Sometimes... one should look at a piece of clothing from the inside. While they usually all look nice on the outside, it's the construction (and not just the material) where the quality shows.
This gorgeous, oh-so-summery vintage Emilio Pucci skirt has been in my closet for some time. It needed a little bit of mending, just a few stitches that had come lose. Turning it over and giving the construction a closer look, the skirt gave away a few of it's secrets...
At the end of the dart on the right, there are the just-there remains of a little pencil (or whatever it was) mark to show the seamstress up to where the dart goes.
The seam. At first glance, it looks like the border was part of the print - but it was actually a separately printed piece of fabric, that was sewn on...
This is also a nice way to hide the seam stiches. The upper edge peeking out here is from the actual skirt, and below is the backside of the border - a piece of "normal" fabric, that was sewn to the border piece exactly on the edge. The accuracy of the work is just beautiful.
A zip that has been sewn in with different colors of thread? There must be a reason... turn it over...
Et voilà! The differently colored threads were used to match the colors of the print! I have never seen this being done on a garment before.
And while we're at it... I love the washing instructions (not that I would ever hand this to a dry cleaner...):