Episode #19: On the Bias! An Interview with Fashion in Harmony

If I had to pick one type of dress to live in for the rest of my life, it would probably be some number cut on the bias. Even before I really knew what bias-cut clothing was, I lusted after hip-hugging 1930’s ball gowns. And I probably spent way too much time studying reproduction patterns from the ’30s before my wedding. I’ve experimented with some bias-cut designs, and I hope to do more after my little one arrives. For this reason, I was very excited to chat with Julianne Bramson and Susan Lenahan, co-owners of Fashions in Harmony, a pattern and fabric company specializing in bias-cut garments.

Julianne has spent years studying and designing bias-cut clothing, and I found her to be a wealth of information on everything from the right fabrics to use to the best finishing techniques for bias-cut garments. Julianne also reminded me that a lot of sewing on the bias comes down to old-fashioned geometry. Although my mind splits at that a little, I also appreciate the challenge of brushing off my high-school math skills.

I hope you enjoy this episode!

Notes:

Center for Pattern Design

Patterns of Fashion 2: 1860-1940, by Janet Arnold

The Vintage Pattern Lending Library

Decades of Style

Color Catcher 

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2 comments

  1. jan

    Hi this is the first pod cast that I have ever listened to.Many many thanks,we dont have great teachers like you both her in the uk.when is your book out please?it is on the top of my want list.Are you speaking of making a bias bag then cutting the garment from it ,like making shalwar? That is so much fun.I love bias and shalwar,my wedding gown wa cut on the bias and made from crepe silk ,thanks again,jane

    • Christine

      Hi Jan,

      Glad you’re enjoying the podcast. You can check with Julianne and Susan at Fashions in Harmony to get the most updated details on their book!

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