Trim Definition - Trimming Definition for the Clothing & Textile Industry

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Trim
or trimming in clothing and home decorating is applied ornament such as gimp, passementerie, ribbon, ruffles, or, as a verb, to apply such ornament.
Before the industrial revolution, all trim was made and applied by hand, 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.

Today, most trimmings are commercially manufactured. Scalamandr is known for elaborate trim for home furnishings, and Wrights is a leading manufacturer of trim for home sewing and crafts.

Types of trimming include:

Bias tape

Braid

Buttons

Embroidery by hand or machine

Gimp

Lace edgings or insertions

Passementerie

Piping

Ribbon

Rick-rack

Ruffles or frills

Tassels

The above article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trim_%28sewing%29).  1/3/06

See also sewing, tailoring , dressmaker, zippers , rhinestones , rivets , sequins , velcro, busk

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