This Free book features mens and womens fashion designs from all over the world.

It contains a visual list of tools, textiles, and wearable art, from bygone times to the present day. 

Each term in this full color fashion glossary is accompanied by crisp, clear image. 

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The Illustrated Glossary of Fabric, Fashion, and Style

by Judee Shipman



CABLE STITCH: A sewing stitch that looks like a length of cord, often use for making sweaters. 

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CAGOULE: A hood with eyeholes that is designed to be pulled down over the face, such as a ski mask. 

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CALENDER: A fabric flattening process involving rollers, similar to ironing. The technique is often used for applying finishes to textiles.  

Shown below, a fabric calendering machine. 

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CALICO: A woven cotton fabric from India, typically used for making quilts. 

Below, a first-year fashion student uses calico drapery to create a "bridal look." 

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CAMBRIC: A lightweight, tightly woven cotton or linen fabric, calendared on one side to create a subtle sheen.  

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CAMEL HAIR: A luxury fabric similar to cashmere or mohair, most commonly seen in fancy overcoats.

Below, this model wears a camel hair suit jacket. 

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CAMISOLE: A short, sleeveless lingerie item for women. 

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CANDLEWICK: A type of fabric with a fuzzy surface texture, somewhat like Chenille. Often used for bedspreads, robes, and curtains. 

Below, a vintage candlewick cotton dress from the 1930s. 

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CANVAS: A super heavy duty, highly water resistant fabric. Canvas is often used to make handbags, shoes, and outdoor wear. 

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CAPE: A sleeveless outer garment that is worn around the shoulders and fastened at the neck. The cape hem is usually between waist length and ankle length. 

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CAPELET: A short cape extending to the middle of the back. 

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CAPOTE: A style of cape that was popular in the early 19th century, but is still seen in womens fashion today, as shown below. 

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CAPRI PANTS: Also known as pedal pushers, Capri pants are hemmed somewhere between the knee and the lower calf. 

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CAP SLEEVE: A very short sleeve that covers only the shoulder. 

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CARDIGAN: A collarless knitted sweater, usually with buttons down the front. 

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CARGO PANTS: Pants with large outer pockets of varying sizes, typically featuring flaps, snaps, zippers, and/or button closures. 

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CAR LENGTH: The length of a coat that extends just down to the upper thighs. 

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CARPENTER PANTS: Durable canvas pants with five pockets and a hammer loop. 

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CASEMENT CLOTH: Any sheer, lightweight fabric used for window treatments, but occasionally used in womens fashion. 

Shown below, an 18th century casement cloth dress. 

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CASHMERE: A luxury fabric made from the soft undercoat of a cashmere goat. Very popular in womens fashion. 

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CATCH STITCH: A large cross stitch used mainly in seams and hems. 

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CENDAL: A type of silk resembling taffeta, typically used for interlining by womens fashion designers. 

CHACONNE: A ribbon that dangles from the shirt collar to the chest. 

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CHALLIS: A type of printed woven fabric. 

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CHAMELEON: A tri-tone (3-color) graphic effect where the fabric color changes with the angle of the viewer. Popular in both mens and womens fashion. 

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CHANDERI: A woven silk fabric from India. 

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CHAND-TARA: A moon-and-star motif that originated in India, and is a popular jewelry design. 

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CHANTILLY LACE: A French lace fabric with ornately embroidered floral patterns. Often used in bridal womens fashion. 

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CHARMEUSE: A lightweight fabric with a satin finish on one side. 

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CHAUBANDI CHOLO: A short upper garment, fastened with tied cords. 

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CHAUGOSHIA (TOPI): A four-cornered cap. 

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CHECK: A graphic design featuring uniform squares or rectangles. 

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The Illustrated Glossary of Fabric, Fashion, and Style


Chapter 1 

Chapter 2  

Chapter 3  

Chapter 4  

Chapter 5  

Chapter 6  (You Are Here) 

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  

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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Events That Happened On Christmas Day

Yule Log - Chapter One

Yule Log - Chapter Two

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


Crazy Horse Appearing - Introduction

Crazy Horse Appearing - Chapter 1 

Crazy Horse Appearing - Chapter 2

Crazy Horse Appearing - Chapter 3

Crazy Horse Appearing - Chapter 4

Crazy Horse Appearing - Chapter 5

Crazy Horse Appearing - Chapter 6

Crazy Horse Appearing - Chapter 7

Crazy Horse Appearing - Chapter 8

Crazy Horse Appearing - Chapter 9

Crazy Horse Appearing - Chapter 10

Crazy Horse Appearing - Appendixes