Sewing Techniques

Love In Every Stitch
Any new parent can tell you that it’s the little things in life that mean the most. That’s why we add a generous array of embellishments like fagotting, pintucking, smocking and embroidery to every garment we create. While each individual accent is tiny, they make a big impact. We hope that through this attention to detail, you can see just how much we care.

We also take great pride in preserving heirloom sewing techniques like these, which we’ve employed throughout our 100-year history. So, take a moment to become familiar with the handwork that makes our pieces perfect to buy, give, cherish and hand down from generation to generation.

 

Fagotting

fagottingThis is delicate open-weave stitch that attaches two parts of a garment together. We often
use it on plackets, collars, sleeves or anyplace that could use a sweet little finishing touch. (Learn more about how it’s done here.)

link for photo: http://www.feltmanbrothers.com/bouquet-collection-diaper-set/

 

Pintucking

pintuckingThis charming embellishment dates back to the Edwardians and beyond. They are tiny sewn folds, usually aligned parallel to one another. The technique adds texture and a visual delight whether created using a sewing machine, or the way we do it: by hand! (Learn more about this technique here.)

link for photo: http://www.feltmanbrothers.com/girls-daygown-with-lace-pintucks/

 

Smocking

These are gathered pleats that form repeated patterns like honeycombs, boxes and wavessmocking. Also, picture smocking is stitched in a manner that creates an image like d
iamonds (seen here), teddy bears, flowers and more. (Learn how smocking is created here.)

link for photo: http://www.feltmanbrothers.com/smocked-creeper/

 

Embroidery

Thisembroidery is the art of creating raised designs with needlework and thread. Throughout our line, you’ll find a variety of different types of hand embroidery that add little pops of color, subtle texture and pretty accents. These specialty stitches provide an extra dollop of sweetness. (See how to bring rosettes to life with embroidery here.)

 

link for photo: http://www.feltmanbrothers.com/embroidered-dress-with-lace/

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