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Even if we have spare change in our pockets for our “wants,” we still have to think thoroughly about how we spend our money and if we are spending them on the right things. For clothes, here are ways to spot if it's worth the fruits of your toil.





[text_image img="https://8list.com.ph/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/garment-text-photo-8.jpg" width="100%" type="subheading"]8. Needle marks[/text_image]


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Always check for needle marks. When the garment has them (they're small holes in a line pattern), it only means that that area was sewn accidentally, and that it's been fixed. Thing is, once the mark is there, you can’t take it off. Aesthetically speaking, these marks are too small for anyone to notice but practically speaking, these needle marks can loosen the fabric and cause tears.

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[text_image img="https://8list.com.ph/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/garment-text-photo-7.jpg" width="100%" type="subheading"]7. Hanging thread[/text_image]

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In garment manufacturing, one of the last steps is quality control. This is when they check if patterns have been followed to the last millimeter, if buttons are properly attached and it's when all hanging threads are sheared off. If the piece of clothing you're looking at has great quality, then it shouldn't have hanging threads, at the very least.

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Watch out for loose threads. They may be nothing but excess thread but what if those threads are unlocked ends? The sewer might have forgotten to lock the last stitches. If this happens, your clothes might rip open while you are in public causing you some embarrassment.

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[text_image img="https://8list.com.ph/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/garment-text-photo-5.jpg" width="100%" type="subheading"]5. Unfinished hem that doesn’t suit the fabric[/text_image]

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The hem is typically folded and stitched but there are designs and fabrics that don't need stitching. Note that a raw hemline can only be done using certain fabrics, ones that have a high thread count so that the threads are highly intact, otherwise, you'll walk around in a runny skirt.

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Again, there should be no way that this gets past quality control. It’s obvious, why would you buy clothes with armpit holes, right? Imagine going around in public and showing everyone your armpit!

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[text_image img="https://8list.com.ph/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/garment-text-photo-3.jpg" width="100%" type="subheading"]3. Any cut holes on the body[/text_image]

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If you’re aiming for a rugged look, then why not just experiment using your old clothes. You don’t need to spend too much on a shirt with with holes on it, (sometimes even if it’s a part of the design.) For me, if if it's something I can DIY, I’d rather not spend and just be creative.

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[text_image img="https://8list.com.ph/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/garment-text-photo-2a.jpg" width="100%" type="subheading"]2. Miss match of fabrics[/text_image]

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When you buy clothes, be sure that the fabrics go great together not just aesthetically but also the by function. Design-wise, you wouldn’t want to look like a rag with different prints and textures, but function-wise, imagine yourself wearing chiffon top with leather sleeves, maybe it will work in occasion but if we’re talking about value for your money, then you should also consider the function of the fabric.

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[text_image img="https://8list.com.ph/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/garment-text-photo-1.jpg" width="100%" type="subheading"]1. Design[/text_image]

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Finally, the design. There is a reason why there is a head designer in every apparel company. They are there to make sure that the designs they release are very well thought out. Stay away from knock-offs. I know we all want to be unique, but putting your money on knock-offs of luxury brands instead of good quality clothes that are within your budget is just not worth it.

Function of the design (and not just the fabric) also matters. It's sad looking at people who are obviously uncomfortable with what they're wearing, no matter how good they look.

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Dannavie Chanyongco

Dannavie is a 23-year-old student who started her career in designing for apparel companies. She is the Head Fashion Designer in Charlie Apparel, also known as Sunnies by Charlie. She struggles to find a way on how Wearable Technology can be accepted in Philippines.

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