top of page
  • Londa

Couture Outlet Snoop Shopping-United Apparel Liquidators

United Apparel Liquidators is a Couture Outlet that every sewer needs to know about.  You’ll not find any better ‘snoop shopping’ as I call it than what your eyes will feast on at this chain of stores.

Discovering this store walking down Chartres Street in New Orleans on our recent vacation was a real treat.  Of course, I snapped lots of pictures of what caught my eye – and I’m happy to share those with you in this and tomorrow’s posts.

3-Holed Vest

This looks SEW SEW simple to do!  Asking then how it as to be worn, the cute worker a happy to model this piece.  Sorry – I forgot to take a note/picture of the price tag.


alt="3 Hole Vest Looks LIke"

Note how the straight end cascades below her left arm.


3 Hole Vest

Diagonal Flounce Top

So So simple – again!  I promise – the exact how-to’s for adding this flounce to a simple jewel neck, darted top are found in my Flirty Flounces pattern HERE

alt="diagonal flounce top"
alt="diagonal flounce top"

I also taught the basic principles in my episode for It’s Sew Easy

Small Details Make the Difference

The shoulder detail on this yellow top caught my eye. Follow these simple steps to add a similar detail to your garment.

  1. Again – simple, simple, simple.

  2. Decide the finished size and shape.

  3. Cut, adding 1/4″ seam allowance.

  4. Interface upper side with a fusible.

  5. Turn right side out.Add a buttonhole.

  6. Stitch to inside, wrap around armhole, and fasten with a button.


alt="shoulder tab"
alt="inside shoulder tab"

Underlined Exposed Lapped Seams

I did a double-take at this velvet sleeveless and waisted dress.  Look closely and Yes, you’ll realize that the white raveled edges on the neckline and princess seams is the white woven muslin-type underlining!!!!!  I can’t say I liked it – not one little bit, but also don’t miss the price tag… $1195 to start!


alt="raw cotton and velvet lapped seams"