10 Fashion Terms

charisse-kenion-229492Here are ten more fashion terms to add to your repertoire.

A-line: A skirt that is fitted at the hips and gradually widens toward the hem giving the impression of the letter A.

Applique: Ornamental needlework in which pieces of fabric are cut in different shapes stuck onto other fabric to form a picture or pattern.

Basque: An items of women’s clothing which is a closely fitted bodice or jacket estending past the waistline over hips.  In modern use basque can refer to clothing details reminiscent of lingerie detail.

Batik: An eastern resist method of dyeing fabric that results in patterns or images.

Bias Cut: A garment cut on the diagonal.

Bustle: A framework used to expand or support the drapery of the back of a woman’s dress.  Worn under the skirt and just below the waist.  Popular until late 19th century.

Cheongsam: A body hugging Chinese dress for women. Literally means long gown.

Ease: A sewing term used in pattern instructors to draw the fibers of the fabric closer together.  Usually achieved by basting.

Embroidery: Decorating fabric or other material using a needle to apply thread or yarn.

Empire Waist: One of the most common waistlines in fashion.  The dress or shirt has fitted bodice just ending below the bust giving a high waist appearance.


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