Know Your Shirt Fabric Patterns: A Visual Guide


My most recent reference transaction was a gentleman who asked me to identify his dress shirt check pattern so he could have better luck at replacing it.  That lead to this  website that may be of use to all of you.

Style Guide: Know Your Shirt Fabric Patterns

Tattersall Check from A Shirt Style Guide

Another guide linked from this site:

Style Guide:  Know Your Fabrics

Do you have any online resources to share?  Please post!

Sandra Ley (FTC SIG Moderator)

Fashion Edit-a-Thon Les Arts Décoratifs 22 March 2014

The next in our series of Europeana Fashion edit-a-thons will take place at Les Arts Décoratifs in Paris on 22 March 2014. You are invited to come and write about the theme fashion and craftmanship on Wikipedia!

Collection Rosine Buhler, 1920-1950. The library of Les Arts Décoratifs has great resources you can use during the fashion edit-a-thon © Les Arts Décoratifs, Paris

Not only will you learn how to write on Wikipedia, edit-a-thons are also a great way to meet like-minded people from all corners of the fashion sector and there will be plenty of networking opportunities during the breakfast, lunch and drinks after.

You can also participate in a tour of the museum’s latest fashion exhibition Dries Van Noten – Inspirations. The exhibition perfectly completements the theme of the day “fashion and craftmanship” as Dries Van Noten is known for his intricate detailing.

The edit-a-thon will take place in the beautiful library of Les Arts Décoratifs © Les Arts Décoratifs, Paris

Participating in the fashion edit-a-thon is entirely free. You can register via

Please note that an introduction to writing on Wikipedia will take place at Les Arts Décoratifs on 13 March from 16h until 18h. The working language of both days is French. You can find more information on the website of Les Arts Décoratifs.

Programme 22 March (subject to small changes):

8h30-9h00       welcome with a small French breakfast
9h00-9h30       presentations
9h30-10h00     start writing
12h30-13h15   lunch
13h15-14h00   exhibition visit Dries Van Noten – Inspirations
14h00-17h00 continue writing, snacks and drinks available
17h00-17h30   putting text online, end of session
17h30-………  drinks

SFP’s Fantastic Fashion Books Will Be at ARLIS/NA

VIVIENNE TAM’s F/W 2014 Collection, from The SFP LookBook

Schiffer Fashion Press (SFP) is thrilled to announce that it will bring a wonderful selection of its 400+ books on apparel, textile, accessories, technique, and fashion history to the 42nd Annual ARLIS/NA conference in Washington, DC. Visit SFP at table #82 to see titles like the latest SFP LookBook, an indispensable volume of runway images from Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week New York, or see fashions from today’s emerging designers in Emerging Fashion Designers 3 and Europe: Rising Fashion Designers 2. SFP will also have examples of its great titles on fashion history, including Irene, a Designer from the Golden Age of Hollywood and Decades of Hats: 1900 to the 1970s.

In fact, if you see a specific title in the SFP catalog that you would like us to bring to the conference, just send a note to Jesse Marth at and we will make sure to pack it. See you in DC!

A new imprint of Schiffer Publishing, Ltd., SFP launched after learning that the design library at Ralph Lauren was filled with Schiffer titles, including many of its books on military uniforms. With this information and knowing that its books on vintage fashions, textile, and accessories were used by other fashion designers, enthusiasts, and educators, Schiffer decided to bring all of these titles into one imprint.

SFP’s mission is to provide inspiration, historical reference, and instruction to all areas of the fashion community. As such, SFP features a diverse selection of topics such as contemporary fashions, fashion accessories and jewelry, vintage fashions and textiles, military and aviation uniforms, and design and construction techniques.

Visit and like our facebook page to see additional looks from the F/W 2014 collections shown at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week New York.

Zero + Maria Cornejo: “Clothes for the girl who reads”

December 11, 2013 | New York, Pre-Fall 2014, runway, Women, Zero + Maria Cornejo from Stylesight’s Daily Chronicles Blog.

“They’re clothes for the girl who reads, finishing a book is aspirational right now.” — Deirdre Pérez

Hilarious AND fabulous.  Props to Ms. Pérez!

Visit the Stylesight Daily Chronicles blog for more fashion fixes.

Europeana Fashion Publishes Guidelines on Intellectual Property Rights

What do Chanel’s interlocking Cs, Louboutin’s red sole and David Bowie’s stage costumes have in common? The answer is they are all protected by intellectual property (IP).

In collaboration with the Europeana Foundation, Europeana Fashion is publishing guidelines on how to manage IP in fashion content. By releasing these guidelines, the Europeana Foundation and Europeana Fashion want to promote awareness around sharing and re-using intellectual property in-and outside the fashion domain and provide support in a time of proliferation of cultural content in both on and offline media.

The guidelines were originally developed in 2012-2013 by the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A), partner in the Europeana Fashion project, to provide content providers to the Europeana Fashion portal with a pragmatic approach to securing permission from rights holders. Europeana Fashion has recognised the potential usefulness for professionals in galleries, libraries, archives, museums (GLAMs) and creative industries and wishes to share this best practice with others in the cultural heritage sector.

Intellectual Property Manager at the V&A, says

“Fashion is as important as any other art or design practice and from established design houses like Chanel to emerging designers, it’s crucial their work is appropriately protected. Cultural institutions have a responsibility to pursue best practice, give credit where credit is due and educate others in a virtual world.”

Download the IPR guidelines from Europeana Fashion.
Download the Europeana Fashion Press Release – Europeana Fashion Launches IP Guidelines | |