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Sewing: Form and Function

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Sewing: Form N Function “After all, a woman didn't leave much behind in the world to show she'd been there. Even the children she bore and raised got their father's name. But her quilts, now that was something she could pass on.” ― Sandra Dallas In order to be successful in the craft of sewing, one must understand the elements of clothing design, demonstrate skill in clothing construction, and know the qualities of fabric. In this paper one will be informed on the history of sewing, which includes the decrease in popularity of past years to the huge increase in popularity these resent years. Also types of fabrics, what they are made of, strength of fabric, what they are used for, and what different types of stitches are required for them. Changes and elements of clothing design over time will also be discussed. There is no way to determine when or where clothing began, but some studies show that clothing has been used since 650 thousand years ago. Some 11,000 years ago, once humanity had abandoned its hunter-gatherer existence for a more static way of life, fundamental requirements such as shelter, food, and clothing were transformed into forms of cultural and artistic expression. Garments constructed from lengths of cloths required a fixed abode and temperate climates for the growing of raw materials, such as flax and cotton. Clothes constructed from animal skins worn through the Ice Ages necessitated a tanning procedure to soften the hide to fit the body and the subsequent invention of the eyed needle (Fogg, 8). Before the sewing machine was invented everything worn was made by hand. In1843 just a simple shirt called for 20,620 stitches. At a rate of thirty-five stitches a minute a seamstress could complete a shirt in ten to ... ... middle of paper ... ...ood. The other texture tactile is the way an object actually feels. An example of this is sand paper (Saurabh). Form is the last principle. Form refers to the dimension of an object. Form can be measured by its height, width, and also depth. it is defined by light and dark and has two types, geometric and natural (Saurabh). Discussed in this paper are the topics history of sewing, types of fabrics, and fashion design. Remember this, in order to be successful in the craft of sewing, one must understand the elements of clothing design, demonstrate skill in clothing construction, and know the qualities of fabric. Hopefully one has gathered a bun dent amount of knowledge in this by reading this paper. If ever bored, want to try a new hobby, or are sick everyday clothing in stores, or want to be creative, try sewing. Not only is one stitching fabric, but also memories.
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