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BED•U•CA•TION 101: Dressmaker Details

Bed U Cation 202: Dressmaker Details | Annie Selke's Fresh American Style

You’ve surely heard the saying, “it’s all in the details.” When it comes to home décor, and bedding in particular, we could not agree more. Ruffles, pleats, trim and embroidery, they just make everything a bit more unique and pleasing to the eye. Read on to learn more about dressmaker details and how to recognize and appreciate them in your favorite bedding and accessories.

What Are Dressmaker Details?

Think of the way a satin dress falls from a draped shoulder into soft pleats at the waist, or the cascading ruffle on a curtain. These ornate dressmaker details turn mere fabric into a seductive statement, adding interest and sophistication to any space. Dressmaker details can be divided into two categories: architectural detail and adornment.

 

ARCHITECTURAL DETAIL

Using a needle and thread to create a 3-D form, such as:

  • Pleating
  • Ruffles
  • Pin Tucks
  • Smocking
  • Button Tufting

These apply to window treatments, bed skirts, bedding, and upholstered pieces, like chairs, sofas and headboards.

Bed U Cation 101: Dress Maker Details | Annie Selke's Fresh American Style

Stonington Tufted Headboard

/ Lodi Silver Matelassé Shams and Coverlet

/ Massimo Silver Duvet Cover and Shams

Bed U Cation 101: DressMaker Details | Annie Selke's Fresh American Style

Cintia Grey Bedding

 

ADORNMENT

Adding embellishment to the surface of an item that attracts and engages the eye such as:

  • Lace edging and other trims
  • Embroidery
  • Beading and sequins
  • Applique
  • Buttons
  • Gimp
  • Nailhead Trim

These details can be used anywhere, from curtains and pillows to upholstery and slipcovers.

Bed U Cation 101: DressMaker Details | Annie Selke's Fresh American Style

Glaze Sequin Grey Decorative Pillow and Bed Skirt

Bed U Cation 101: Dressmaker Details | Annie Selke's Fresh American Style

Ruffled and Embroidered Bed Linens

The key to dressmaker details is to not overdo it. Dressmaker details should enhance the piece they’re used on, not overwhelm it.

Bed U Cation 101: Dressmaker Details | Annie Selke's Fresh American Style

Regina Grey Coverlet and Shams / Laundered Ruffle Sheeting

 

Dressmaker details add softness, femininity and a touch of refined romance to any space. Here three of the most popular and widely-used dressmaker details:

 

Embroidery

Delicately embroidered sheeting can add subtle beauty to your bed without being overwhelming.

Bed U Cation 101: Dressmaker Details | Annie Selke's Fresh American Style

Isabella Embroidered Sheets

 

Embroidered decorative pillows offer texture and visual interest to a bed or piece of furniture and can be easily swapped out with changing seasons or tastes.

Bed U Cation 101: Dressmaker Details | Annie Selke's Fresh American Style

Isabella Decorative Pillow

Bed U Cation 101: Dressmaker Details | Annie Selke's Fresh American Style

Chadna Grey Decorative Pillow

Bed U Cation 101: Dressmaker Details | Annie Selke's Fresh American Style

Thumbprint Pearl Grey Decorative Pillow

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tufting

Tufting is an easy way to introduce dressmaker details to an interior. Think tufting on a fabulous sofa, a sculptural headboard or a luxurious armchair or ottoman.

Bed U Cation 101: Dressmaker Details | Annie Selke's Fresh American Style

Stonington Tufted Headboard

Bed U Cation 101: Dressmaker Details | Annie Selke's Fresh American Style

Gauze Metallic Tufted Ottoman

Bed U Cation 101: Dressmaker Details | Annie Selke's Fresh American Style

Gauze Metallic Richmond Sofa

Ruffles

Bed U Cation 101: Dressmaker Details | Annie Selke's Fresh American Style

Ruffles are the epitome of femininity. Annie loves a three- to four-inch single-sided ruffle or pleat on the edge of a curtain or pillow sham (shop ruffled bedding here). And who doesn’t love a bit of a ruffled detail on a chair?

Bed U Cation 101: Dressmaker Details | Annie Selke's Fresh American Style

Laundered Ruffle Sheeting

Bed U Cation 101: Dressmaker Details | Annie Selke's Fresh American Style

Ellis Chair

 

What are some of your favorite dressmaker details? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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2 comments

Debra Lee July 12, 2017 at 4:11 pm

Love the clean lines of pleats!

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Nicole L'etoile July 12, 2017 at 4:15 pm

Yes, pleats are a great design element!

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