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For your convenience, here is a list of commonly used alterations/sewing terms with wedding gowns and women's formalwear.



Topstitch hem-stitching is visible from outside where you actually see the stitch line


Taffetta-medium weight, stiffer fabric that sounds crunchy when it moves


Mushroom hem-outside layer attaced to lining and gathered making outside layer "mushroom" or balloon


Bodice-Top of garment to the waist seam


Straps-can be thin to thick, they are sewn in but separate material and not a continuous part of the bodice


Sleeveless (Shoulders)-has an actual armhole where the part that goes over the shoulder is continuous fabric from the bodice