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Can anyone help with French couture terms please?

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Flossyfloof Thu 03-Apr-14 09:16:32

An ex-student of mine contacted me a while ago with a query about some terms she needed to clarify for an exhibition in America. I did my best but not being much of a sewer in English let alone French I am not happy. If you are familiar with French couture terms please can you help?

frenchfancy Fri 04-Apr-14 06:41:29

Put the terms on here and I'll be glad to help if a can.

Flossyfloof Fri 04-Apr-14 08:31:10

Oh brilliant, thank you. I will look them up and get back to you.

Mignonette Fri 04-Apr-14 08:33:02

Happy to help but off to work now. I will log back on after two if you can wait until then?

Flossyfloof Fri 04-Apr-14 10:51:18

Thanks ever so much. This is the info I was given:

"cheval" referring to a sleeve cut;
"calage" when draping fabric over another basic form to work out a molded pattern piece.

If you can shed any light on these it would be brilliant, thanks again.

frenchfancy Fri 04-Apr-14 13:58:40

Ok if I've got it right, a sleeve cut à chevel, means it has been cut on the bias.

Calage refers to the fitting of the material to the form.

Mignonette Fri 04-Apr-14 15:11:23

<comes rushing in> <throws coat on floor>

Ah I see you've got them. smile

Flossyfloof Fri 04-Apr-14 16:59:59

Mignonette soweee! Thanks ever so much I really wish I had thought of this forum earlier, the closest I got was a sleeve encased in bias binding, I didn't get the cut on the bias bit. Very grateful. Mwah!!

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