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Decorative trimmings are small items which are placed on the garment and stitched. They include the following:
Sequins are flat circular objects made to reflect light and can be arranged in dif-ferent ways depending upon the effect desired. These can be used in borders or can be scattered all over the garment. For rich effect sequins are over lapped with each other. They can be combined with other decoration also. Sequins and beads can be stitched or glued to fabric.
Beads are used to add beauty to a fabric. Beads are made of metal, plastic or wood. They are available in different shapes and sizes. They have a hole in the centre to sew it to the garment (Figure 14.14).
Mirrors are available as small metals, similar to real looking glasses. The metal mirrors have small holes at the edges which enable them to stitch to the gar-ment. Whereas the glass mirrors are first fixed using long stitches to hold them to the fabric. Then it is finished with blanket stitches. Mirrors vary in shape and size.
Rhinestones are flat diamond like spar-kling beads from rock crystal found on the river side. They come in different shapes, colour and size. They can be easily sewed or glued to the fabric. They can enhance the appearance of a plain outfit (Figure 14.15).
Heat transfers are commonly known as stickers. To prepare heat transfers, the design to be added as decoration is first created on a special paper. This paper is placed on the garment, where the decora-tion is needed and pressed with hot iron. The heat from the iron box transfers the design to the garment. The most common heat transfer designs are numbers and names. Cartoon motifs are also used for children’s wear.
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