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Try These Color Combinations for Ice Dyeing

Try These Color Combinations for Ice Dyeing

In Threads #174 (August/September 2014), authors Nick Coman and Chase Wong explain a fascinating way to create random, unique patterns on fabric with ice dyeing. They share a few of their favorite color combinations for ice dyeing in this Web extra.

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Video: Use Elastic to Space Buttons

Video: Use Elastic to Space Buttons

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See how easy it can be to space buttons and buttonholes with this quick tip from Threads.

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Underlining with Fusible Interfacing

Underlining with Fusible Interfacing

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Excellent fusible products make underlining a breeze and give your fabric and garments a boost.

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Q&A: Freezing Bug-Infested Garments

Q&A: Freezing Bug-Infested Garments

An costume and textiles expert answers

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Sew an Unexposed Zipper

Sew an Unexposed Zipper

This couture technique makes a regular zipper appear stitchless.

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How to Salvage Your Selvages

How to Salvage Your Selvages

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A good selvage is like a bonus with your fabric purchase. Learn nine clever and creative ways to use fabric edges.

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Pattern-Grading Basics

Pattern-Grading Basics

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How to scale a pattern from the size you have to the size you need.

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A Visit With a Savile Row Tailor

A Visit With a Savile Row Tailor

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When I was in London recently, I visited tailor Richard Anderson. Here's a behind-the-scenes look at his workroom and a walk through his method for matching plaids.

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TWO Book Giveaway: Sew Fun and Sewing School 2

TWO Book Giveaway: "Sew Fun" and "Sewing School 2"

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Enter for your chance to win these great books with fun projects for the whole family!

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Add High-End Elements to Your Garments

Add High-End Elements to Your Garments

Enrich your wardrobe with a designer-inspired slot seam or cargo pocket.

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7 Ways to Make a Custom Dress Form

7 Ways to Make a Custom Dress Form

Making your very own personalized dress form will make fitting a breeze. Try these techniques and see which one you like best.

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Use Couched Elastic to Create a Ruched Effect

Use Couched Elastic to Create a Ruched Effect

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Learn how to insert elastic into a garment to create a gathered effect.

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Tip: Mark New Seams With a Scalloped Blade

Tip: Mark New Seams With a Scalloped Blade

Save time when altering a pattern by using a scalloped blade.

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Video: How to Sew a Figure-eight Stitch

Video: How to Sew a Figure-eight Stitch

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Watch this video demonstration of how to sew a figure-eight stitch using techniques by Claire Shaeffer.

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Video: Sew Perfect Collar Points

Video: Sew Perfect Collar Points

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There are all sorts of corners: 90-degree, 45-degree, and less—or more. Watch this video to achieve well-sewn outside corners, such as collar points.

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How to Trim a Neckline Like Yves Saint Laurent

How to Trim a Neckline Like Yves Saint Laurent

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In this excerpt from "Homage to Yves Saint Laurent," Designer Techniques Vol. 1, Claire Shaeffer shows you how to trim a neckline using a technique from the world-renowned designer.

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How to Create Echo Stitching

How to Create Echo Stitching

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Lately, I have been finding echo stitching on numerous designer garments. I've seen it on collars, cuffs, and on front plackets. Learn how to add this stitching for a designer look.

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How to Support a Dramatic Sleeve Cap

How to Support a Dramatic Sleeve Cap

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When it comes to adding support to sleeve caps, you have a variety of options: standard, shaped, extended shoulder pads, and all manner of sleeve heads. In this case, we needed something different; we needed a little internal support.

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Make a Mary Poppins-Style Carpetbag: Part 2

Make a Mary Poppins-Style Carpetbag: Part 2

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We're now ready to finish this colorful carpetbag! I'll show you how to add the lining, frame, and handles.

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How to Make Fortuny-Style Beaded Edges

How to Make Fortuny-Style Beaded Edges

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Make a creative finished edge with this embellishment technique. It beautifully adorns your garment, and it will provide weight to the hem. This method pays homage to Mariano Fortuny's signature style.

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