Seam Spotlight: Unraveling the Artistry of Fashion's Diverse Seam

MAES is "SEAM" spelled backwards.

Seams are the unsung heroes of the fashion world, holding together the very fabric that defines our style. They go beyond mere functionality, serving as intricate details that elevate a garment from ordinary to extraordinary. In this exploration of seams, we delve into the diverse types available, each with its unique purpose and characteristics.

At MAES London we use a variety of different seams according to the garment construction, working with and understanding the designers vision is important to us in order to help guide designers with the appropriate seam choices. We want to shed some light on the significance and purpose of the right seams in this post! 

Understanding Seams

Defining Seams: A Stitch in Time

Seams: A seam, in its essence, is a juncture where two layers of materials meet and are brought together by stitches. It's the silent architect behind every piece of clothing, forming the foundation upon which a garment is built. Seams can be either closed, seamlessly integrating the seam allowance, or open, revealing the intricate work of stitches.

Few classifications:

  1. Visible / Exposed seam : These seams are visible on the garment on the right side of the fabric.
  2. Hidden Seam: This type hides the seam allowance, therefore all the seams are not visible from the right side of the fabric.

Apart from functionality, Both of these seams can be a design feature to the garments. 

A Few Types of Seams MAES London Uses: 

    1. French Seam: Ideal for delicate and lightweight fabrics like chiffon or organza, this seam conceals raw edges and presents a refined finish.

    2. Flat-Felled Seam: A powerhouse in closed seams, commonly found in denim jeans. It not only covers raw edges but also ensures a flat crease, contributing to the durability of the garment. One of the strongest seams.

    3. Overlock: A seam finish commonly used in sewing to prevent raw edges of fabric from fraying. It is created using an overlock machine, which simultaneously trims the fabric edge and encases it with thread, producing a neat and durable edge. Overlock can be a 3-Thread, 4-thread and 5-thread overlock. All of have different purposes.

    4. Lapped Seam: Designed for fabrics that don't fray easily, such as leather or fleece. It involves overlapping the right sides of the fabric, offering a distinctive look.

    5.Binding: A method of finishing the edges of fabric by enclosing them with a separate strip or tape of fabric, known as binding. However you could also bind the edges of a seam to trap the seam allowances. You can bind a seam together or bind open.

    6. Bind Open: An open seam where the edges of the seam allowance is bound separately, usually in a contrasting fabric. 

    In the world of fashion, every stitch tells a story. The choice of seam becomes an integral part of that narrative, weaving together the threads of fabric, style, and craftsmanship. So keep an eye out for the part 2 of this post where we will explore more on how to choose the right seam.....

    At MAES London we consider the artistry of seams, for they are not just mere joints but the fine details that breathe life into your creations. Get in touch today, to start your design journey with us at!