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The Illustrated Glossary of Fabric, Fashion, and Style

by Judee Shipman



OATMEAL CLOTH: A grainy fabric with a speckled surface, often used for upholstery and drapes.

Shown below, two styles of oatmeal cloth. 

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ODHANI: A ladies' garment that tucks into a waistband, covers the head from behind, then drapes over one shoulder. 

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OFF THE SHOULDER NECKLINE: A neckline that hugs the upper arms just below the shoulders. 

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OIL CLOTH: A cotton fabric treated with linseed oil, then glazed for water-resistance. Used for making aprons and light raincoats, among other things. 

Below, a lady carries a colorful, faux leather, oil cloth satchel bag. 

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OMBRE: A gradual change in shade or color, appearing as one hue dissolving into another.  

Shown below, a lady models an ombre dress by Ralph Lauren at New York Fashion Week. 

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OPERA GLOVES: A long pair of dress gloves extending up past the elbows. 

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OPTICAL ILLUSION DRESS: A dress with contrasting color blocking up the sides, to suggest a slimmer or curvier figure. This design was popularized by Stella McCartney. 

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ORGANDYA stiff, sheer, lightweight transparent fabric with a crisp finish. 

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ORGANZAA stiff, sheer, lightweight transparent fabric, like organdy, but made from silk. 

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OSNABURG: A coarse, industrial strength cotton fabric sometimes used for upholstery, and at other times among the latest fashion trends. 

Shown below, an Osnaburg cotton shoulder bag. 

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OTTOMAN: A knit or woven fabric with wide ribbing, typically used for upholstery, drapes, and the latest fashion trends in women's wear. 

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OUTLINE STITCH: A sewing stitch that follows the outline of a design drawn onto the fabric. 

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OUTRĂˆ: Overdone, excessive, or exaggerated. 

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OVERALLS: Durable work pants with a pocketed bib attached. Overalls were originally designed as protective, utilitarian clothing for farm workers and other hard laborers. 

But every now and then, overalls become one of the latest fashion trends. 

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OVERCOAT: Any coat that is worn over clothes for the purpose of warmth. 

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OVERSKIRT: A skirt worn over another garment. The overskirt is often sheer, or shorter than the inner skirt, so that both skirts are visible. 

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OVER-THE-KNEE BOOT: A boot that extends to just above the knee. 

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OXFORD: 1. A type of shoe (see Balmoral). 2. A type of cotton fabric commonly used to make shirts. 

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The Illustrated Glossary of Fabric, Fashion, and Style


Chapter 1 

Chapter 2  

Chapter 3  

Chapter 4  

Chapter 5  

Chapter 6  

Chapter 7  

Chapter 8 

Chapter 9 

Chapter 10 

Chapter 11  

Chapter 12  

Chapter 13  

Chapter 14 

Chapter 15  

Chapter 16 

Chapter 17 

Chapter 18  

Chapter 19

Chapter 20 

Chapter 21 

Chapter 22  

Chapter 23   

Chapter 24  (You Are Here) 

Chapter 25  

Chapter 26

Chapter 27  

Chapter 28  

Chapter 29  

Chapter 30  

Chapter 31  

Chapter 32  

Chapter 33  

Chapter 34  

Chapter 35   

Chapter 36  

Chapter 37  

Chapter 38  

Chapter 39  

Chapter 40

Chapter 41


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Yule Log - Chapter Three

Yule Log - Chapter Four

Yule Log - Chapter Five

Yule Log - Chapter Six

Yule Log - Chapter Seven

Yule Log - Chapter Eight

Yule Log - Chapter Nine

Yule Log - Chapter Ten


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Crazy Horse Appearing - Chapter 2

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Crazy Horse Appearing - Chapter 5

Crazy Horse Appearing - Chapter 6

Crazy Horse Appearing - Chapter 7

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