Before purchasing high-priced embellished clothing items, check for extras to help restore an item when repairs are necessary. Otherwise you may find your first wear may just be your last.
Some feel the price of an item is the indication of quality. However, cost does not always mean an item is high-quality. Sometimes cost is only an indication of the location, rental fee or maybe just the name and nothing more. In other words you may just be purchasing name and not quality. Embellished items can be very pretty. Yet, quite often, consumers find the first wear is the only one when damage occurs.
Recently I purchased two tops with embellished necklines. The beads around the necklines were very distinctive, making the tops unique and very, very pretty. The tops were those you rarely find yourself looking at another person wearing around the same town. You know the kind I’m speaking of. Generally, when purchasing most clothing today, you often find yourself looking at your twin or even triplet in church, the grocery store or even at work. Clothing today is not as distinctive as it was years ago. Or maybe it’s just that we don’t have the money to spend on the higher priced ’boutique’ items today as we did in previous years.
However, the tops I purchased were quite different. Yet, when I wore the first one once, I discovered the embellishments had loosened in one spot and another area, a few were completely gone. Being that they were on the neckline, the lost pieces were obvious. There was no way to hide or cover the area had it not been for a few extras sewn into the lining of each top. I normally purchase clothing from this particular location and generally, I find the items purchased have extra items to repair or replace lost pieces. This is the very first time I have ever had the experience of an item needing repair in such an obvious location. I’ve now resolved myself to making sure when purchasing any clothing making sure extras are attached.
Before purchasing expensive clothing, of high quality, check for these extra items:
Check your purchase for extra embellishments. Extras are usually sewn into the item on the underneath the sleeve in the seam. If not on the seam, check the hemline. The extras, when the item is of high quality, should always be attached to the item where no damage will occur when removed. They will be stored in a small plastic sleeve. Generally if the item has a large number of embellishments, the designer will place a large number of extra embellishments in the sleeve. If the embellishments are several different colors, the extras will be an assortment, in good supply, of the colors needed to repair any issues occurring if an embellishment goes missing or is somehow damaged. However, when you purchase an item made of quality, you often have no problem with damage or loose embellishments.
Yarn for Knitted Apparel
Sweaters, designer knits or any item that may require stitching, crocheting or knitting sometimes may be pulled. Pulls can occur at the most inappropriate time. If you’re lucky, it will never occur, but if you’re someone like me, it occurs at the worst possible time. Years ago, I purchased the most gorgeous sky blue knitted outfit. The top was oversized and the skirt was floor length. I wore this with black heels until I was able to find the exact color shoes to match. One day I noticed a slight pull right at the hemline. Lucky for me, the outfit was a very high quality design made of high quality knit. It was sold with the exact material needed to reknit the hemline. I had no idea how to knit, but I took it to a seamstress and before long, my outfit looked new again. Make sure when purchasing knits, or items that are knitted, crocheted or constructed of sweater material the item has extra material, buttons, embellishments or any items that can be lost or damaged added.
Consumers often find that many fashions sold today are constructed with beautiful, unique buttons attached. If extras are not attached, there is usually no way to find duplicates at your local sewing center or department store. Other than going back into the same location and purchasing the outfit a second time, you have no choice but to replace all the buttons on the outfit. Most times, the appeal of the outfit is in the attachments. Designers usually provide extra buttons. However, sometimes, the outfit may not be sold with extra buttons or all sizes. When it doesn’t, weigh the cost of replacing all the buttons if one is lost.
When purchasing high quality attire, take a few seconds and check for extra buttons or embellishments. You never know when a loose thread may cause a button to go missing.