Many kinds of seams are possible in the various types of garments, some practical and some decorative as well. In this short discussion of the processes in dressmaking it will be impossible to explain how each kind of seam is made. In order to recall the different types of seams the following outline is made. The kind of seam to be used in making a garment should be decided before the garment is basted together, in order to avoid unnecessary basting.

For underwear and plain dresses: Plain seam; French seam; stitched fell; hemmed fell; overhand fell.

For lingerie dresses and waists: French seam; hemmed fell; seam made with entre-deux; standing fell; rolled seam.

For tailored wool or silk garments: French seam; stitched fell; welt seam; double-stitched welt; cord seam; plain seam; slot seam; strapped seam; lapped seam.

For silk and fine wool dresses: Plain seam; plain seam bound; plain seam made, edges turned to wrong side and sewed together with running stitch; piquot edge.