Copyright (c) 2016 en-us Threads - SLMiller's posts Threads - SLMiller's posts Thu, 08 Dec 2016 15:37:40 -0500 Threads - SLMiller's posts Threads - SLMiller's posts <![CDATA[Sourcing Scuba Knit]]> Tue, 30 Aug 2016 16:00:00 -0500 Sourcing Scuba Knit Posted by SLMiller
Online fabric shops stock lots of scuba knit fabric. Here are some great options! ]]>
<![CDATA[Fall 2016's strong color palette]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 16:00:00 -0500 Fall 2016's strong color palette Posted by SLMiller
Autumnal colors skew towards the bold, vibrant, and playful, led by blue rather than the more typical staid brown-based earth tones. ]]>
<![CDATA[Fall and Winter 2016 Sewing Events and Conferences]]> Thu, 02 Jun 2016 07:20:00 -0500 Fall and Winter 2016 Sewing Events and Conferences Posted by SLMiller
A heads-up on the sewing retreats, tours, classes, and expos for this fall and winter. ]]>
<![CDATA[The Case of the "Sewing Solutions: Dye Disasters" Disaster]]> Mon, 09 May 2016 11:20:00 -0500 The Case of the Posted by SLMiller
What does Threads do when an article technique doesn't pan out? We figure out why, find a replacement, and soldier on. But even techniques that we couldn’t make work might still offer solutions to other sewers. ]]>
<![CDATA[Custom Dress Form Options]]> Sat, 30 Apr 2016 12:15:00 -0500 Custom Dress Form Options Posted by SLMiller
There are several options for custom-manufactured or customizable dress forms for home sewers, and each has different features, different benefits, and different price points. Here's a brief overview. ]]>
<![CDATA[Pantone Picks Two Colors of the Year for 2016]]> Wed, 06 Jan 2016 17:30:00 -0500 Pantone Picks Two Colors of the Year for 2016 Posted by SLMiller
Echoing the hues of sunrise, pale, clear pink Rose Quartz and soft, gentle blue Serenity create a calm, yet uplifting, color pairing for 2016. ]]>
<![CDATA[Get "Sewcial" at Janet Pray's The Sewcial]]> Fri, 11 Dec 2015 10:25:00 -0500 Get Posted by SLMiller
The Sewcial, April 8-10,2016, is an exclusively fashion-focused sewing retreat designed to improve garment sewing skills. ]]>
<![CDATA[Examine Museum Fashions Online, Courtesy of Lasell College]]> Mon, 19 Oct 2015 15:20:00 -0500 Examine Museum Fashions Online, Courtesy of Lasell College Posted by SLMiller
Lasell College's Fashion department, the National Endowment for the Arts, and professional designers team up to create an online multimedia library of techniques in American fashion design. ]]>
<![CDATA[Simplicity Offers Print on Demand for Out-of-Print Patterns]]> Thu, 03 Sep 2015 09:30:00 -0500 Simplicity Offers Print on Demand for Out-of-Print Patterns Posted by SLMiller
Simplicity's new Premium On Demand Patterns service enables you to select popular out-of-print patterns from the brand's archive for custom printing on white paper. ]]>
<![CDATA[Fall Fashion Forecast Extra: the Midi Skirt]]> Thu, 20 Aug 2015 08:25:00 -0500 Fall Fashion Forecast Extra: the Midi Skirt Posted by SLMiller
The midi skirt was a notable element on fall/winter 2015-16 fashion runways and is a key player in the Modern 1970s trend that dominates the season's styles. ]]>
<![CDATA[ASG Honors San Diego Member with Spirit Award]]> Fri, 14 Aug 2015 17:35:00 -0500 ASG Honors San Diego Member with Spirit Award Posted by SLMiller
San Diego ASG member Rhoda Keegan received the American Sewing Guild's 2015 Spirit Award for her work with Operation Kid Comfort. ]]>
<![CDATA[It's Sew Easy TV is Back]]> Thu, 11 Jun 2015 11:50:00 -0500 It's Sew Easy TV is Back Posted by SLMiller
In the new season (series 900), It's Sew Easy's sewing experts lead viewers in a historical fashion journey through the 1900s with projects that show how fashion, fit, necklines, hemlines and accessories changed through times of war and economic ups and downs. ]]>
<![CDATA[Spring and Summer Events and Exhibits]]> Thu, 04 Jun 2015 09:50:00 -0500 Spring and Summer Events and Exhibits Posted by SLMiller
Don't miss these upcoming sewing and fashion-related events and exhibitions. ]]>
<![CDATA[Documentary on the Tailor's Trade to be Screened in NYC ]]> Wed, 29 Apr 2015 15:10:00 -0500 Documentary on the Tailor's Trade to be Screened in NYC Posted by SLMiller
There will be a theatrical screening of the documentary "Men of the Cloth," which explores the vanishing craft of the tailor's trade, on May 20, 2015, in New York City. ]]>
<![CDATA[American Sewing Guild Heads to San Diego]]> Tue, 28 Apr 2015 14:55:00 -0500 American Sewing Guild Heads to San Diego Posted by SLMiller
The annual American Sewing Guild Conference this year takes place in San Diego, California, July 16-20, at the Town & Country Resort & Convention Center. ]]>
<![CDATA[University Curator Publishes Book on Paper Sewing Patterns]]> Tue, 14 Apr 2015 17:00:00 -0500 University Curator Publishes Book on Paper Sewing Patterns Posted by SLMiller
Joy Spanabel Emery's scholarly work "A History of the Paper Pattern Industry: The home dressmaking fashion revolution" delves into the complex history of the companies that built the home sewing pattern industry and the technological advances that made it all possible. ]]>
<![CDATA[Historical Fashion Gets Turned Inside Out at Kent State University Museum]]> Wed, 01 Apr 2015 11:00:00 -0500 Historical Fashion Gets Turned Inside Out at Kent State University Museum Posted by SLMiller
A new exhibition, "Inside Out," open now, reveals the hidden construction details of garments from the 18th to the 20th centuries. ]]>
<![CDATA[Get ready for Spring!]]> Fri, 20 Mar 2015 17:40:00 -0500 Get ready for Spring! Posted by SLMiller
It's still cold and snowy in many parts of North America, but at least we can look forward to fresh spring colors in our sewing. ]]>
<![CDATA[Eastern Influences at the Met ]]> Fri, 13 Mar 2015 10:00:00 -0500 Eastern Influences at the Met Posted by SLMiller
The Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute's spring 2015 exhibition focuses on the West’s fascination with the East. ]]>
<![CDATA[Susan Khalje Launches Online Video Classes]]> Wed, 28 Jan 2015 18:40:00 -0500 Susan Khalje Launches Online Video Classes Posted by SLMiller
Susan Khalje Couture Videos are designed for a range of skill levels and cover a variety of couture sewing techniques and garment types. ]]>
<![CDATA[Join the 2015 Half-Scale Challenge at ASE ]]> Wed, 21 Jan 2015 16:10:00 -0500 Join the 2015 Half-Scale Challenge at ASE Posted by SLMiller
The 2015 Half-Scale Design Challenge will culminate at the American Sewing Expo, September 25-27, 2015, where the winners will be announced. ]]>
<![CDATA[Designer Joi Hosts a Sewing Holiday]]> Wed, 10 Dec 2014 15:45:00 -0500 Designer Joi Hosts a Sewing Holiday Posted by SLMiller
Join Joi Mahon, a.k.a. Designer Joi, for a mini sewing conference and expo in Sioux City, Iowa. ]]>
<![CDATA[A Community Dedicated to Plus-Size Sewers]]> Thu, 20 Nov 2014 10:00:00 -0500 A Community Dedicated to Plus-Size Sewers Posted by SLMiller
The Curvy Sewing Collective is on a mission to raise the visibility of plus-size and curve-endowed sewers in the sewing community, while celebrating the confidence sewing can give curvy women. ]]>
<![CDATA[Join The Sewing Party]]> Wed, 05 Nov 2014 18:00:00 -0500 Join The Sewing Party Posted by SLMiller
SVP's The Sewing Party--the first online DIY educational event--on November 8 features more than 30 interactive video classes taught by some of the top bloggers and educators in the sewing and crafting world, including McCall's pattern designer Melissa Watson. ]]>
<![CDATA[2014 1/2 Scale Design Challenge Winners Announced at ASE]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 13:10:00 -0500 2014 1/2 Scale Design Challenge Winners Announced at ASE Posted by SLMiller
During the 2014 American Sewing Expo in Novi, Michigan, half-scale dress forms displaying fashion icon-inspired creations drew the crowd's attention. Threads covers the winners of the 2014 1/2 Scale Design Challenge. ]]>
<![CDATA[Young Sewers Win at ASE 2014]]> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 14:25:00 -0500 Young Sewers Win at ASE 2014 Posted by SLMiller
The Innovation Generation competition at the American Sewing Expo challenges sewers age 8 to 18 to hone their skills and express themselves creatively. ]]>
<![CDATA[Congratulations to the 2014 ASE Passion for Fashion Winners]]> Tue, 28 Oct 2014 16:00:00 -0500 Congratulations to the 2014 ASE Passion for Fashion Winners Posted by SLMiller
The American Sewing Expo took place September 25 – 28 in Novi, Michigan. Threads reports on the winners of the Passion for Fashion Competition. ]]>
<![CDATA[National Sewing Month is here again!]]> Thu, 04 Sep 2014 12:55:00 -0500 National Sewing Month is here again! Posted by SLMiller
September is National Sewing Month, and it's the perfect opportunity to share your love of sewing and its therapeutic benefits with others. ]]>
<![CDATA[Fall 2014 Color Trends Abandon Typical Palette]]> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 12:20:00 -0500 Fall 2014 Color Trends Abandon Typical Palette Posted by SLMiller
Each season, the Pantone Color Institute tracks global color trends and surveys fashion designers about their use of color. Read more to discover the Fall 2014 color palette. ]]>
<![CDATA[ASG Honors Louise Cutting]]> Wed, 13 Aug 2014 17:00:00 -0500 ASG Honors Louise Cutting Posted by SLMiller
Sewing instructor extraordinaire Louise Cutting was inducted into the American Sewing Guild's Sewing Hall of Fame during the ASG's 2014 Annual General Meeting last month. ]]>
<![CDATA[ Gets a Makeover]]> Thu, 07 Aug 2014 17:50:00 -0500 Gets a Makeover Posted by SLMiller
It's time to revisit this sewing notions company's website, because Dritz/Prym recently relaunched with a spiffy new design that's easier to navigate, browse, and search. ]]>
<![CDATA[Virtual Textile Project Preserves Fabric History]]> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 18:00:00 -0500 Virtual Textile Project Preserves Fabric History Posted by SLMiller
Digitizing textiles and cataloging them into a database makes the fabrics available to an audience that otherwise would not have access to them or even know they exist. ]]>
<![CDATA[Threads Visits NYC]]> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 18:30:00 -0500 Threads Visits NYC Posted by SLMiller
Threads' staff recently had two exciting excursions into NYC: one for fabric shopping at Mood, where we met Tim Gunn of Project Runway; and one to visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Charles James exhibit. ]]>
<![CDATA[Book Review: The Lost Art of Dress]]> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 18:05:00 -0500 Book Review: The Lost Art of Dress Posted by SLMiller
If you're interested in the history of fashion in America, or have just always wondered why Americans don't dress well anymore--and what that really means--you should really read this book. ]]>
<![CDATA[Downton Abbey Costumes at Winterthur and Biltmore]]> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 17:40:00 -0500 Downton Abbey Costumes at Winterthur and Biltmore Posted by SLMiller
Costumes from the award-winning TV series Downton Abbey will be on display at Winterthur Museum in Delaware until January 2015, and then at Biltmore in North Carolina starting February 2015. ]]>
<![CDATA[Fashion Exhibition at the Western Reserve Historical Society]]> Thu, 15 May 2014 12:00:00 -0500 Fashion Exhibition at the Western Reserve Historical Society Posted by SLMiller
Hurry to the fabulous fashion exhibition, "Dior & More," closing May 24. ]]>
<![CDATA[Half-scale Design Competition for ASE 2014]]> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 18:30:00 -0500 Half-scale Design Competition for ASE 2014 Posted by SLMiller
Enter "Fashion Icons through the Ages," Joi Mahon's 1/2-scale Design Challenge--there's still time! ]]>
<![CDATA[Unconventional Color Palette for Spring 2014]]> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 15:05:00 -0500 Unconventional Color Palette for Spring 2014 Posted by SLMiller
Spring's color palette revolves around a modern blend of pastels, soft neutrals, and bold hues. ]]>
<![CDATA[A Recap of SewExpo 2014]]> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 19:00:00 -0500 A Recap of SewExpo 2014 Posted by SLMiller
We attended the 2014 Sewing & Stitchery Expo in Puyallup, Washington, and share a brief recap of some of our experiences. ]]>
<![CDATA[SewGreen Helps Youth Build Skills and Success]]> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 18:40:00 -0500 SewGreen Helps Youth Build Skills and Success Posted by SLMiller
Get to know SewGreen, a not-for-profit, largely volunteer-based reuse and community education program in Ithaca, New York. ]]>
<![CDATA[The Fabric Store Opens Shop in L.A.]]> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 15:30:00 -0500 The Fabric Store Opens Shop in L.A. Posted by SLMiller
New Zealand-based fabric retailer The Fabric Store has recently opened a U.S. flagship store in Los Angeles, California. ]]>
<![CDATA[Listen to Thread Cult]]> Wed, 05 Feb 2014 11:30:00 -0500 Listen to Thread Cult Posted by SLMiller
Love sewing and textiles? Love listening to interesting people discuss sewing and textiles? Check out Thread Cult's podcasts! ]]>
<![CDATA[Pattern Correction for issue #171]]> Tue, 21 Jan 2014 13:00:00 -0500 Pattern Correction for issue #171 Posted by SLMiller
In Threads no. 171, the BurdaStyle pattern for the blue wool blazer shown on the cover and on page 20 was incorrectly identified. Here, we correct the mistake. ]]>
<![CDATA[Sewing Workshops and Retreats in 2014]]> Thu, 16 Jan 2014 17:30:00 -0500 Sewing Workshops and Retreats in 2014 Posted by SLMiller
Now's the time to start planning your sewing getaways and skill-building adventures for the coming year. ]]>
<![CDATA[New fashion industry-oriented online education]]> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 19:00:00 -0500 New fashion industry-oriented online education Posted by SLMiller
Two new players have entered the online video education world, and they're focused on teaching the skills needed to enter the fashion design and manufacturing industries. ]]>
<![CDATA[Sewing Resolutions]]> Mon, 06 Jan 2014 13:20:00 -0500 Sewing Resolutions Posted by SLMiller
Do you make resolutions, set goals, or create a plan for each year's sewing? ]]>
<![CDATA[Color of the Year 2014: Radiant Orchid]]> Thu, 19 Dec 2013 16:10:00 -0500 Color of the Year 2014: Radiant Orchid Posted by SLMiller
2013's Color of the Year Emerald makes way for 2014's Radiant Orchid, a confident blend of fuchsia and purple with rosy pink undertones. ]]>
<![CDATA[The Great British Sewing Bee Returns]]> Thu, 12 Dec 2013 17:15:00 -0500 The Great British Sewing Bee Returns Posted by SLMiller
The winner and finalists in the U.K.'s Great British Sewing Bee return for a Christmas special to teach viewers how to sew special holiday projects. ]]>
<![CDATA[It's Sew Easy Series 600 Airs Dec. 26]]> Wed, 04 Dec 2013 18:00:00 -0500 It's Sew Easy Series 600 Airs Dec. 26 Posted by SLMiller
The Public Television sewing show, It's Sew Easy, will begin airing its sixth season starting December 26, featuring several Threads authors. ]]>
<![CDATA[Weaving a Path to Self-Sufficiency]]> Fri, 22 Nov 2013 13:40:00 -0500 Weaving a Path to Self-Sufficiency Posted by SLMiller
Weaving Destination, a weaving collective in Northeast India, produces unique hand-woven textiles that are now available for purchase through an online shop at because of a chance meeting of two like-minded individuals. ]]>
<![CDATA[Get Your Rock Star On for the IPCA's 2014 Sewing Contest]]> Thu, 14 Nov 2013 16:00:00 -0500 Get Your Rock Star On for the IPCA's 2014 Sewing Contest Posted by SLMiller
The Independent Pattern Company Alliance’s 2014 sewing and design challenge, themed "Party Like a Rock Star", is accepting entries starting now through May 1, 2014. ]]>
<![CDATA[Play with Fashion Design ]]> Thu, 17 Oct 2013 15:00:00 -0500 Play with Fashion Design Posted by SLMiller
If there's a child in your life who is fascinated by fashion, a gift of a fashion design kit might be the catalyst for a lifetime of sewing and design. Or, just play with it yourself--seriously, this looks like so much fun! ]]>
<![CDATA[ASDP Honors Kenneth D. King]]> Thu, 10 Oct 2013 17:10:15 -0500 ASDP Honors Kenneth D. King Posted by SLMiller
Couturier, fashion educator, and Threads contributing editor Kenneth D. King will receive the ASDP's 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award during their annual Annual Education Conference, in Nashville. ]]>
<![CDATA[A Passion for Fashion]]> Fri, 04 Oct 2013 15:15:00 -0500 A Passion for Fashion Posted by SLMiller
Last week at the American Sewing Expo in Novi, the 2013 Passion for Fashion contest took place over two days, culminating in a runway show. ]]>
<![CDATA[Top 10 Fall Fashion Colors]]> Wed, 18 Sep 2013 17:35:00 -0500 Top 10 Fall Fashion Colors Posted by SLMiller
Designers drew on a unisex color palette for fall 2013 fashions. Pantone shares the top 10 fall colors for women and men. ]]>
<![CDATA[Charles James at the Met's Costume Institute]]> Fri, 13 Sep 2013 13:00:00 -0500 Charles James at the Met's Costume Institute Posted by SLMiller
The 2014 focus of the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York will be famed designer Charles James. ]]>
<![CDATA[Celebrate National Sewing Month]]> Thu, 05 Sep 2013 15:30:00 -0500 Celebrate National Sewing Month Posted by SLMiller
September is National Sewing Month, and it's the perfect time to introduce a non-sewer to the joys of sewing. Don't forget to compete in the contest! ]]>
<![CDATA[ASDP Master Alterations Specialist Certification]]> Thu, 08 Aug 2013 17:30:00 -0500 ASDP Master Alterations Specialist Certification Posted by SLMiller
The Association of Sewing and Design Professionals will launch a voluntary certification program in October aimed at alterations professionals. ]]>
<![CDATA[Palmer/Pletsch Launches Satellite Locations]]> Wed, 31 Jul 2013 16:05:00 -0500 Palmer/Pletsch Launches Satellite Locations Posted by SLMiller
Three Palmer/Pletsch satellite locations--Seattle, Kalamazoo, and Philadelphia--have been established to expand the school's reach. ]]>
<![CDATA[How to Create Custom Fabric Prints]]> Mon, 29 Jul 2013 10:05:00 -0500 How to Create Custom Fabric Prints Posted by SLMiller
It's easier than you think to transform a digital image into yardage. ]]>
<![CDATA[An App to Track Your Sewing Projects ]]> Wed, 24 Jul 2013 15:00:00 -0500 An App to Track Your Sewing Projects Posted by SLMiller
Curate your fabric stash, patterns, and projects on-the-go with Sewing Kit HD for iPhone/iPad. ]]>
<![CDATA[Watch How to Make a Lace Top on Its Sew Easy]]> Thu, 18 Jul 2013 13:30:00 -0500 Watch How to Make a Lace Top on Its Sew Easy Posted by SLMiller
Another segment from Series 300 of sewing show It’s Sew Easy, Threads former editor Deana Tierney May shows how to create a simple, but beautiful, lace top. ]]>
<![CDATA[Watch Bra Making Basics on Its Sew Easy]]> Tue, 02 Jul 2013 15:55:00 -0500 Watch Bra Making Basics on Its Sew Easy Posted by SLMiller
From Series 300 of sewing show It's Sew Easy, Threads associate editor Stephani Miller shows you the basics of how to make your own bras. ]]>
<![CDATA[Bernina Announces Fabric Design Contest Winners]]> Fri, 14 Jun 2013 17:00:00 -0500 Bernina Announces Fabric Design Contest Winners Posted by SLMiller
Bernina of America held a Pinterest-based fabric design contest for aspiring fabric designers, and the winners have been selected. ]]>
<![CDATA[American Sewing Expo's 2013 Contests Open for Entry]]> Thu, 06 Jun 2013 16:30:00 -0500 American Sewing Expo's 2013 Contests Open for Entry Posted by SLMiller
If you're attending the American Sewing Expo in September, why not enter one of the show's contests? ]]>
<![CDATA[Sewing Rooms in Shelters Offer Hope]]> Wed, 15 May 2013 16:35:00 -0500 Sewing Rooms in Shelters Offer Hope Posted by SLMiller
Many sewers know and understand the therapeutic benefits of sewing. With the help of Enchanted Makeovers, women and children living in shelters can experience these benefits, as well. ]]>
<![CDATA[Finding Fabric Shops in Paris]]> Thu, 25 Apr 2013 12:38:25 -0500 Finding Fabric Shops in Paris Posted by SLMiller
Some of the shops mentioned in Susan Khalje’s “Sewing Destination: Paris, France” article in Threads #167 are difficult to find. Here are some site markers and directions to help you find your way, as well as some budget-friendly fabric shops to visit. ]]>
<![CDATA[Three Creative Edge Finishes]]> Thu, 25 Apr 2013 12:38:23 -0500 Three Creative Edge Finishes Posted by SLMiller
Learn how to create three different neckline finishes for a unique look. ]]>
<![CDATA[A Certification Program for Custom Clothiers]]> Fri, 05 Apr 2013 16:00:00 -0500 A Certification Program for Custom Clothiers Posted by SLMiller
The ASDP's Master Sewing and Design Professional certification program creates a benchmark of professional skills and expertise for custom clothiers. Soon, a certification will be launched for alterations professionals, as well. ]]>
<![CDATA[IPCA Ticket to Paradise Contest Winners Chosen]]> Fri, 29 Mar 2013 18:00:00 -0500 IPCA Ticket to Paradise Contest Winners Chosen Posted by SLMiller
Check out the creative winning garments made for the Independent Pattern Company Alliance’s 2013 Ticket to Paradise sewing contest! ]]>
<![CDATA[Interactive Media Meets Embroidery]]> Wed, 20 Mar 2013 17:35:00 -0500 Interactive Media Meets Embroidery Posted by SLMiller
Mary Collen, a contestant in the IPCA 2013 Ticket to Paradise Contest, used a QR code in an innovative way to add an interactive element to her contest garment. ]]>
<![CDATA[Designers Create Garments for Amy Butler Trunk Show]]> Fri, 15 Mar 2013 16:30:00 -0500 Designers Create Garments for Amy Butler Trunk Show Posted by SLMiller
Sewing stars, including a few Threads contributors, were tapped to create a garment collection for a traveling trunk show using any of the fashion fabrics Amy Butler's new Alchemy Studio Collection. ]]>
<![CDATA[Congratulations on 50 Years, Haute Couture Club of Chicago!]]> Thu, 07 Mar 2013 14:30:00 -0500 Congratulations on 50 Years, Haute Couture Club of Chicago! Posted by SLMiller
Since its founding in 1964, the Haute Couture Club of Chicago has continued to bring together sewers to foster their love of fine garment sewing. ]]>
<![CDATA[What to do with a Sari]]> Wed, 20 Feb 2013 15:40:00 -0500 What to do with a Sari Posted by SLMiller
Have you ever sewn a garment from an Indian sari? These ornate and beautiful garments can be purchased inexpensively, and they can be used to make gorgeous gifts or clothing. ]]>
<![CDATA[Costume Institute's Spring 2013 Exhibition Explores Punk Fashion]]> Thu, 14 Feb 2013 18:10:00 -0500 Costume Institute's Spring 2013 Exhibition Explores Punk Fashion Posted by SLMiller
The Metropolitan Museum Costume Institute's spring 2013 exhibition will focus on punk fashion. ]]>
<![CDATA[Sewing Getaways in 2013]]> Thu, 07 Feb 2013 17:55:01 -0500 Sewing Getaways in 2013 Posted by SLMiller
Sometimes you just want ignore every-day demands and immerse yourself in your favorite craft. These sewing weekends, retreats, and tours will help you get away from it all--except your sewing! ]]>
<![CDATA[Who's Going to the Sewing & Stitchery Expo?]]> Wed, 30 Jan 2013 18:00:00 -0500 Who's Going to the Sewing & Stitchery Expo? Posted by SLMiller
The 2013 Sewing & Stitchery Expo is just one month away: Feb. 28-March 3. Threads will be there--will you? ]]>
<![CDATA[Add Zipper-Pull Tassels to a Portfolio Clutch Bag]]> Thu, 24 Jan 2013 16:11:26 -0500 Add Zipper-Pull Tassels to a Portfolio Clutch Bag Posted by SLMiller
Decorate zipper pulls with chain, suede, or leather tassels. ]]>
<![CDATA[Antique Needle Arts Patterns]]> Wed, 23 Jan 2013 18:25:00 -0500 Antique Needle Arts Patterns Posted by SLMiller
The Antique Pattern Library is an online archive of needlework, sewing, and other craft books from the past 200 years. ]]>
<![CDATA[Designers Announced for Project Runway Season 11]]> Fri, 18 Jan 2013 10:40:00 -0500 Designers Announced for Project Runway Season 11 Posted by SLMiller
How will contestants pull through the first all team-challenge season? Find out January 24! ]]>
<![CDATA[Rich, Regenerating Emerald Green]]> Wed, 02 Jan 2013 17:30:00 -0500 Rich, Regenerating Emerald Green Posted by SLMiller
Emerald green, the 2013 Color of the Year, is popping up in everything from fashion runways to fabric stores. ]]>
<![CDATA[Print Patterns at Home]]> Thu, 20 Dec 2012 11:00:00 -0500 Print Patterns at Home Posted by SLMiller
Electronically downloadable patterns: yay or nay? ]]>
<![CDATA[10 Better Sewing Habits]]> Tue, 18 Dec 2012 11:06:01 -0500 10 Better Sewing Habits Posted by SLMiller
Rid yourself of bad sewing habits, and try these best practices for improved results. ]]>
<![CDATA[Pinterest for Sewing Projects]]> Wed, 12 Dec 2012 17:15:00 -0500 Pinterest for Sewing Projects Posted by SLMiller
Have you jumped on the Pinterest bandwagon? ]]>
<![CDATA[Identifying Vintage Sewing Machines]]> Wed, 05 Dec 2012 17:00:00 -0500 Identifying Vintage Sewing Machines Posted by SLMiller
If you've inherited an antique sewing machine, how can you identify the model and the mystery parts left in its drawers? ]]>
<![CDATA[Got a Mystery Fabric?]]> Thu, 29 Nov 2012 10:25:00 -0500 Got a Mystery Fabric? Posted by SLMiller
If you're having trouble identifying a fabric , turn to the Vintage Fashion Guild's Fabric Resource for help. ]]>
<![CDATA[Gift sewing for the holidays]]> Wed, 14 Nov 2012 16:00:00 -0500 Gift sewing for the holidays Posted by SLMiller
What are you sewing this holiday season? ]]>
<![CDATA[Explore the Textile Center of Minnesota]]> Thu, 08 Nov 2012 14:05:00 -0500 Explore the Textile Center of Minnesota Posted by SLMiller
Minneapolis' Textile Center offers tremendous educational resources for sewers, fiber artists, quilters, knitters, dyers, and other textile and needle-work aficionados. ]]>
<![CDATA[Antique Fabric Swatches Online]]> Thu, 01 Nov 2012 15:00:00 -0500 Antique Fabric Swatches Online Posted by SLMiller
The Powerhouse Museum in Sydney, Australia has recently launched an online database containing images of fashionable fabric designs from swatchbooks in its archives. ]]>
<![CDATA[Sew Your Own Paradise]]> Wed, 24 Oct 2012 18:35:16 -0500 Sew Your Own Paradise Posted by SLMiller
The Independent Pattern Company Alliance's 2013 fashion sewing competition “Ticket to Paradise” is accepting entries from now through January 25, 2013. ]]>
<![CDATA[Sewer vs. Sewist]]> Thu, 11 Oct 2012 13:17:53 -0500 Sewer vs. Sewist Posted by SLMiller
Which word best describes you as a person who sews? ]]>
<![CDATA[Janet Pray Honored for Lifetime Achievement]]> Thu, 04 Oct 2012 12:49:31 -0500 Janet Pray Honored for Lifetime Achievement Posted by SLMiller
The Association of Sewing & Design Professionals bestowed its Lifetime Achievement Award on Janet Pray during the ASDP conference in Novi. ]]>
<![CDATA[The Colors of Spring 2013]]> Wed, 26 Sep 2012 17:00:00 -0500 The Colors of Spring 2013 Posted by SLMiller
Fashion designers used a balanced color palette in their spring 2013 collections. ]]>
<![CDATA["Sewing With Nancy" Celebrates 30 Years]]> Thu, 13 Sep 2012 14:00:00 -0500 Posted by SLMiller
Nancy Zieman has taught millions of people to sew from the comfort of their own homes for three decades. This September marks the 30th anniversary of her show, "Sewing With Nancy. ]]>
<![CDATA[Another sewing machine design concept]]> Thu, 06 Sep 2012 13:00:00 -0500 Another sewing machine design concept Posted by SLMiller
The prototype for a sewing machine concept called Alto is beautiful and incorporates several operational innovations to make learning to sew easier for beginners. ]]>
<![CDATA[Independent Pattern Companies ]]> Wed, 05 Sep 2012 13:22:24 -0500 Independent Pattern Companies Posted by SLMiller
In a recent issue, we interviewed independent pattern designers about what it takes to launch a pattern line. Here is a list of independent pattern companies. ]]>
<![CDATA[Make It With Wool and Win]]> Wed, 29 Aug 2012 14:00:00 -0500 Make It With Wool and Win Posted by SLMiller
Are you a wiz at sewing wool? The Make It With Wool competition celebrates sewers like you. ]]>
<![CDATA[ASG Honors Claire Shaeffer]]> Wed, 22 Aug 2012 15:05:00 -0500 ASG Honors Claire Shaeffer Posted by SLMiller
At the American Sewing Guild's annual conference in Houston last week, Claire Shaeffer received its Hall of Fame award. ]]>
<![CDATA[Move a Zipper's Location]]> Wed, 22 Aug 2012 12:19:12 -0500 Move a Zipper's Location Posted by SLMiller
Find out how to shift garment openings and create new ones for exposed zippers in this SewStylish web extra. ]]>
<![CDATA[How to Sew a Bra]]> Wed, 15 Aug 2012 15:19:32 -0500 How to Sew a Bra Posted by SLMiller
It's easier than you think to sew bras that fit. ]]>
<![CDATA[A New Sewing Machine Concept]]> Wed, 01 Aug 2012 17:00:00 -0500 A New Sewing Machine Concept Posted by SLMiller
Meet Sue: an industrial designer's freshly engineered re-imagining of the home sewing machine. ]]>
<![CDATA[Study Apparel Business at Portland Sewing]]> Wed, 25 Jul 2012 16:05:00 -0500 Study Apparel Business at Portland Sewing Posted by SLMiller
Portland Sewing offers apparel design and business certificate programs. ]]>
<![CDATA[FIT Museum Relaunches its Online Collections]]> Thu, 19 Jul 2012 09:00:00 -0500 FIT Museum Relaunches its Online Collections Posted by SLMiller
The newly refurbished e-museum features nearly twice its previous number of fashion objects. ]]>
<![CDATA[Scholastic Awards Include Fashion Design]]> Wed, 11 Jul 2012 13:30:00 -0500 Scholastic Awards Include Fashion Design Posted by SLMiller
Is there a junior high or high school teen in your life who loves to design and make fashionable items? Then encourage her (or him) to consider entering an original design, garment, or accessory in The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards this fall. ]]>
<![CDATA[American Sewing Expo 2012 Contests Announced]]> Wed, 20 Jun 2012 16:20:00 -0500 American Sewing Expo 2012 Contests Announced Posted by SLMiller
The Association of Sewing and Design Professionals will present three sewing and fashion challenges at its 2012 conference and expo in September in Novi, Michigan. ]]>
<![CDATA[Join a Sewing Community--Online! ]]> Wed, 13 Jun 2012 16:00:00 -0500 Join a Sewing Community--Online! Posted by SLMiller
Online sewing communities are growing, so you have more options for socializing and sharing information with other like-minded sewers. ]]>
<![CDATA[A Sewing Exhibition on the Fly]]> Wed, 06 Jun 2012 15:00:00 -0500 A Sewing Exhibition on the Fly Posted by SLMiller
San Francisco International Airport's SFO Museum is hosting a unique exhibition, "Threading the Needle: Sewing in the Machine Age" on the history of sewing tools, now through August 2012. ]]>
<![CDATA[Unlocking the Mysteries of Historical Costume]]> Wed, 23 May 2012 15:15:00 -0500 Unlocking the Mysteries of Historical Costume Posted by SLMiller
Your Wardrobe Unlock'd is a treasure trove for anyone interested in making historically accurate garments. ]]>
<![CDATA[A Celebration of Textiles]]> Wed, 16 May 2012 14:15:00 -0500 A Celebration of Textiles Posted by SLMiller
This free festival at The Textile Museum in Washington, D.C is chock-full of demonstrations exploring various textile arts and cultures from around the world. ]]>
<![CDATA[Explore the Golden Age of Couture Online]]> Wed, 02 May 2012 14:35:00 -0500 Explore the Golden Age of Couture Online Posted by SLMiller
You can now take a virtual tour of the garments included in this exhibit online. ]]>
<![CDATA[Bernina Challenges Sewers to Upcycle]]> Wed, 25 Apr 2012 15:00:00 -0500 Bernina Challenges Sewers to Upcycle Posted by SLMiller
Enter your home decorating projects sewn from upcycled materials in Bernina's second WeAllSew Challenge. ]]>
<![CDATA[Midnight Magic Contest Finalists Announced]]> Wed, 11 Apr 2012 14:35:00 -0500 Midnight Magic Contest Finalists Announced Posted by SLMiller
The Independent Pattern Company Alliance's Midnight Magic sewing contest is in full swing, and semi-finalists have been selected. Winners will be announced soon! ]]>
<![CDATA[Explore the Fashions of Titanic's Passengers]]> Wed, 28 Mar 2012 12:00:00 -0500 Explore the Fashions of Titanic's Passengers Posted by SLMiller
Remember the Titanic and learn about the sartorial identities of its social strata at The Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising Museum & Galleries on April 14. ]]>
<![CDATA[Watch It's Sew Easy Online]]> Wed, 21 Mar 2012 13:00:00 -0500 Watch It's Sew Easy Online Posted by SLMiller
The sewing show It's Sew Easy will begin airing episodes on starting March 30. Each episode will only be available for one week. ]]>
<![CDATA[Drawing Designs on Fabric]]> Thu, 23 Feb 2012 09:00:00 -0500 Drawing Designs on Fabric Posted by SLMiller
Learn how to add details to painted, stenciled, or stamped images on fabric by drawing designs in pen. Fabric pens also create great effects on their own! ]]>
<![CDATA[Get Sewing Deals at Stitch Social]]> Wed, 22 Feb 2012 15:25:00 -0500 Get Sewing Deals at Stitch Social Posted by SLMiller
You can get discounts on patterns, fabrics, trims, instructional books and DVDs/CDs, notions, and project kits at while the deals and supplies last. ]]>
<![CDATA[Discover Fashion's Impact]]> Wed, 08 Feb 2012 17:10:00 -0500 Discover Fashion's Impact Posted by SLMiller
"Impact: Fifty Years of the CFDA" opens February 10 at the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology. The exhibition celebrates the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) and those of its members who have had the greatest impact on fashion through the past 50 years. ]]>
<![CDATA[The Sewing & Stitchery Expo is Just One Month Away]]> Wed, 01 Feb 2012 16:35:00 -0500 The Sewing & Stitchery Expo is Just One Month Away Posted by SLMiller
Threads will be at the Sewing & Stitchery Expo in Puyallup, Washington, March 1-4 — will you? ]]>
<![CDATA[Clothing History from Afar]]> Wed, 25 Jan 2012 16:00:00 -0500 Clothing History from Afar Posted by SLMiller
No matter where in the country—or world—you are, you can view items from The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s costume and garment collection in detail. ]]>
<![CDATA[New Life for Used Sewing Machines]]> Wed, 18 Jan 2012 13:00:00 -0500 New Life for Used Sewing Machines Posted by SLMiller
Old sewing machines and sergers don’t have to end up in a landfill. If they still work, consider donating them to people in need. ]]>
<![CDATA[2012 Sewing and Fashion Events and Workshops]]> Wed, 04 Jan 2012 14:00:00 -0500 2012 Sewing and Fashion Events and Workshops Posted by SLMiller
If you love learning new sewing techniques, meeting like-minded sewers, or the history of fashion, put these events, workshops, and exhibitions on your 2012 calendar. ]]>
<![CDATA[Sew Vintage with The 1912 Project]]> Wed, 28 Dec 2011 08:30:00 -0500 Sew Vintage with The 1912 Project Posted by SLMiller
Help the Vintage Pattern Lending Library test La Mode Illustrée patterns from 1912 for the upcoming 100-year anniversary of the sinking of Titanic. ]]>
<![CDATA[Color Correction]]> Wed, 21 Dec 2011 15:00:00 -0500 Color Correction Posted by SLMiller
Fashion designer Angela Wolf offers tips for transforming your garments and fabrics with dyes. ]]>
<![CDATA[Great Gift Ideas for Sewers]]> Wed, 14 Dec 2011 14:00:00 -0500 Great Gift Ideas for Sewers Posted by SLMiller
The holidays are upon us! If you are looking for a gift for the sewer in your life (even if it’s yourself), one of these items might fit the bill! ]]>
<![CDATA[Palmer/Pletsch is Holding a Contest]]> Wed, 07 Dec 2011 12:00:00 -0500 Palmer/Pletsch is Holding a Contest Posted by SLMiller
Sew a Palmer/Pletsch pattern and enter the contest by January 31 and you could win a free four-day or five-day Palmer/Pletsch workshop! ]]>
<![CDATA[Calling fiber arts students!]]> Wed, 30 Nov 2011 13:20:00 -0500 Calling fiber arts students! Posted by SLMiller
The non-profit Textile Study Group of New York is holding a competition for students of the fiber arts. The Nancy and Harry Koenigsberg Student Award program is now accepting student portfolios for a chance to win a cash prize! ]]>
<![CDATA[Chanel in Charlotte]]> Fri, 25 Nov 2011 11:00:00 -0500 Chanel in Charlotte Posted by SLMiller
The Mint Museum in Charlotte, North Carolina, is displaying Chanel garments from its collection in the exhibition “Chanel: Designs for the Modern Woman” through December 31, 2011. ]]>
<![CDATA[ Turns Ten!]]> Wed, 16 Nov 2011 11:05:00 -0500 Turns Ten! Posted by SLMiller members around the world will gather both online and face-to-face on November 19 for PR Day. ]]>
<![CDATA[New Fashion Design Degree Program Launches]]> Wed, 09 Nov 2011 13:45:00 -0500 New Fashion Design Degree Program Launches Posted by SLMiller
Stevenson University's 4-year bachelor's degree program in fashion design aims to give its graduates the competitive edge of a well-rounded fashion and business education. ]]>
<![CDATA[Smitten with Mittens]]> Wed, 02 Nov 2011 15:00:00 -0500 Smitten with Mittens Posted by SLMiller
Calling all knitters, sewers, and crocheters! OttLite and Simplicity need your yarn-working skills to help provide warm winter mittens to people in need through the Mitten Commitment. ]]>
<![CDATA[Something Wicked This Way Comes ...]]> Wed, 26 Oct 2011 14:00:00 -0500 Something Wicked This Way Comes ... Posted by SLMiller
Wickedly creative, that is! Halloween is less than 1 week away, but there’s still plenty of time to enter our Halloween Costume Contest. ]]>
<![CDATA[Bad Sewing Habits]]> Wed, 19 Oct 2011 12:40:00 -0500 Bad Sewing Habits Posted by SLMiller
Even the smallest bad sewing habits can make it harder to get great results. Is time management the real culprit? ]]>
<![CDATA[A Fashionable App]]> Wed, 12 Oct 2011 15:00:00 -0500 A Fashionable App Posted by SLMiller
The Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising’s new app for iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad will keep you up to date on fashion news, FIDM events, and trends. ]]>
<![CDATA[Time to Sew for Halloween!]]> Wed, 05 Oct 2011 13:00:00 -0500 Time to Sew for Halloween! Posted by SLMiller
Maybe you missed the end of September, but it’s October now. And that means only one thing: Halloween! ]]>
<![CDATA[Pack Your Sewing Projects and Go]]> Fri, 30 Sep 2011 18:00:00 -0500 SLMiller
Sometimes you just want to get away from it all—and take your sewing with you. These upcoming sewing retreats offer a variety of opportunities to do just that! ]]>
<![CDATA[Make Magic with Your Sewing Machine]]> Wed, 21 Sep 2011 12:00:00 -0500 Make Magic with Your Sewing Machine Posted by SLMiller
The Independent Pattern Company Alliance is sponsoring a fashion sewing competition themed “Midnight Magic.” ]]>
<![CDATA[Coupons On The Go]]> Wed, 07 Sep 2011 13:30:00 -0500 Coupons On The Go Posted by SLMiller
Jo-Ann’s store app—which now works for Android phones, as well as iPhone—lets you save and organize coupons. ]]>
<![CDATA[Getting Together to Sew and Eat?]]> Wed, 31 Aug 2011 12:00:00 -0500 Getting Together to Sew and Eat? Posted by SLMiller
A new collection of recipes from ASG chapter members might be just the thing to help keep guests energized at your next sewing gathering. ]]>
<![CDATA[ASG Names its 2011 Sewing Hall of Fame Honoree]]> Wed, 24 Aug 2011 12:00:00 -0500 ASG Names its 2011 Sewing Hall of Fame Honoree Posted by SLMiller
Judy Barlup, sewing instructor and expert of Japanese tailoring techniques, was recognized during the American Sewing Guild National Conference on August 21, as its 2011 Sewing Hall of Fame honoree. ]]>
<![CDATA[Whip Up a Super-Simple Tucked Skirt]]> Tue, 16 Aug 2011 14:30:00 -0500 Whip Up a Super-Simple Tucked Skirt Posted by SLMiller
Here’s how to make an easy skirt from serger-tucked fabric ]]>
<![CDATA[The American Sewing Expo Offers a Myriad of Learning Opportunities]]> Wed, 10 Aug 2011 13:00:00 -0500 The American Sewing Expo Offers a Myriad of Learning Opportunities Posted by SLMiller
Satisfy all your sewing and crafting cravings at the American Sewing Expo, September 23-25! ]]>
<![CDATA[Turning Pillowcases Into Dresses]]> Wed, 27 Jul 2011 06:05:00 -0500 Turning Pillowcases Into Dresses Posted by SLMiller
Volunteers around the United States and internationally are sewing pillowcases into dresses for Dress A Girl Around the World, a campaign of the charitable organization Hope 4 Women International. ]]>
<![CDATA[Quick Cuts for Applique and Quilting]]> Wed, 20 Jul 2011 14:00:00 -0500 Quick Cuts for Applique and Quilting Posted by SLMiller
The AccuQuilt GO! Fabric Cutter looks like a handy way to cut multiples of fabric shapes fast. ]]>
<![CDATA[London Exhibition on the Fashion of Fanny Brawne]]> Wed, 13 Jul 2011 12:00:00 -0500 London Exhibition on the Fashion of Fanny Brawne Posted by SLMiller
The Hampstead, London, home of 19th century English poet John Keats and his fianceé, Fanny Brawne, is exhibiting artworks based on Brawne’s love of fashion, as well as her life and romance with Keats. ]]>
<![CDATA[Fun Summer Totes]]> Wed, 06 Jul 2011 12:50:00 -0500 Fun Summer Totes Posted by SLMiller
Summer is the perfect time of year for quick, fun projects, but I prefer that even my fun projects be useful. And what’s more useful than a tote bag? I’ve never sewn a tote bag for myself, but I might be tempted by some of these great new patterns. ]]>
<![CDATA[Sewing UFOs ]]> Wed, 29 Jun 2011 10:00:00 -0500 Sewing UFOs Posted by SLMiller
UFOs—UnFinished Objects—they exist for most sewers. Some of them were just too challenging, or were set aside in favor of more pressing matters. Maybe it is time to reevaluate your unfinished sewing projects. ]]>
<![CDATA[Custom Pants Pattern Workshops at Your Request]]> Wed, 22 Jun 2011 12:00:00 -0500 Custom Pants Pattern Workshops at Your Request Posted by SLMiller
Tailoring expert Joyce Murphy creates custom pants patterns for small groups of sewers around the country, traveling where she’s needed on request. ]]>
<![CDATA[Sewing for Fashion--and Awards]]> Wed, 15 Jun 2011 09:00:00 -0500 Sewing for Fashion--and Awards Posted by SLMiller
The American Sewing Guild Conference is just a few short months away (Aug. 18-21, 2011) in Los Angeles, but there’s still time to enter the ASG’s annual Fashion Show. Submit your application by July 30! ]]>
<![CDATA[Elna Sewing Machine Recalled]]> Mon, 06 Jun 2011 10:00:00 -0500 Elna Sewing Machine Recalled Posted by SLMiller
Janome and the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission have issued a recall for the Elna eXcellence 740 sewing machine due to a fire hazard. ]]>
<![CDATA[Color Coordination]]> Wed, 01 Jun 2011 12:00:00 -0500 Color Coordination Posted by SLMiller
The process of color forecasting seems a little mysterious, but the resulting color forecasts are never dull. How do you interpret or incorporate seasonal color trends in your own sewing? ]]>
<![CDATA[Favorite Sewing Blogs and Websites]]> Wed, 25 May 2011 08:00:00 -0500 Favorite Sewing Blogs and Websites Posted by SLMiller
If I can learn something from another sewer's experiences (be they mishaps or triumphs or simple tutorials), it's a good day. That's why I peruse so many online sewing blogs, from personal sewers' blogs to those of bigger organizations. ]]>
<![CDATA[American Sewing Guild Members Converge on L.A. in August]]> Wed, 18 May 2011 12:00:00 -0500 American Sewing Guild Members Converge on L.A. in August Posted by SLMiller
Don't miss the ASG's annual conference in August as it takes to the fashion capital of the West Coast: Los Angeles! ]]>
<![CDATA[Makers of All Stripes Come Together ]]> Wed, 11 May 2011 15:05:00 -0500 Makers of All Stripes Come Together Posted by SLMiller
Billed as “part playground, part science fair, part welding shop, and part county fair,” Maker Faire brings together DIY crafters and “makers” of every kind as exhibitors showing their innovative work. ]]>
<![CDATA[Playing Dress Up at The 2011 Costume Institute Gala]]> Wed, 04 May 2011 10:00:00 -0500 Playing Dress Up at The 2011 Costume Institute Gala Posted by SLMiller
This year’s event was held to celebrate the opening of the Met’s new exhibition, “Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty,” and a few of the stars seem to have taken inspiration from the designer's aesthetic. ]]>