Everyone wants to get the most for the clothing dollars and a bargain is no bargain if the garment begins falling apart after wearing it a couple of times. Look for these five signs of quality made clothing to ensure the garment will stand the test of normal wear and tear.
Check the Pattern Alignment
Look at the pattern on the garment. Any article of clothing that has a pattern design can easily be checked for quality craftsmanship by looking how the pattern lines up at the garment seams. If pattern matches at the seams and makes the garment look as though it was made from one piece of cut fabric, that will indicate quality. Patterns that don’t align at the seams indicate the garment was made hastily and with an eye towards saving the manufacturer money instead of producing quality made clothing.
Inspect Clothing Seams
Check the garment stitching. While looking at the seams to check for fabric pattern alignment, check the seam stitching. The seam should lie flat without any puckering or bumps, either of which will indicate a poorly made article of clothing. Puckered or bumpy seams indicate weak stitching that will not hold up under the stress of normal wear.
Tug on the Buttons
Pull the buttons on the article of clothing to determine how well they are attached. If the garment has buttons, tug on the buttons to make sure they are securely sewed into place, the buttons should not pull away from the garment or feel loose. Lift up one end of the buttons and look under them to ensure they are secured to the garment with several strands of thread so they won’t be prone to pop off during the first wearing.
Play with the Zipper
If the clothing has a zipper, unzip it and zip it back up a few times. Quality made clothing will have a zipper that glides smoothly without catching or snagging the fabric of the garment. The zipper should be centered and covered with fabric to make it invisible (unless it is a design element of the garment), lie flat on the garment and remain locked when the zipper pull in laid flat.
Try on Clothing to Check the Hem
Quality made clothing will have a wide, even hem. Try on the garment and look at the garment from all angles in a mirror. The hem should lie flat and be straight all the way around the garment. A narrow, puckered or crooked hem indicates a garment that was made in haste. Quality made clothing will also have a wide hem to allow for any needed alterations to the garment.