American Fashion Behind the Seams — How Our Clothing Is Made

American Fashion Behind the Seams — How Our Clothing Is Made

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When it comes to clothing design, it's what's inside that can make a simple dress unbearable or unbelievable. For a garment to be truly timeless, superior quality inside and out is essential — especially in the fabric and finishes.

The quality of the fabric and cut are the obvious aspects one can quickly ascertain. How an item is finished on the inside requires the consumer to spend a bit more time looking at the seams and inside the garment. Distinction is in the details. At Senza Tempo no detail is ever overlooked.

We line our garments with 100% silk habotai or ultra-luxurious stretch silk charmeuse — a common detail in very high-end and couture clothing, but not ready-to-wear.

Silk has been the luxury standard for centuries . Most clothing brands don't give much thought to the lining of their garments, after all no one sees the lining and the added cost of using a natural fabric like silk is likely deemed not worth it. Instead, most brands choose to use polyester or acetate, highly processed fabrics that are akin to lining your clothing with plastic. We aren't most brands. Truly thoughtful design extends to the inside of our clothing, as well as the outside.

Natural fabrics increase the versatility of the garments by helping them span the seasons and extend the wear. Silk not only feels better against your skin, but it also breathes and adjusts to your body temperature feeling cool in the summer and warm in the winter, and for the seasons in between. Silk's durability — one filament of silk is stronger than a comparable filament of steel — helps extend the life of each garment. It's also hypoallergenic and doesn't create static cling. It's also less likely to crease making it more travel-friendly (naturally) and doesn't ned to be chemically treated.

Additional extra steps to ensure a high-quality finish often aren't always obvious or noticed by the consumer. Facings are used inside of armholes, necklines, collars, and cuffs to provide support and help give the garment a clean finish. Interfacings between the fabric are used to provide an extra layer of support. Hems finished with a bias binding or covered in lace not only look beautiful but also help shape or provide weight to the hem, provide extra strength to a seam and provide a couture finish. Invisible zippers and blind hems are other marks of high-end construction, and standard on all Senza Tempo garments.

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