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Behind the Seams: A Few Details on How Our Clothing Is Made

Behind the Seams: A Few Details on How Our Clothing Is Made

When it comes to clothing design, it’s what’s inside that can make a simple dress unbearable or unbelievable. In order 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.

Our garments are lined 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 set the standard for luxury fabrics for several millennia.  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 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, it 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, doesn’t create static cling and is less likely to crease making it much more travel friendly naturally rather than needing a chemical treatment.

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 weight the clothing, 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.