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Monday, 8 April 2013

Spot the frippet: soutache.

We're only just emerging from the bleak mid spring in England at the moment - snow has fallen snow on snow, snow on snow, and the flowers that bloom in the spring, tra la, have spent far too much of the time, I'm afraid, buried - so here's something utterly trivial to divert us.


is soutache.

The decoration on this bit of curtain is, too.

And so the stuff round the bottom of this skirt, and on the sleeves:

If you should look out of your window and fail to see a lady in a crinoline then perhaps one of these:

Unidentified Confederate Captain

might come marching by.

(Actually, that's a confederate captain, so on the whole perhaps let's hope not. Lovely sleeves, though.)

Nowadays soutache is used to make some gloriously peachy jewellery:

Allegro Appassionato by Anneta Valious

Which is only to be expected, because it's an absolute peach of a word.

Spot the frippet: soutache. This word came to English from French, but it's one of the rare English words that originated in Hungary. It comes from sujtas.

As for spotting some soutache, I should think the best bet might be a bridal shop, a milliner's, a brass band, or a passing-out parade in Ruritania.

If none of these is possible, then soutache should to be found in any good shop selling sewing supplies.


  1. Oh how I love learning a new haberdashery word!! Hurray. I have never known how to describe this work on dresses, costumes etc so my vocab has grown and I am much the better for it. I am going to use it all the time. Well, whenever I can! I feared it might be something to do with facial hair!! Am going to tweet this!

  2. Yes, it dees sound like one of those silly beards that look as if one's false moustache has slipped, doesn't it.

    Not that I have a moustache of any kind, false or otherwise.