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Stealing construction techniques from J.Crew

A friend of mine needs the kick pleat of a skirt mended, so she has turned to me for help. The pink cotton twill skirt is from J.Crew. I’ve never purchased anything from there, so I was not familiar with the quality of the garments. I took a look at the ripped seam from the inside and found lots of interesting construction details:

❦ The contour waistband is faced with a completely different material: a satin polka dot. The seam was offset, so there is no chance of the facing showing on the right side. It appears the facing was attached the same way as in this tutorial on the Coletterie blog. I love the use of the contrasting fabric. It’s pretty, and it saves the fashion fabric.

Contour waistband facing on a J.Crew skirt

The contour waistband has a contrast facing. Note that the area for the zipper insertion is interfaced.

❦ The zipper area and kick pleat are interfaced with fusible tricot. After putting a zipper in rayon recently, I thought a fusible interfacing might be a good idea to stabilize the fabric and eliminate unraveling. I’ll definitely do this for the next zipper I put in.

The interfaced kickpleat of a J.Crew skirt

The kick pleat has also been interfaced.

❦ The pocket pieces are joined with a French seam. The seam was first sewn with a serger, then turned to do the French seam; however, the edges of the seam allowance stick out of the second stitching. This is inside the pocket, so no one will see it; but a French seam that actually fully encloses the first seam allowance would be nicer.

The french seam on the construction of a pocket in a J.Crew skirt

The pocket pieces have been joined with a French seam. The first seam was overlocked.

The inside of a pocket on a J.Crew skirt.

The inside of the pocket shows that the first seam allowance isn't fully enclosed by the second stitching of the French seam.

Better ready-to-wear garments can be the source of good construction techniques. In this case, there are some great ideas that I intend to incorporate into my sewing. All for the price of a little mending for a friend.

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