Sewing is full of fun terminology. From technical jargon to Frenchie fabric names, it's a word enthusiast's paradise.
My two favorites are rip and slash. First of all, because they're badass and totally rock star. Secondly, because the terminology is so melodramatic for what the words actually mean. Think about it: to rip something is to carefully remove the stitches. To slash something is to gingerly cut into it. But from the sound of it, you'd think they were stage directions in a gory horror film. (For example: She rips the zombie's skin off and then slashes its throat.)
Unfortunately, neither ripping nor slashing is as fun as it sounds.
There are tons of other amazing sewing and fashion words out there: organza, armsyce, mercerized. And then there are the terms of the sewing blogosphere: TNT, wadder.
And it's interesting to see the words that aren't really in usage today. Vogue's New Book for Better Sewing has a sewing dictionary, and there are some fascinating outdated terms. Instead of straight grain, they said straight of goods. Batting is referred to as wadding. Notions were called findings.
And then there are the word anomalies, like ravel and unravel, which both mean the same thing.
So what are your favorites? And why?
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