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Couture Techniques for Ready-to-Wear

Couture Techniques for Ready-to-Wear

We can all dream of owning a piece of haute couture one day, but it will likely be just that — a dream for most of us. One of the many features that make couture special is how the garment is constructed. It is the best of the best because it features all of the techniques — the best fabrics, multiple fittings to ensure the best possible fit and the best construction in every aspect of the garment. There are no shortcuts to save time on labor. In the book Couture Sewing Techniques, the author outlines the key features as a guide for home sewers. The women in the maisons sewing couture garments, might be the best of the best, but anyone and any designer can and should incorporate these techniques into their designs. A pioneer of this in the ready to wear market was designer, Clare McCardell. Though primarily known by those that study fashion history (a distinction that must be made today given how many fashion people actually know very little about fashion history or garment construction.)


Blind hems and Bound Seams

Not seeing raw edges is a hallmark of every Senza Tempo garment. Look at the inside of many of your garments and see how the items are finished? Do you see the raw edge of fabric, loose threads?

The only time you will see a stitch line on our garments is if it is part of the design. Otherwise, blind hems are finished by hand. Tee shirts and other items like our Carole pants will feature added cuffs or strips to bind the end of the garment. It’s a simple extra step that elevates a simple tee into something far more polished and chic — more special than your average tee. For example, the bindings that seal the hems to the Audrey and Marilyn tops, are aesthetically pleasing while giving the added benefit of hiding a plain seam.


A seam, hem or facing can be finished with a binding to encase the raw edges. These are touches that, like lingerie, many don’t see other than the wearer, but are hallmarks of superior construction. In a couture garment, this work is typically done by hand, but in ready-to-wear by a machine. Certain aspects of our construction are finished by hand, but since this isn’t couture we do as much on a machine as possible to save on labor costs.


The Senza Tempo factory is priced by the amount of hours it takes to make something, not by the number of items that I’m willing to order from the factory. Why? That is how you ensure that quality always comes first.