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construction, details, seams, simple appearance, maybe materials, when there is a second layer...

have you ever looked inside your clothes?

12 comments:

Nancy said...

Indeed I have, and I do. I don't buy poorly made clothing. Loose seams, unmatched plaid, knits that get all stretched out when you try them on, zippers that stick the first time you try them... all good ways for clothing to get on my bad side. More expensive garments are usually made better, but not always. I have learned a lot about garment construction and quality since I started sewing.

Carlene said...

Yes, and you know what's in there? Me!

ha. ha.

No, really, I do look in there, especially with sweaters that are purportedly "handknit". Sometimes they are knit in big pieces, I guess, then cut and sewn together with a serger. Very disappointing, for a knitter.

cybill said...

No, I've never looked inside my clothes, but I 'm certainly going to now - will get back to you if any horrible surprises.

K.Line said...

I always look inside before I buy - not that I expect the world of mass produced things. But if I'm purchasing something tres cher / diffusion I enjoy looking at the "bones" of the piece.

Issie said...

Hi! I've just stumbled across your lovely blog. I'm also trying to reduce my shopping (however this now means the false economy of buying more fabric and patterns to make my own!)
I always look inside before buying and am sometimes horrified by the poor construction. And it's not always the cheaper brands that are the worst.

K. Eliot Fung said...

yes yes of course. particularly if i am buying something that is supposed to be high-end...

lately, since i've started sewing, ive become amazed at how easily factory workers (that i'll admit are probably young as can be) can fit in a sleeve and how inept i am at these things

Iheartfashion said...

Always, always. I love to see beautifully finished seams and clothes that look as good inside out as right side out.

enc said...

Of course! Especially the trousers. I have two really good jackets I can't get into because the linings are sewn into them far too well, but I feel and prod with my fingers to see how things are made. I'm especially fond of inspecting tailored shirts.

This reminds me, when are you going to do another word search? I need a puzzle to do for a week!

-h of candid cool said...

maybe sometimes but im not flipping things inside out and checking seams while im shopping.

nowadays i more likely to check the washing instructions or to see if its leather if im not sure.

fashionaddict said...

I find that I am quite careful about checking the seams etc, but I always forget to check the washing instructions, and end up groaning when I get home and see the dry-clean only label. I'm definitely a machine-wash only person.

TravelGretta said...

I actually do this - mainly for material and care instructions. When I bring my mom shopping, she goes all Quality Assurance on me, and turns all garments inside out - tugging and prodding, etc. It makes me feel very secure when I actually buy something.

a. said...

definitely. i love a beautiful lining. (and i can stand, for example, pants that aren't lined... argh...). i was also raised by a mother who ALWAYS checked the tags for fiber content/care instructions (she NEVER bought anything that was dry clean only. oh how my mother misses out...)

i also find it interesting how some very run-of-the-mill clothes last me so long - things like plastic (i think?) taping along the seam edge, etc. i remember when a friend taught me what a serger does. i noticed serged seams for months after that...

i must say: one of the things i love the most about j. crew's clothing is the gorgeous linings on their coats. sometimes i feel like that's an indulgent view to have... but there ya go.