Inspiration Valentino catwalk
Cord as a decoration: straight from the catwalk to your studio …
Decorations with cord: once you start researching here, you are easily swept up in an endless series of descriptions and applications; some more beautiful than others.
There is ready-made twisted cord which in itself is wonderful material to work with. In couture creations, however, accents are often made with the fabric in which the garment is made. In the case of cord, you should think of with-fabric-turned-cord. This is also known as “Rouleaux” in couture.
In searching for this technique, I also came across many examples that are intriguing for other reasons. That, by the way, is one of the reasons couture continues to fascinate me: the infinite variations you can come up with on a theme.
For example, this version done in knitted material:
Or how do you like this one with ribbon:
Examples from the past may be a great source of inspiration as well.
If you look at the sketch in the picture above, you can think of Al Aire embroidery techniques, but also of cord sewing.
Rouleaux ribbon was widely used on various garments in the 19th century, but you still see it today, such as in this 2013 Valentino dress:
You understand that this technique is a wonderful intermediairy between making clothing and embroidery. The decorative element is the main focus in embroidery. But because here you are working with large figures and a single material (the covered cord), it becomes an important part of the whole design.
Making your own rouleaux can be done by simple means:
- Cotton cord
- Scissors or roller blade
- Reversing hook
- Needle and thread
- (Sewing machine)
- Cut strips of fabric
- Fold fabric in half right sides together
- Pull cord through
- Cut strips of fabric
- Fold fabric wrong side in and sew in place with invisible stitches (make sure the fabric fills out nicely, then you won’t need a cord)
Working with cord is a wonderful addition for those who make unusual clothing. Therefore, in the Haute Couture Craftsmanship Concept, this is a technique that we will explore further and possibly apply in our own design.
Which technique do you find interesting in couture? Or what would you like to know more about?