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KennethDKingNew York, NY, US
Member Since: 05/01/2009
I have always had a fondness for Tyrolean clothes, especially loden coats. Here's one I saw recently in a thrift shop.
My Fortuny frock coat now has a little brother. Read along to find out how I constructed a modified frock coat using a vintage velvet bedspread.
A proven formula for stylish combinations.
This vintage jacket has some interesting detail. The feature I like most is known as the "action back." Follow along to learn how to draft this detail.
I was called upon to create some jewelry bags from Fortuny fabric, and here are the results. The patternwork outlined will help you to design any size bag you need.
I recently came across a charming coat with a collar that looks complex but is easy to make. Follow along to learn how to create this vintage look based on a rolled collar.
This Yves Saint Laurent jacket is deceptively simple, but it was constructed with a sophisticated trick.
This third post in the Fortuny Gladstone Bag series explains how to insert the lining into the vintage accessory.
To complete the bag's main body, end gussets were added.
Finish the long edges and fringe the ends. Follow along to learn how easy it is to make this classic wool scarf.
This is the first in a three-part blog series documenting how I made a Gladstone bag out of Fortuny fabric, from a vintage model.
Direct the nap with darts for polished results.
Now that we have the pattern pieces for the loden coat sleeve, it's time to construct it.
This shoulder detail on the loden coat has always intrigued me, so I decided to figure out how to create it.
After installing the sleeves, lining, and closures, we have a spiffy coat. Read more to find out how I completed my tailored felted wool coat.
Kenneth D. King channels the 18th century and the 1960s in a Fortuny jeans jacket.
The 2015 Threads design challenge for its contributing editors, featured in "The Cotton Call," #179 (June/July 2015), was a lot of fun. In this tutorial, I'll take you through my process making an origami top using cotton twill tape.
Now that the body of the felted wool "bark" coat is together, the collar and facings need to be attached.
Mimi Prober, whom you remember from "Saving Lace," featured on the cover and inside Threads #166 (April/May 2013), is enjoying greater success. Read more for the inside scoop.
I’m working on the tailored felted wool coat, which features a unique design resembling tree bark, and wanted a new pocket style for it. Follow along as I demonstrate how to add a decorative welt pocket.
I was recently given a quantity of very high-grade wool felt. This is what I chose to make from it.
In Part 2 of how to make a surgeon's cuff, we learn how to line the sleeve.
As a bonus to the DVD workshop "Smart Tailoring with Kenneth D. King," I'm going to show you a variation of the tailored cuff. Follow these steps to learn how to sew a cuff with working buttonholes, also known as a "surgeon's cuff."
Classic tailoring shapes lasting layers. Kenneth D. King shares his method for creating a beautifully tailored collar in this masterclass.
I needed to figure out how to make this pocket for one of my clients, so I'm bringing you along on the journey.
I've figured out an easy way to pleat ribbons or strips of fabric. Read more to find out how to create the template I use to make pleated ribbon trim.
Add dimension to your next garment with this vintage technique.
We're now ready to finish this colorful carpetbag! I'll show you how to add the lining, frame, and handles.
This is a two-part blog series on how I created an old-fashioned carpetbag using the scraps from my kilim carpet coat. Even Mary Poppins would envy this bag!
We were introduced to the beautiful creations of Mimi Prober on the cover of Threads #166 (April/May 2013). Here's what she's up to now.
New seams and folds create the illusion of a lapel on this intriguing jacket front.
The strong shoulder is a silhouette that seems to be here to stay for a while. Kenneth D. King shows you step-by-step how easy it is to draft this stylish sleeve style.
I hit the jackpot recently at the local thrift, with this venerable morning coat. I needed to reline the sleeves and thought you might enjoy seeing it!
We're at the end of our journey with the kilim coat.
A master wig designer coifs characters a stitch at a time.
I'm very flattered to be featured in Madalynne.com's "Portrait of a Seamster (Couturier) blog series!
This is the second installment of the box-pleat trims. I call this a cross drape, because the fold forms a cross over the box pleated ribbon.
Recently, I was experimenting with box pleating ribbon to see what I could devise. This is the first of a two-post series on my results.
We press ahead with the carpet coat, which is starting to look like a garment!
I recently delivered the Fortuny jacket to its proud owner. Here are some detail shots.
Progress is being made on this unusual coat. I'm learning (and swearing a little) as I go! See how I build the collar and install the sleeves.
Learn more about Kenneth's collections, notions, and sewing machines.
This begins a short series on a car coat I made from a pair of beautiful Kilim carpets!
Tour the sanctuary of elegant embroidery.
Recently, I bought this modernist bag at a local vintage store. Deceptively simple in looks, it yielded some surprises!
Sculpt a vintage-inspired embellishment.
Add this figure-flattering detail to your favorite jacket pattern.
Eye Candy Supreme! Every now and then, I come across a piece at a flea market that I have no hope of wearing, but it's so splendid that I can't leave it behind. This is one such piece.
I wanted to make myself a new gym bag for spring and found another use for zip ties!
Sew removeable covers for a custom fitting dress form.
For those like me who dread hemming 4-ply silk crepe, my friend Lynda Maynard comes to the rescue!
I found this pillow cover at the flea market recently. The trim along the edge is what caught my fancy, and I determined to figure out how to re-create it.
To improve range of motion, use this vintage technique.
Layered bias strips create texture and detail.
A bias-strip insertion adds eye-catching detail.
I got some nifty raw silk from Mood recently for a spring jacket. Working with this fabric presents some challenges!
Finess a selvage to run along a lapel--this was my challenge! This is another installment in the Fortuny Jacket series.
Author Kenneth D. King focuses on the set-in sleeve gusset.
For Christmas, I bought some new equipment for my business, namely a portable leather walking foot sewing machine, and a new iron.
I chose to use a snail frog as a closure for an upcoming project in Threads. This is part of a class that I teach on Patternreview.com, and I excerpt it here!
I bought this blue coat recently at a thrift shop. Since it was only $3.00 I didn't want to go through too much effort to fix it!
Recently I was commissioned by a customer to make a jacket from fabric she purchased this summer at the Palazzo Fortuny. This starts a series of posts documenting the progress of this jacket.
Finally after several requests (and some time for you all to rest up), to celebrate the New Year, the hair jacket makes its debut, with the full-on photo shoot. There was hair, makeup, and a wind machine involved!
This is a treasure I found while visiting Toronto.
This is a technique I showed my students at F.I.T. recently.
Find out what Kenneth D. King created when he inherited 75 pounds of antique uniform buttons.
I found a vintage jacket at the thrift shop recently with this great trim, and decided that I wanted to figure out how to do it.
This is a project I'm working on, which will be done before the holidays. Just a teaser...
A correspondent recently emailed me with a photo of a trim which she couldn't figure out how to do. In order to spread the wealth, I decided to outline it for you all.
A reader had a question about how to make a side seam read true on a garment, so here's the answer!
Kenneth D. King was teaching the moulage in Tacoma recently, and had a woman who needed a neck dart in back. This is how he did it!
"Hairpin lace" evokes various images, but when worked in different materials and different scale, is another thing entirely.
Twisted bias strips elevate a basic garment from corporate to chic.
Working with lame is easier than you think.
Kenneth D. King demonstrates how to make this creative embellishment.
Learn how to use the technique of reweaving to repair a hole in your garment.
Check out the complex combination of embroidery found on this beaded bodice.
This is an eye-candy post, where you get to see some stellar embroidery examples.
When sewn properly, they are as strong as machine-sewn stitches, and you can do them almost as quickly.
Here is another use for the fantasy fur used in the jacket.
Learn how to sew an easy but beautiful manipulated-ribbon trim that can be used in a variety of applications!
Try the the slashing technique found in Threads issue #159 on a pair of jeans.
Here is a better way to alter pants to decrease a baggy seat.
Simplify the process of duplicating an embellishment with this technique.
In this article, designer Kenneth D. King takes you step-by-step through a Hong Kong finish.
In this online extra to the Threads issue 158 article "Garnish with a twist," you will learn a third variation on creating bias-strip insertions.
The final installment to the epic series of posts on making this hairy beast! We'll be covering lining the jacket, as well as final details in this post.
After making the facing, we're going to finish the front edge,and create a custom shoulder pad.
Some of my students told me of using zip ties as a substitute for whalebone in corsets, and--it works!
This is a trick I do on occasion when I want to eliminate seams in the outer edges of collar or neckline facings. It is especially pertinent for this project.
Because I loved the fabric so much, I had to figure out how to turn this nightmare into something dreamy.
Here's the next installment in the continuing series, installing the front band to the fantasy fur jacket.
This is the process by which I determined the kind and placement of the lacing that holds the leather yoke to the fantasy fur.
There is going to be a conference on embroidery in November 2011, sponsored by two of the premiere embroidery houses in the world--Penn and Fletcher in New York, and Hand and Lock, London!
I love pressing over a seam roll. Here's how to make a new and improved version!
Once the body of my jacket was constructed, I needed to finalize the pattern for the yoke, before cutting into the leather. Here's how I did it.
See the fur construction involving the slit pocket, as well as sewing the seams in this fantasy fur jacket.
Learn how to finish a pocket in part 3 of Kenneth's Fantasy Fur Jacket.
Continuing with the process of making this showy fantasy fur jacket, I'll show you how I engineered a slit pocket into the fur.
Here's a peek at my latest project: working with synthetic hair to make fantasy fur.
Reconfigure a pattern to divert the seam from the edges of tailored details.
Notched lapels are one of the hallmarks of good tailoring, and there's no reason to consider them impossible.
Learn how to read muslin, pinning the problem areas, and making the pattern adjustments.
Learn the three basic principles to the fitting your garment.
See the image of the finished camp sweater so many of your requested.
Even though it's a repeat, I'm going to be on Martha Stewart again!
I figured out a way to save this severely worn green jacket, which haunted my dreams, from the Salvation Army.
This is a companion article to the double-sided cloth article in the magazine (Issue 152 Dec 2010/Jan 2011). I received some questions about how I handled the pocket, so I thought I'd post a how-to!
Pure eye candy--a magnificent example of gold bullion work for you to savor!
Staying a neckline or armhole will ensure that you have a polished, professional, gap-free look when making garments with a scoop neck or a sleeveless armhole.
This is a shameless plug--I'm going to be on Martha Stewart's show, Wednesday September 22!
Use a strip of crossgrain muslin, to stay a curved armhole before you construct the jacket.
People asked to see the rest of the ensemble after seeing the post of the Fortuny shirt. I don't have a good photo of the jeans just yet, but here's a cute one of the jacket, taken at a recent Threads photo shoot.
I came into a large piece of Fortuny printed cotton recently. I chose to make a shirt, which presented a challenge when finishing the armhole.
This is a variation of a trim I make for my souffle sweaters. It is an elegant trimming for evening clothes, but I actually like it combined with a salt-and-pepper tweed.
Braided belts remain a fashion classic. This is another in my series of belts that I wanted to figure out!
There seems to be some confusion about sewing an inside seam to an outside seam, without puckering one side or the other. I'm posting this, to help all of those people I've talked to, who have this question.
I've had people ask when I was next giving a bodice moulage (French method) class in Manhattan. I have dates!
This extravagant blossom is suitable for trimming hats, or ball gowns. For its drama, it's surprisingly easy to make!
This stunning ribbon braid is easy to create, and can add a touch of embellishment to any project!
This technique from the classic Norfolk jacket provides incredible mobility for your arms while allowing for a closely fitting bodice
Spring has sprung, and this "extended play" version of the circular ribbon flower will be the perfect trim for all of those airy sundresses!
This lovely ribbon flower is most versatile--trim a hat with a small version, or scale it up for a wonderful ruffled cuff!
Understanding how fullness is added and arranged in a flare skirt, can give you an understanding of how fitting principles work.
Polyester organza is durable for edging, but can be difficult to manage. Kenneth shows a trick he figured out for making the pleating come out perfect.
This stitch is primarily used decoratively as an edge stitch.
When making tucks or darts in transparent fabrics, this trick will enable you to end the stitching line perfectly!
Elaborate-looking knotting techniques can sometimes be quite easy to do! This beautiful knotted belt reveals itself to be a simple braiding pattern, made lavish by the use of multiple decorative cords.
Here is another useful stitch to know. This stitch is great for hemming and finishing.
The silk lotus flower is an easy but lush flower, that would be suitable for adding a bit of dash and color to any ensemble. Made up in silk dupione or silk tafetta, it can work for evening or day clothes.
This strong, decorative stitch can be used to install zippers in difficult fabrics or understitch seam allowance on facings.
White embroidery is a cool and elegant summer look. There are a variety of embroidery stitches, but the French knot and Colonial knot provide interesting texture to a design.
The fell stitch is used to appliqué one layer of fabric to another.
Elegant passementerie can be woven from thin leather cord, making an extravagant trimming for any garment.
Kenneth King shows you two versions of this handy stitch.
A contemporary couturier shares techniques for making neat, narrow finishes on sheer and lightweight fabrics.