”Tres Chic!” Haute Couture. crepe de chine. décolletage. prêt-à-porter. la Mode.
Many of the terms in the sewing and fashion world are derived from the beautiful romance language spoken by over 300 million people- French, and yet, I couldn’t construct a sentence in French if the future of the world depended on it. Okay, I’m exaggerating- perhaps I could muster enough courage to bleat a line from an Edith Piaf or Camille song. Anyway, I learned Spanish during school, and used to speak Bengali along with English at home with my family. I’m even lucky enough now to pick up some German from working around Benedikta and Nora, who shame me by being fluent in more languages than I can remember. This week, I wish I could say I learned and mastered the French language, but alas, I have not. Instead, I’ve demonstrated the French seam in this How To! Hurrah for the French seam- it may seem like a lot of work, but for sewing chiffon or other sheer, lightweight fabrics, it sure gets the job done the best! And if you take it just two steps further, you can learn to make flat-felled seams- even stronger seams, often found in jeans. Good luck with this weekends sewing!