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Arrow Olivia 1004 Pistachio Green Sewing Cabinet
Susan Khalje with Dominique Fallecker and Didier Ludot in the Palais Royale, just outside Didiers vintage clothing store. Susans annual Paris Tour takes participants on an insiders journey through the sewing side of the famous city.
Edith Head: The Fifty-Year Career of Hollywoods Greatest Costume Designer (Running Press, 2010)
Arrow Olivia 1004 Pistachio Green Sewing Cabinet

Arrow Olivia 1004 Pistachio Green Sewing Cabinet

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In Threads #164, the Threads staff shared our wishlist of sewing-related gift ideas in the annual Gift Guide.

We love to think and write about sewing every day, and as you might imagine, we had more present suggestions and dreamed-of items than we could list in just one article!

Here is a list of additional gifts we'd love to give or receive. We hope this list inspires you - or someone who needs to buy you a gift. You can always print out a copy to leave about as a hint!

Be sure to look for the gift guide in the current issue for even more great ideas!

Journeys and Workshops

A Paris tour with Susan Khalje (; $5900)
"Every year I ask for this, but until my kids are out of college, I don't think it will happen. Still, I can dream! Eight days of inspiration, including shopping for fabric and notions, workshops and lectures with couturiers and artisans, and visits to museums, all in the city that is considered the premier fashion destination in the world."
- Carol Fresia, special issues technical editor.

Paris tour with Susan Khalje

ASG Tour: Sew Much Fun Hong Kong (; price TBA)
"I think of Hong Kong as a fascinating, exotic destination that's usually considered in the traditional fashion triumvirate (Paris- London-New York). This American Sewing Guild tour, hosted by former Sew News editor Linda Griepentrog and writer Pauline Richards, offers to take me to some of the region's most celebrated sewing-related shopping and learning opportunities. Sign me up!" - Sarah McFarland, associate editor.

Burnley & Trowbridge's historical garment-making workshops (; prices vary)
"Any of Burnley & Trowbridge's historical garment making workshops are right up my alley. The specific topics vary every season, but past workshops have focused on stay making and fitting, gown draping, hand sewing, men's tailoring, millinery, and more. Most workshops range from a single day to two and a half days, and the cost is downright reasonable (although more intensive workshops typically involve additional days and higher cost)." - Stephani Miller, associate editor.

A trip to Premiere Vision, the fabric show (
"I want to go to the Paris show for international fabrics.Even though it's really for the trade, I have friends in high places. It would be so interesting to see how textiles are made and marketed, and how textile trends relate to technology." - Judith Neukam, senior technical editor.

Fitting workshop (; $795)
"I would like an intense course/seminar on fitting myself. I have some special fitting issues (like most folks) and am not sure how to proceed, especially with semi-fitted and fitted garments. I don't have a dress form, but I would like some guidance. The Conselle Institute of Image Management Fabulous Fit Retreat is six days and promises one-on-one guidance from master fitters." - Jeannine Clegg, Threads copy editor.

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Comments (3)

Vernelle Vernelle writes: It's always great to look at suggested gift lists. Edith Head remains one of my favorite designers. Her attention to detail and her innate sense of style were impeccable. I am definitely putting this book on my 'wish list'.
Posted: 9:38 am on April 2nd

SallyDiMarco SallyDiMarco writes: Hello,

Just a note to thank the staff at Threads for listing my text, “Draping Basics,” in the "Sewing Gift Suggestions" list of your venerable magazine. My best wishes to you as you continue to educate professional and laypersons, with a passion for sewing and the related arts, via the articles in the publication.

I appreciate your ongoing suppport.


Sally Di Marco

Posted: 11:33 am on November 3rd

wolfkit wolfkit writes: Now if I just had someone other than myself to give me gifts...
Posted: 2:49 am on November 2nd

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