Trims Overview, Trim Info and Trimming Uses

Trims

Trims in clothing and home decorating are applied ornaments, such as gimp, ribbon, ruffles.

Before the industrial revolution, all trims was made and applied by hand, thus making heavily trimmed furnishings and garments expensive and high-status. Machine woven trims and sewing machines put these dense trimmings within the reach of even modest dressmakers and home sewers, and an abundance of trimming is a characteristic of mid-Victorian fashion . As a predictable reaction, high fashion came to emphasize exquisiteness of cut and construction over denseness of trimming, and applied trim became a signifier of mass-produced clothing by the 1930s. The iconic braid and gold button trim of the Chanel suit are a notable survival of trim in high fashion.

In home decorating, the 1980s and 1990s saw a fashion for dense, elaborately layered trimmings on upholstered furniture and drapery.

Today, most trims are commercially manufactured. Scalamandra is known for elaborate trim for home furnishings, and Wrights is a leading manufacturer of trim for home sewing and crafts. Trims are used generally to enhance the beauty of the garments. It attracts buyers. Appropriate use of it creates more value of the product.

Trims Types

  • Bias tape
  • Braid
  • Buttons
  • Cord
  • Embroidery by hand or machine Trims
  • Gimp
  • Lace edgings or insertions
  • Passementerie
  • Piping
  • Ribbon
  • Rick-rack
  • Ruffles or frills
  • Tassels

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