It’s week #2 in our Designer Genes Devo  adventure! I’ve been hearing about lots of girls who are reading and enjoying the book and I’m praying that it will have a positive influence on all of you. 😀

Chapter 2 – Is Fashion Your Passion? – page 8

Think you know everything there is to know about clothes? Try this fun fashion vocabulary quiz! How many of these clothing-related words can you define or explain? The answers are at the end of this post.

  • dart
  • hem
  • pleat
  • appliqué
  • soutache (no, not moustache!!) 😀
  • bias
  • raglan

Nowadays, society seems obsessed with fashion and trends. Just pick up a teen celebrity magazine and you’ll see page after page of photos and articles about what’s in style now, who’s wearing what shoes, what the hottest colours are, how you should wear your jeans, and — get this — how to “be yourself” and have a “unique” look. So, um, how come all the kids at school dress the same?

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If we girls didn’t look at magazines or celebrities but followed our own minds and imaginations, don’t you think we’d all look a whole lot nicer? With a bit of creativity and research into some of the styles from history or from other countries, you will find there is a lot more to fashion and looking good than just following the trends you see at your local mall.

Long ago, girls used to sew their own dresses and outfits, which meant they were truly unique because they didn’t just buy them at the store. You don’t have to sew your own clothes, but try to think of ways you can dress to really reflect who you are, and what makes you different and special from everyone else.

Remember, it’s not your designer jeans that make you the incredible girl you are… it’s your Designer genes! As you do this week’s devotions, take time to thank God for making you you. Also, ask Him to help you make good decisions about what to wear. You don’t need a lot of money, a slim body or the latest trends to look beautiful. The smile you will get on your face when you think about how precious you are to God will be irresistible to other people! 😀


Answers to Quiz

dart = V-shaped tuck that is sewn into a garment in order to shape the fabric so that the garment fits the rounded parts of the body.

hem = The lower edge of a part of a garment that has been finished off with some type of sewing to cover the raw edge.

pleat = A fold of fabric that is either stitched down or held in place some other way to make a garment look more full. Here’s an example of a pleated skirt…


appliqué =  Cutting shapes from fabrics and attaching them to another fabric or garment in order to decorate the original material.

soutache = A flat braid, generally rather narrow. Applied in rows or, more often, in complex ornamental patterns to decorate areas of a garment. Here’s some really neat soutache on a jacket. (The jacket’s not really a tween style, I know, but wouldn’t that soutache look really cool on a jean jacket?)

bias = Bias is the diagonal direction of a woven fabric. Unless woven from stretch yarns, fabrics stretch more in the bias direction than in the length or width.

raglan = Sleeve style in which the underarm seam of the sleeve is extended to the neckline at the front and the back, like this…


Isn’t it fun to learn new things? 😀


Here’s another quick quiz. Can you guess what decade these teen fashions are from? Is it 1870s, 1920s, ’40s, ’70s, 2000s, or some other time? 


Click here for the answer!