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Embellishments are very important in clothing. They make outfits stand out and look very stylish. With embellishments, clothing looks distinct, creative, and classy.

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In the olden days, only the rich could afford to add various embellishments to their clothing. It was mostly used by members of the royal family.

In recent times, everyone can afford to add a degree of embellishments to their clothing. The true test of a fashion designer is seeing how they can use the embellishments to decorate clients’ fabric.

Embellishments are as simple as pin tucks, detachable flowers, rosette, and draping, to quite complex processes such as beading, appliques, and boning.

Embellishments take time and money. Therefore, the type of embellishments fashion designers uses in sewing is majorly dependent on the amount a client is willing to pay for such service.

Here are three popular embellishments fashion designers in Nigeria use and how to add them to your clothing.

1. Beading

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Beading is the process of stitching beads to fabric, leather, or other foundation material to embellish the surface. Bead embroidery does not require any special tools or supplies beyond the basic bead weaving supplies.

Beading is to decorate fabrics. The beads can be stitched one after the other, in long lengths or weaved with the fabric.

Adding beads to fabric is one of the ultimate fabric embellishments. Beads bring a different level of brilliance and dimension to the fabric. The aftermath effect of beading is unparallel. You can add beads of different sizes and colors of your choice.

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Fabric beading is mostly done by hand stitching. The stitching technique used to bead is basic and simple. Anyone familiar with hand needle and thread can bead.

When beading your fabric, you can sew it as spots, one bead, sequin, or pearl singly sewn or as rows, the pearls, beads, and sequin are sewn collectively. Beading is a creative process, it takes patience and creativity to be finely done.

When beading, you can have in mind an overall look you want for the particular outfit

2. Appliqué

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 Appliqué is ornamental needlework in which pieces or patches of fabric in different shapes and patterns are sewn or stuck onto a larger piece to form a picture or pattern. It is commonly used as decoration, especially on garments. The technique is accomplished either by hand stitching or by machine.

Fabric appliqué are fabric scraps, shaped and trimmed into different patterns to make beautiful designs.

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An applique is a form of needlework where pieces of fabric are cut into shapes, and then sewn onto another piece of fabric.

Appliqué can be used to embellish outfits in a very unique way. It is mostly used to design wedding dresses, red carpet dresses, etc.

3. Boning


The boning helps a garment maintain its shape and stay wrinkle-free. While it is most often used in a corset, bustier, swimsuit, or strapless gown, it can also be used strategically in other garments. Use boning to stand up a collar, keep folds or pleats in place, and keep necklines from sagging.

In Nigeria, boning is used for almost every elegant look. It is now nearly impossible to go to social functions and not find a good number of ladies wearing dresses with boning.


Embellishing is a creative process. It takes a creative mind to create mind-blowing designs with embellishments.


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This article was first published on 10th June 2022


My name is Agbagba Bukola. I write about the business and exciting world of fashion.

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