisting of a network of natural or artificial fibres often referred to as thread or yarn.

Three-quarter Sleeve

This sleeve fits just below the elbow. 

Tie

A tie, or necktie, is a long piece of cloth worn for decorative purposes around the neck or shoulders, resting under the shirt collar and knotted at the throat. 

Topstitching

Topstitching is a decorative method of sewing precise garment edges, such as hemlines, necklines and collar edges.

Train

A train is the long back portion of a garment that writes a trail on the ground behind the wearer. 

Trim

A trim, or trimming, is an applied ornament and although it may contain notions, it should not be mistaken for the definition of notions. 

Trumpet Silhouette

The trumpet silhouette closely resembles the mermaid silhouette.

Tuck

Tuck is a fold or pleat in fabric that is sewn in place.

Tutu

A tutu is a dress with a corset or bodice top that is attached to a layered skirt.

Two-piece Sleeve

A two-piece sleeve is cut in two pieces to allow the sleeve to take a slight L-shape to accommodate the natural bend at the elbow without wrinkling.


U

U-shape Waistline

U-shape Waistline is a softer, less pronounced version of the Basque waistline . 


V

Vertical Dart

This type of dart runs vertical with the lines of the garment and can be found all over a garment.

Virago Sleeve

Virago Sleeve is a full panelled sleeve gathered into two puffs by a ribbon or fabric band above the elbow, worn in the 1620's and 1630's. 

V-neckline

V-necklines are typically formed by two diagonal lines from the shoulders that meet on the chest creating a V shape.

V-shape Waistline

V-shape or Basque Waistline is generally a flattering waistline especially for figures with notable curvature and is also known as the Antebellum waistline. 


W

Waistcoat

A waistcoat. or vest, is a sleeveless upper-body garment worn over a dress shirt, necktie (if applicable) and below a coat as a part of most men's formal wear and as the third piece of the three-piece male business suit. 

Waistline

Waistline is the line of demarcation between the upper and lower portions of a garment, which notionally corresponds to the natural waist but may vary with fashion from just below the bust to below the hips. 

Watteau Pleats

Watteau pleats are one or two box pleats found at the back neckline of 18th century gowns and some late 19th century tea gowns in imitation of these. 

Watteau Train

The Watteau train is characterized by the way the single panel attaches to the top of your gown, either at the shoulders or the upper back of the bodice.

Wedding Gown

A wedding gown is the clothing worn by a bride during a wedding ceremony, in Western culture traditionally white with a long train.

White Tie

White Tie is the most formal of evening wear, usually worn on state occasions and the like, consisting of an evening tailcoat, trousers, white shirt, white bow tie and waistcoat with sash, alternatively, full military dress or national costume. 


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Z

Zigzag

Zigzag is a pattern made up of small corners at variable angles, though constant within the zigzag, tracing a path between two parallel lines; it can be described as both jagged and fairly regular. 

Zipper

The bulk of a zipper consists of two strips of fabric tape, each affixed to one of the two pieces to be joined, carrying from tens to hundreds of specially shaped metal or plastic teeth.


Table Of Contents

Contents

  1. 1 A
    1. 1.1 Accordion Pleats
    2. 1.2 Activewear
    3. 1.3 A-line Silhouette 
    4. 1.4 Angel Gown
    5. 1.5 Angel Sleeve
    6. 1.6 Appliqué
    7. 1.7 Armscye
    8. 1.8 Ascot Tie
    9. 1.9 Assemble
    10. 1.10 Asymmetric
    11. 1.11 Asymmetric Neckline
  2. 2 B
    1. 2.1 Baby Doll Silhouette
    2. 2.2 Balance
    3. 2.3 Ball Gown
    4. 2.4 Band Collar
    5. 2.5 Bateau Neckline
    6. 2.6 Batwing Sleeve
    7. 2.7 Bead
    8. 2.8 Beadwork
      1. 2.8.1 Bead Chrocet
      2. 2.8.2 Bead Embroidery
      3. 2.8.3 Beaded Knitting
      4. 2.8.4 Bead Stringing
      5. 2.8.5 Bead Weaving
    9. 2.9 Bell Sleeve
    10. 2.10 Bespoke
    11. 2.11 Bias
    12. 2.12 Bias Tape
    13. 2.13 Bishop Sleeve
    14. 2.14 Black Tie
    15. 2.15 Blouse
    16. 2.16 Bodice
    17. 2.17 Bolo Tie
    18. 2.18 Boning
    19. 2.19 Boutonnière
    20. 2.20 Bow Tie
    21. 2.21 Box Pleats
    22. 2.22 Braid
    23. 2.23 Business Casual
    24. 2.24 Bust Dart
    25. 2.25 Butterfly Sleeve
    26. 2.26 Button
    27. 2.27 Buttonhole
  3. 3 C
    1. 3.1 Camisole
    2. 3.2 Cap Sleeve
    3. 3.3 Cartridge Pleats
    4. 3.4 Casual Attire
    5. 3.5 Cathedral Train
    6. 3.6 Centre Front Seam
    7. 3.7 Centre Back Seam
    8. 3.8 Chapel Train
    9. 3.9 Chemise
    10. 3.10 Choli
    11. 3.11 Clip-on Tie
    12. 3.12 Closed-ended Zipper
    13. 3.13 Coat Silhouette
    14. 3.14 Cocktail Gown
    15. 3.15 Coil Zipper
    16. 3.16 Collar
    17. 3.17 Collar Pin
    18. 3.18 Cord
    19. 3.19 Corset
    20. 3.20 Couching
    21. 3.21 Court Train
    22. 3.22 Couture
    23. 3.23 Cowl Neckline
    24. 3.24 Cowl Sleeve
    25. 3.25 Cravat
    26. 3.26 Crew Neckline
    27. 3.27 Crochet
    28. 3.28 Cut
  4. 4 D
    1. 4.1 Darning
    2. 4.2 Dart
    3. 4.3 Dart Seam
    4. 4.4 Diagonal Waistline
    5. 4.5 Dolman Sleeve
    6. 4.6 Doublet
    7. 4.7 Drafting
    8. 4.8 Dress
    9. 4.9 Dinner Gown
    10. 4.10 Dress Code
    11. 4.11 Drop Shoulder Sleeve
    12. 4.12 Dropped Waistline
  5. 5 E
    1. 5.1 Embroidery
    2. 5.2 Empire Neckline
    3. 5.3 Empire Silhouette
    4. 5.4 Empire Waistline
    5. 5.5 Engageante
    6. 5.6 Evening Gown
  6. 6 F
    1. 6.1 Facing
    2. 6.2 Fashion Design
    3. 6.3 Fashion Designers
    4. 6.4 Flat Seam
    5. 6.5 Flounce
    6. 6.6 Fluted Pleats
    7. 6.7 Fortuny Pleats
    8. 6.8 French Dart
    9. 6.9 French Seam
    10. 6.10 Fringe
    11. 6.11 Formal Attire
  7. 7 G
    1. 7.1 Gathering
    2. 7.2 Gigot Sleeve
    3. 7.3 Godet
    4. 7.4 Gimp
    5. 7.5 Gusset
  8. 8 H
    1. 8.1 Halter Neckline
    2. 8.2 Hanging Sleeve
    3. 8.3 Haute Couture
    4. 8.4 Hemline
    5. 8.5 Hook-and-eye Closure
    6. 8.6 Honeycomb Pleats
  9. 9 I
    1. 9.1 Informal Attire
    2. 9.2 Interfacing
    3. 9.3 Inverted U-shape Waistline
    4. 9.4 Inverted V-shape Waistline
    5. 9.5 Invisible Zipper
  10. 10 J
    1. 10.1 Jewel Neckline
    2. 10.2 Juliet Sleeve
    3. 10.3 Jumper
  11. 11 K
    1. 11.1 Keyhole Neckline
    2. 11.2 Kilt
    3. 11.3 Kimono Sleeve
    4. 11.4 Knife Pleats
    5. 11.5 Knitting
  12. 12 L
    1. 12.1 Lace
    2. 12.2 Lantern Sleeve
    3. 12.3 Lapel
    4. 12.4 Lapel Pin
    5. 12.5 Lapped Seam
    6. 12.6 Lining
  13. 13 M
    1. 13.1 Made-to-measure
    2. 13.2 Maternity Clothing
    3. 13.3 Maxi Dress
    4. 13.4 Mermaid Silhouette
    5. 13.5 Metallic Zipper
    6. 13.6 Morning Dress
    7. 13.7 Musketeer Sleeve
  14. 14 N
    1. 14.1 Natural Waistline
    2. 14.2 Neckline
    3. 14.3 Needlework
  15. 15 O
    1. 15.1 Off-the-shoulder Neckline
    2. 15.2 Open-ended Zipper
    3. 15.3 Organ Pleats
  16. 16 P
    1. 16.1 Pagoda Sleeve
    2. 16.2 Panelled Sleeve
    3. 16.3 Passementerie
    4. 16.4 Pattern
    5. 16.5 Peasant Silhouette
    6. 16.6 Petal Sleeve
    7. 16.7 Petticoat
    8. 16.8 Piping
    9. 16.9 Plain Seam
    10. 16.10 Pleat
    11. 16.11 Plissé Pleats
    12. 16.12 Pocket
    13. 16.13 Poet Sleeve
    14. 16.14 Polo Neckline
    15. 16.15 Portrait Neckline
    16. 16.16 Princess Silhouette
    17. 16.17 Puff Sleeve
  17. 17 Q
    1. 17.1 Queen Anne Neckline
    2. 17.2 Quilting
  18. 18 R
    1. 18.1 Raglan Sleeve
    2. 18.2 Raised Waistline
    3. 18.3 Ready-to-wear
    4. 18.4 Ribbon
    5. 18.5 Rickrack
    6. 18.6 Rolled Pleats
    7. 18.7 Royal Train
    8. 18.8 Ruching
    9. 18.9 Ruffle
  19. 19 S
    1. 19.1 Sari
    2. 19.2 Scoop Neckline
    3. 19.3 Seam
    4. 19.4 Set-in Sleeve
    5. 19.5 Side Seam
    6. 19.6 Side-front Seam
    7. 19.7 Side-back Seam
    8. 19.8 Shoulder Seam
    9. 19.9 Seam Allowance
    10. 19.10 Seam Finish 
    11. 19.11 Semi-formal
    12. 19.12 Sheath Silhouette
    13. 19.13 Sheer
    14. 19.14 Shift Silhouette
    15. 19.15 Shirtwaist Silhouette
    16. 19.16 Skirt
    17. 19.17 Sleeve
    18. 19.18 Smart Casual
    19. 19.19 Smocking
    20. 19.20 Spaghetti Strap
    21. 19.21 Style Line
    22. 19.22 Sundress
    23. 19.23 Sunray Pleats
    24. 19.24 Sweep Train
    25. 19.25 Sweetheart Neckline
  20. 20 T
    1. 20.1 Tacking
    2. 20.2 Tapestry
    3. 20.3 Tassel
    4. 20.4 Tatting
    5. 20.5 Tea-gown
    6. 20.6 Tent Silhouette
    7. 20.7 Textile
    8. 20.8 Three-quarter Sleeve
    9. 20.9 Tie
    10. 20.10 Topstitching
    11. 20.11 Train
    12. 20.12 Trim
    13. 20.13 Trumpet Silhouette
    14. 20.14 Tuck
    15. 20.15 Tutu
    16. 20.16 Two-piece Sleeve
  21. 21 U
    1. 21.1 U-shape Waistline
  22. 22 V
    1. 22.1 Vertical Dart
    2. 22.2 Virago Sleeve
    3. 22.3 V-neckline
    4. 22.4 V-shape Waistline
  23. 23 W
    1. 23.1 Waistcoat
    2. 23.2 Waistline
    3. 23.3 Watteau Pleats
    4. 23.4 Watteau Train
    5. 23.5 Wedding Gown
    6. 23.6 White Tie
  24. 24 X
  25. 25 Y
  26. 26 Z
    1. 26.1 Zigzag
    2. 26.2 Zipper
  27. 27 Table Of Contents