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craft interests: quilting, sewing

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Re: How to Make a Two-Piece Sleeve Pattern

Delightful to watch - informative, and very clearly explained AND shown.

Re: Video - Essential Tools: Machine Needles

Evmezic (Congrats!),

It's almost an industrial tutorial, but Judy, Judy, Judy, takes it beyond high art, and toward a virtual transcendental experience.

Sign me,

Stitch actualized

Re: Video: Quick Tip for Labeling Your Serger


The strawberry moving in the "B"-roll is a nice touch.

The only suggestion I can make is for you to send Stephanie and her Sharpie to Washington, D.C., one imagines the rest of us would be made clear on who is who (she's a skilled evaluator), then all the spin, and related confusion, would evaporate.

A fan of yours, and hers!

Re: Video: Make an Asymmetrical Design


WOW! It's like a foray into feature films, all about fashion. Thank you for this!

Angela is so encouraging, and fearless (she the sewing world's Karen Allen in "Raiders of the Lost Ark").

Your directorial style comes through in every shot.

A fan from way back

Re: Video: Miter Corners on Striped Trim


Great topic, mitering is an art and a science.

Ideal choices for casting - Fresia is the dependable studio staple, and "Judith" IS the living legend.

Here's a treatment proposal (could take you to Sundance), "All about Stephanie".

A sewing diva is paired with a seemingly green upstart, but as the story unfolds, someone is crowded off the video shorts sound stage (it's perfect for 2017!).

An ever helpful fan

Re: How to Sew a Velvet Frock Coat

Oh, Senor King, it is magnificent! MAGNIFICENT!!

The rear view is as spectacular as the front view - such great details!

I've gone the other direction, turning clothes into a duvet.

Awaiting your next triumph (though not patiently, I'm just sayin').

Re: Video: DIY Wide Seam Allowance Guide


Great new B-roll, theme music, and Stephanie Miller appears ready and ripe for a star turn (she's clearly attended the Judith Neukam School of Dramatic Arts - tell me I'm wrong!).

Perhaps a "Shirt in Pieces" or "Skirt in PIeces" series, with each segment showcasing Stephanie focusing on cuff making, placket making, collar making, yoke attaching, inserting a kick pleat, or attaching a waistband. Lofty, I know, but without a noteworthy challenge, critics and the public alike will remain unaware.

A viewer who only watches if you're name is in the credits

Re: Video: How to Wind a Bobbin for Bobbinwork Stitching

Great tip!

Evmez does it again!

Re: Video: An Expert Technique for Aligning Hard-to-Match Prints

Evmez and Judith blend experience from both sides of the camera to showcase Louise, and all of her great tips and advice.

Junken's cinematic signatures, well-framed hands, slightly down angle close-ups, keep everything in that classic presentation others only attempt to imitate.

Re: Video: Grade to Reduce Bulk in a Piped Seam


Roos' camera work only reiterates your penchant for discovering talent and including it your every project.

Now, how about a Neukam and Senior King reunion, over something like curved waistlines, recreating a vintage jacket details, or some sort of "sew-down throw-down", where they tackle the same problems with their favorite techniques?

Perhaps a "Judith goes to NYC" series (with an homage to the opening sequence from, "THAT Girl!")? Judith shopping, visiting the Big 4, meeting up with bloggers, sidewalk conversations with Senior King, reflecting on sewing, observations of the NYC garment district over the years, and a recap of the people she met up with, done in a winsome, yet pensive manner in Central Park (that's the kind of denouement which her voice and acting style were made for - you could easily shoe horn her into a nomination, if not another award).

A fan of all of the aforementioned

Re: Book Review: The Dress Detective by Ingrid Mida and Alexandra Kim


Here is a simple solution to rectify expectations with reality: enlarge the book's jacket cover on fabric, construct a coat dress, insert Claire Shaeffer into said garment, and VOILA!

He who lives by the phrase, "It's careless to be Claire-less."

Sign me,
Mr. Just-sayin'...

Re: Video: How to Strengthen Thread for Hand Sewing

Ruth belongs atop the highest peak in sewing-land.

Her balm can calm thread, and sewer, alike.

No more double-thread dread here.

Re: Make a Sewing Machine Cover

Beautiful cover!

Mine is a patchwork out of fabric samples (how many of those have we collected?), and lined it with an old pillowcase. Stitch with a, "When will I ever use this color?" spool of thread, and it's a virtually no-cost project.

Re: How to Make a Fortuny Gladstone Bag, The Finale

Senor King,

The reality exceeds the promise.

The handle, that pocket, and don't get me started on Nestor's rivets - you are a maestro at orchestrating show-stopping compilations. The lining was yet another turn at incorporating the unexpected, and elevating the entire effort.

Thank you for sharing this with us.

A huge fan

Re: How to Make a Fortuny Gladstone Bag, Part 2

WOW!!! This is like a designer label showing us how the magic is made.

The progress is impressive, as always.

Senor King, looking forward to the completion of this project in 2016, and all of your upcoming creations and techniques.

Re: Video: How to Fit Sleeves the Hip-Hop Way

Senor King,

Ring the bell, school's back in.

Again, you tie things together, and fitting makes vastly more sense.

In reviewing the M. C. Hammer video for "U Can't Touch This", the pants the men are wearing have ballooning about the thighs, but taper to more traditional pants about the calves. The fabric-rich area above allowed for maximum movement, in keeping with what you described.

Thanks for breakin' it down.

Re: Video: A Secret to Threading a Needle

Thanks Ruth!

Looking forward to your upcoming videos.

Re: How to Make a Fortuny Gladstone Bag, Part 1

Senor King,

You never cease to demonstrate that anything can be de-created and re-created - on behalf of my fellow Threads readers, thank you for that.

Your taste in hides and patterns proves flawless. While still in pieces, what you have constructed conveys the double-distilled elegance found among a select group who have the means for anything, but discerningly choose only timeless statement pieces.

Eagerly awaiting the rest of the series!

Re: Video: How to Set Fabric on the Bias

Brilliance made actionable! Bias made accessible.

Bramson is well-received by test audiences, time to give her mutli-episode installments (where she creates different garments with the tubes).

Evmez, you continue to discover talent which delivers; apply your vision and create a new star (just in time for the new year, and in a genre which intrigues but hasn't been able to pull in the audiences, until now!).

If there's one thing you've done right all along, it's this, "Build the brand, feed the legacy.".

Refined boldness has always been your calling card, why waiver now?

One of your many man fans

Re: More on Vicki Vasilopoulos, Creator of "Men of the Cloth"

Dear Well Known,

Your audience is hoping for low dutch angle long shots (practicing that brooding pout), up-lit close-ups, and footage of places in the heartland and out west as they stand today with your voice-over narration of how things were (a boarded up department store would speak to your growth and staying power).

Candid comments by your clients, voiced-over, describing wearing the garment, interspersed with your on-camera dissection and discussion of various attributes of each garment.

Running commentaries from colleagues and curiosities alike (sort of a semi-circle panel discussion including Khalji/Neukam/Lappin et al) with enormous images of you arced behind them (so in a 3 camera setting, you are always visible, and un-upstagable - affectionately singling out, and protecting you from, la diva Neukam).

Vicki reading reviews, mentions in publications, and quips off of websites, with you responding to them (her machine-gun delivery will precipitate a sort of interview/interrogation/pop-psychology therapy session, and not some exercise in back patting).'s practically story boarded. The pace is varied, it offers enough time with you, where you've been, and some of who know you and and your work. Throw in what ever she originally envisioned, and something straddling a bio-pic, documentary, and art-house film will unfold and make cinematic history.

With anticipation,

One of your FANS!!

Re: More Great Gifts for Sewers

My sewing wish list includes another great year of Threads Magazine (oh, the day it arrives!!! There have to be other readers who can actually put that feeling into words. Best I can say is that Threads is the plasma which connects and fuels us far-flung creative-types. We're out there, others are out there, and we now have a way of finding our herd, and learning new things.)!

The on-line content is outstanding. Video clips and tutorials are always a must see.

Then there's the comment sections - fun to read, and contribute to.

Re: More on Vicki Vasilopoulos, Creator of "Men of the Cloth"

Senor King,

Great interview! Vicki is your kind of gal; creative, tenacious, and putting out a product of the highest caliber.

It's always exciting when Thread's introduces us to the people behind something.

Delighted that you were chosen to view the screening and write about it. Your articles are a first read with every copy of Thread's.

One of you fans

Re: Examine Museum Fashions Online, Courtesy of Lasell College

Senor King,

Great video vignettes! They are educational, informational, and sensational (isn't that the definition of (pause), YOU?).

Is a video in the works from your Toronto trip? A travelogue with a demonstration on some technique you took away from the experience?

And not to beat a dead horse, while you've waxed on about your steam iron, wide-awake viewers have yet to see a demo, or comparison with a regular iron. Surely you can show us what we're missing, hmmmmm?

One, speaking on behalf of,
All The King's people

Re: Screening of "Men of the Cloth": a Film About Master Tailors

Senor King,

You, north of the border, who'd have thunk it.

I'll be on the other side of Lake Erie (and a bit further south), but there in spirit.

Perhaps you will indulge us an article on sewing with suiting? Tailoring tips and tricks that your experienced, and knowing, eyes gleaned? A recap and travelogue of Toronto's vibrant sewing, fiber, and other scenes, from a gentleman's perspective?

Sign me,
Yet another one of your fans who confuses being an unsolicited editor with a display of adoration

Re: Book Giveaway: "Secret Garden Embroidery" by Sophie Simpson

I am most enamored by how nature builds things.

There is a simplicity/efficiency/beauty to everything (unlike women's separates at some national retailers - no names, no names).

Re: The Loden Coat Sleeve, Part 1

Glued to my screen - I'm now a reluctantly admitted "sewing voyeur" (and you're to blame, Senor King!).

Re: Kaffe Fassett Book Giveaway


Creating shapes and combinations of color and texture are liberating.

Re: Book Giveaway: Practical Guide to Patternmaking for Fashion Designers - Menswear

I want to make a linen shirt.

I am a man.

Pick me.

Re: Book Giveaway and Interview with Shea Henderson

I made a voo-doo doll out of orange gingham on my mother's singer. I think that was equal parts amusing and disconcerting to a mother of a son in the early 70s.

Re: Start to Finish, an Embroidered Fortuny Frock Coat

Senor King,

Color me one more fan in line craning to see you rock the frock.

Re: The Perfect Blouse DVD Giveaway

Actually, my favorite sewing project was some quirky hand puppets for some little hands.

Re: Threads #179: Check out our latest issue and enter to win!

I'm salivating for the seamless lace article. Just watched the video and, as always, Judith Neukam tantalizes the uninitiated, and corrals the spurned skeptics.

In this video, Judith utilizes her diplomatic skills to all but reunite divided countries. Lace was never easy, nor inviting, but Ms. Neukam rewrites the future of this fabric.

Can "man lace" be far behind?

Re: Embellishments Special Issue: Check out our latest issue and enter to win!

Looking forward to the devore' topic, it seems so intimidating and perilous.

When I try devore', I want the experience to be fraught with success!

Re: 2015 National Serger Month Giveaway

Mine is closet clutter; a device in need of a driven operator.

These DVDs could change all of that.

Re: Book Giveaway and Interview with Quilting Expert Joan Ford

Can one be the king of mismatched seams?

Re: Video: Kenneth D. King's Essential Sewing Tool Kit, Part 1

I could watch these two all day!

What the world needs is a showing show variety hour - are you listening Evmez???

Re: Book Giveaway: Hand-Stitched Home - Signed by Susan Beal

It sounds as if there are some serious learnin' moments in this book.

Re: Win a Copy of the All-New The Couture Skirt Book & DVD Set

I'm a UGE (so big, there isn't room for the "H") Claire fan!!!!

Claire's latest book is what everyone wants, though for me, it's more of a need (please pick me as the winner!).

Re: Video: How to Make Thread Bars and Chains

SO looking forward to that upcoming issue of the Threads Magazine (complete disclosure: I constantly feel that way, and have no intention of seeking treatment to alleviate the condition).

Re: Book Giveaway: "Handbag Workshop"

Turning my leather "1/2 of a sectional" into some beautiful bags would be wonderful. Of course, first I have to win this book.

Of winning, and creating, I ask you, is that too much to dream of??? Hmmmm??

Re: Book Giveaway: "Bead Embroidery: Stitch Samples"

The ends of a scarf, or maybe a handbag; beads hold a quirky fascination, as use of only a few can personalize an item.

Re: Ruth Ciemnoczolowski's Sewing Room

I want to come back as Ruth in my next life.

Re: Interview with Designer Joi Mahon and Giveaway

I'm all gut and no butt.

Talk about issues!

Re: Threads' Judith Neukam Earns ASDP Lifetime Achievement Award

Judith, you are without a doubt as amazingly gifted as you are giving.

This award acknowledges what Threads' readers have long since known, you are the pinnacle where sewing meets sharing meets surprises.


P.S. You had me at your teeth chomp when describing the bite of a zipper, you had me at your teeth chomp.

Re: Pattern Giveaway: Simplicity SewStylish 1542

View C, so straightforward and classic.

View B reeks out loud of, "more sewing talent than taste".

View A is sharp, but the staying power is questionable.

Re: Book Giveaway: The Art of the Handbag

A friend has a collection, which includes a bag with a vintage ad and recipe on it (Tapioca!). I LUV IT, I LUV IT, I LUV IT!!!

Re: How to Cut and Sew a Decorative Bias Facing

Ruth Ciemnoczolowski is the Houdini of sewing! Though she keeps a secret about as well as an unlocked diary.

Inventive, with utterly unexpected answers, that are easily understood - Ruth is the wild card which cannot turn up enough.

Re: Enter the 2014 National Sewing Month Giveaway

Either a pair of pajama bottoms and a robe from IKEA fabric, or or some market bags from my on-going denim patchwork pile (it grows and grows!).

I have to say it, I would LUV a year of Threads Magazine...what man wouldn't???

Re: Enter Threads Storage Solution Giveaway Sponsored by

I'm a true believer in the "file pile" method.

Anything would help.

Re: Magazine Giveaway: The Best of Threads--Handbags

The mix of fabrics and utility of the project entice me into creating bags.

Re: Video: Create a Folding Design Board

Evmez is not the Selwyn of our time, she's the Selznick of our times!!!

Ms. Neukam is featured in this long-needed, career boosting, short; showcasing the breadth of Judith's ingenuity, as well as the depth of her skills.

Plenty of close-ups, no other cast members to clutter the shots, or take the focus off of this long reigning "queen of the lot" - the not-so-secret recipe for a showcase performance.

Brilliant directorial direction can reignite a star's popularity - Evmez knows better than anyone else how to create buzz (and come to think of it, awards season isn't that far off, now is it???).

Re: An Easy Way to Accurately Pleat Ribbon for Trims

Senor King,

Being innovative and industrious plants you furthest from laziness, or any similar descriptors.

It's always a pleasure to see how you make fabric yield and submit to your wants.

Of course, your i500 also delivers, and you clearly know how to use it for stellar results.

As always, in awe of you.

Re: Threads Visits NYC

Judith and Tim in the same place?!?!?!?!!!

Sewing history was made.

Re: Book Giveaway: "Marge's Custom Slipcovers"

Mine is a world in need of a gentle "refreshing".

This book might even prompt me to make my porch furniture "FUNiture"!

Re: Video: DIY Faux-Velvet Board

The vocal intonations, the way she plays to the camera, her exquisite timing and delivery - Judith Neukam continues to pick her vehicles carefully, and deliver not only what her public expects, but always a little more.

Re: Book Giveaway: "Threads Sew Smarter, Better & Faster"

Clean your machine first! Lint, threads, and what-not are not going to make any project faster, easier, or more enjoyable.

Re: Book Giveaway: "Threads Sew Smarter, Better & Faster"

Clean your machine first! Lint, threads, and what-not are not going to make any project faster, easier, or more enjoyable.

Re: Video: Make Your Own Tailor's Pressing Tool

The music, the title segment, and judicious use of a studio staple with star power - all add up to why Evmez is the Selwyn of our time.

Re: Second Annual National Serger Month Celebration and Giveaway

I'm using mine as closet clutter. So need more than the manusl it came with.

Re: Make a Mary Poppins-Style Carpetbag: Part 2

Senor King,

Another inventive, and amazingly instructive, work of art, from your creative hands.

THAT bag! It's got personality plus!

Off to find some blue wisteria (have to wrap my lunch),


Re: Video Quick Tip: How to Sew with Faux Leather

I only trust Evmez Productions.

Re: Kenneth D. King's Kilim Carpet Coat: The Big Finish


Senor King, you just outdid yourself (that's the equivalent of setting up a KOA campsite on Mars, and keeping it full).

As for YOUR having to learn to make coffee - without sounding like a meddling out-of-towner, the phrase "boyfriend probation" comes to mind.

Sign me,
Nothing more than a helpful other

Re: What Sewing Machine Do You Use?

I'm a Kenmore, White, and Singer owner. Euro-brand lust is something I don't want to dwell upon (it sometimes turns to envy, but I reassure myself that my machines are doing right by me).

Most of my machines are vintage, but my Kenmore from the 90s (model 385 17824090 - bought it new) works beautifully and is my "go to" machine.

A vintage straight stitch should be in everyone's collection (ode to the Singer 201).

Quality never disappoints, and that's doubly true with sewing machines. Test drive what you can, and you will just know the right machine(s) for you almost immediately.

Re: Video Quick Tips: How to Adjust Shoulders

Gladly will she fit,
and gladly will she teach.

Re: Video: How to Bead a Motif Using a Template

Judith could make at-home brain surgery look easy.

Re: Kenneth D. King Featured on

Pay no attention to the skies and sidewalks, this is the summer of Senor King!

Re: Book Giveaway: Artist/Rebel/Dandy: Men of Fashion

Form fitting clothes, which flatter, and dare I say flaunt a gents curves and contours can be fascinating.

Re: The Box Pleat Experiments, Part One: Single and Double Garland Trim

Senor King,

Such clarity! You leave me with the inspiration sensation, never you mind the "cross-draping" anticipation.

A fan full of creative elation!

Re: The Bag-Lady Giveaway: Four handbag books and a quilted bag to carry them all!

A messenger bag out of old jeans, mens business casual pants. Or leather from an unloved sectional sofa.

Re: ASDP Honors Kenneth D. King

Senor King is a one-man tour de force, embodying creativity, ahead-of-his-time thinking, and moxy.

KDK's contributions are almost as vast as his imagination.

I continue to applaud him while wistfully ignoring that doing so will likely lead to a repetitive stress injury (Senor King is THAT talented).

Yet another loyal fan

Re: Announcing New Threads Editor, Sarah McFarland

Congratulations on taking the reigns.

Please use your power to initiate, Threads Person of the Year.

You know, acknowledging a great person in sewing, their mug on the cover, an insightful interview with a timeline picto-gram visually telling their story, and of course, never-before-seen photographs.

Re: The Kilim Carpet Coat: Installing Shoulder Pads and Facings

Senor King,

Such wisdom in ensuring that the fabric not compete with buttons.

Soft sculpted shoulder pads situate a smart silhouette.

Awaiting the final installment in this sewing adventure; the big reveal! How about some location shots?

Re: Enter the Teach Yourself to Sew Giveaway Sponsored by Janome

My inner-designer needs to bloom and grow, bloom and grow.

Re: Enter the Teach Yourself to Sew Giveaway Sponsored by Janome

My inner-designer needs to bloom and grow, bloom and grow.

Re: Book Giveaway: "Gertie's New Book for Better Sewing"

Gertie is all knowing!!!!!

Re: Video: How to Sew a Pickstitch

These videos are as beautiful as they are useful.

Re: How to Make a Coat from Two Kilim Carpets

Senor King,

Creative congratulations are in order.

Now about that steam iron chatter; is such a device involved in taming a rug into a coat? Have we been privy to your steam iron antics vis-a-vis a poignant review, and I missed it?

A steam driven fan of yours

Re: How to Re-create a Vintage Modernist Bag

Senor King,


You have a keen eye for BOTH style and design. "Perpetual awe", is the state you keep me in.

Now being a bit rough, and seeking to become somewhat acceptable, I'm off to saddle soap and mink oil my person.

Sign me,
Better for your every blog

Re: Enter to Win an Oliso Pro Smart Iron!

My trick is to iron both side of fabric, it lays so much better. Try it and see.
I would make crisp creases with an Oliso iron on all my sewing projects, particularly at the hems.

Re: How to Pretest Pattern Changes with "Minipats"

Louise Cutting is sewing royalty!

There, someone finally said it.

Re: Book Giveaway: Dressmaking: 200 Q&A

No tips or tricks, just questions.

Re: Inside a Splendid Embroidered Vest

Senor King,

Enjoyed your travelogue, and hope you showcase and dissect more garments. You capture the details in words and pictures so well.

Sign me,

Hungry for eye candy

Re: Magazine and Ensemble Pattern Giveaway: SewStylish Spring 2013

Working with linen, linen and cotton blend, or a linen and silk blend.

Re: Create Boning with Heavy-Duty Zip Ties

Senor King,

Of structure and stiffness, information and inventiveness, you educate as you elucidate.

A raving fan!

Re: Magazine Giveaway: Threads Issue 168

The 1988 movie "Chocolat", it's a French film, takes place in Cameroon in the 50s, the mother is laced into a strapless gown by a male servant. It's a great scene, and an even better dress (so confining, yet revealing).

The dress reflects the excess and elegance which could not be sustained. It's the zenith of 20th century refinement. Find the movie if you want to see something quite remarkable.

Re: A Beautiful Hem for a Four-Ply Silk Crepe

Senor King,

I'm with JennnyEbner - so many tips and gentle guidance in your ever contribution. Big shout out to Lynda!

A fervent fan!

Re: Enter to Win a One-Year Subscription to Threads!

For want of a subscription...

Re: Win a Copy of Smart Fitting with Kenneth D. King on DVD

Senor King is my super hero (though he seemingly opts out of all things spandex - pity).

Re: How to Embroider Garments Like Penn & Fletcher

Ode to rainy days in December, curious cats, and learning new skills.

Re: Win a One-Year Threads Insider Membership!

Doesn't my screen name say it all????

Re: How to Sew Inseams

Such an integral piece of the piecing puzzle.

Thanks Louise!

Re: Video: How to Sew a Blind Hem

I camp out in the Internet to be one of the first to see these videos!

Excellent presentation of the mechanics of this stitch.

Re: The Fortuny Jacket: Finessing the Facing

[one can never elude the punctuation police]

Re: The Fortuny Jacket: Finessing the Facing

Senor King,

The elegance of a single piece of fabric is a testament to your tenacity.

As always,

One days drive beyond impressed

Re: Book Giveaway: "Creating a Successful Fashion Collection"

I would like to do a "found objects" fashion line, only with "found fabric", like burlap coffee sacks from coffee shops.

Re: Create Gentle Inner Support with Horsehair


Khalje/King in 2016!

Re: Book Giveaway: "The Essential A-Line"

Once more with feeling...ME! ME! ME! ME! ME! ME! ME!

Pick me!!!!!!!!

Re: DVD GIVEAWAY: Industry Insider Techniques with Louise Cutting Volumes 1-4

Not to be too course, but ME!, ME!, ME!, ME!, ME!, ME!, ME!

Pick me!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Re: Announcing Smart Fitting with Kenneth D. King!

Senor King just created a new "MUST HAVE" on my sewing budget!

Re: Book Giveaway: "Gertie's New Book for Better Sewing"


Re: A Trick for Working with Raw Silk

Senor King,

You make the tedious a breeze, you bring manners to obstreperous fabrics, and you offer hope to those of us cowering where cloth meets thread.

It has been said that a man never stands as tall as when he stoops to cut loops.

Ergo, you sir, are a giant.

Re: How to Dye Silk Organza

So resourceful!

Beautifully explained.

Re: How to Dye Silk Organza

So resourceful!

Beautifully explained.

Re: Video: How to Sew a French Seam


Great step-by-step how-to!

Please keep these "video shorts" coming our way, and don't shy away from more full-length features (showcasing your contributing editors and, of course, the Taunton Press Players).

Re: Magazine Giveaway: Sew Home

Slip covers, curtains, pillows - there are so many "first things" I would do to doll up my dump.

Re: Book Giveaway "The Colette Sewing Handbook"

I can use all the help I can get.

Re: Project Runway Episode 5: "A Little Bit Country, a Little Bit Rock 'n' Roll"

Patricia MORE than dodged a bullet - she peddled a cheesy rendition of a cocktail napkin sketch which would make any celebrity (and offending designer) tabloid fodder. The whole get-up screamed, "clunky go-go dancer".

While Richard rocked the fringe, I think several others could have won this week's contest.

Re: Eggplant Dress

You just won the "It's so hot I'd wear it, and I'm a guy" award!


Re: Video: How to Serge Seam Allowances

LUV these tutorials!

This one showed the sewing machine and serger working together, sharing screen time, for a stellar result. So often, the serger is treated as a stand alone, not a co-star.

Evamarie, you need to request a cigar and a studio in Hollywood - you have vision. Please bring Threads to the big screen, pronto.

Re: A Quick Fix for a Baggy Blue Coat

Senor King, you know when to dig in, and when to say when.

Great use of grommets!

Another voice in the choir to see "Kenneth D. King - male model".

Re: Book Giveaway: "Hat Shop"

I've tried in the past, but could use a guide. This book would be a wonderful creative sherpa.

Re: Video: A Fast Look at Pattern Drafting

If I make the leap, rest assured, the world will have it's first Judith Neukam drag queen.

Re: More Fortuny! Yes, More!

Senor King,

Can't wait for the Reliable i500 post! Sewing appliances - such an attraction!

Re: Video: How to Sew a Stitch and Pink Seam Finish

Victoria and Evamarie, you did it again!

My sewing universe has been expanded. Thank you!

Re: Book Giveaway: "Schiaparelli & Prada: Impossible Conversations"

It looks like a fascinating read.

Re: Magazine Giveaway: "Threads" Issue #165 (February/March 2013)

I'm tossed between darning (so practical), and the picot stitch (kind of intimates the rough-N-tumble existence of blankets on the prairie).

Re: How to Edgestitch and Topstitch a Collar Lapel

(sigh) So many things scream "loving hands at home"!!!

Such a cordial critique.

Great tutorial, as always.

Re: Video: How to Sew a Single-Fold Clean Finish Seam

Luv, luv, LUV THIS!!!!!

Sandra, I for one am looking forward to more of these video tutorials.

Victoria and Evamarie did an outstanding job producing such a clear and clutter-free video.

Threads imparts, and we improve.


Re: Book Giveaway: "Quilt Love"

I am quilting with jeans, including using the pockets. It's a crazy quilt. Quilting with old pants gives thicker, but aged, fabrics a second life. Plus, they aren't so delicate that I'm afraid to use them.

Re: Couture Techniques for a Better Fitting Waistband

All the details revealed!!!

Thank you Susan, for this, and all of your contributions to Threads Magazine.

Wishing everyone at Threads, and my fellow readers, an exponentially happy 2013!

Re: The Pink Horsie Jacket!

Senor King,

You have a shopper's eye, a model's stance, and a stunning south-of-the-border find.

A tip of the sombrero, and a knowing nod.

Re: How to Make a Floating Shoulder Pad

This makes too much sense - all the silhouette, without the rigid limitations.

Thanks Louise!

Re: Video: More Fashion Illustration Basics from Yelen Aye

That was amazing!

The ease of creating something from nothing is truly a talent.

Re: How to Miter the Inside Corner of a Hong Kong Finish

Senor King,

Your practical pefectionism can slay any dragon (and there be dragons out there).

Re: Using Buttons as Embellishment

Bold, brilliant, and breathtaking!

Senor King, you are neither bounded, nor barricaded, by conventional thought.

Breakthroughs are your stock and trade.

Re: Firming Up Fabrics with Gelatine

Susan's world is full of amazing people and intriguing techniques.

Re: How to Make a Banded Armscye

Her siren's song sung, the upcoming issue is all I can see, as it's full speed ahead into the rocks of a bookstore cash register.

Re: How to Make a Snail Frog Closure

Senor King,

Another tutorial, and never a retread of something pedestrian.

Thank you for this and all of the innovative techniques you have shared with us.

Re: How to Make Bubble Fabric Trim

Senor King,

Another stupendous tutorial!

Re: Another Way to Make Pleated-Ribbon Trim

Senor King!

You continue to astound and amaze your public, with thread, forethought, and your unerring eye for style.

Can't wait to see what you do next.

Re: Making a Side Seam Read True

Senor King, you take the quirky and disconcerting, and make it sensible and stress-free.

Mucho gracias for your patterning geometry tutorials.

Re: BOOK GIVEAWAY: Fashion by Design

An explanation of good design could only motivate me beyond my current skill level (rudimentary).

Re: ASG Honors Claire Shaeffer

Oh, the company you keep!!!

Every contribution Claire Shaeffer has made has been informative as well as inspiring.

Thank you Threads Magazine for being a forum for top talent in sewing to reach so many interested others.

Kindly, take this to the water cooler, "More articles from Claire Shaeffer can't appear too soon!".

Re: 1950's style silk dress

Embroidery done right!

What a dress! Those shoes, and Emma herself, flawlessly showcase your creation.

Most impressive!!!

Re: BOOK GIVEAWAY: "The Art of Fashion Draping" by Connie Amaden-Crawford

I would like draping demystified, and this looks like the book to make that possible.

Re: Vintage Style Party Gown

Me likes, a whole bunch!

Re: How to Create a Notched Tuck

She did it again! This time it's fabric manipulation made understandable.

Mostly magic, with a little mischief, that's Judith Neukam.

Re: And the Winner of the 2012 SewStylish Summer Fashion Challenge is...

While the voices in my head scream, wail, and moan in the background, I am big enough to congratulate you on your win.

Of course, if any quotable comments from said voices are overheard, rest assured, they shall be strewn artfully amongst the lilacs and lace.

Those button holes are truly stellar (and your tutorial on bound buttonholes may actually motivate me to learn something new).

Forget the "long suffering, and just sign me,

Your fantagonizer

Re: A New Sewing Machine Concept

Amazing reinvention!

The hand crank and foot pedal are both brilliant.

Total flexibility with this iteration.

Re: Creating a Back Neckline Dart for Better Fit

Senor King does it AGAIN!!!

They say genius is making the difficult look easy. These instructions took a complex fitting situation and made them understandable.

That said, one wonders what he could do by focusing on global economics?

Re: Polka Dot Obsession

Well, well, well, if it isn't another message from the Wall Drug of home sewing, Laura Mae. Everywhere I look in cyberspace, there you are, and in yet ANOTHER splendid effort.

I'm back to thinking you are a quirky sewing group, with a pert model, and a pooch-as-prop. One person can not possibly have the time, talent, and tenacity to create the volume and level of output as you purport to do. Never you mind the fiction of a full-time job, and rich rewarding life outside of sewing. Your storyline is tantamount to the accomplished comic strip character Mary Worth, toting pockets full of dexies and reds (and though fictional, she'd STILL be dragging behind you).

For the record you can color me impressed (those button holes!), while on the QT I'm nothin' but skeptical; all raised eyebrows, and second thoughts.

Some of the people, some of the time, sister.

Your man fan

Re: Decoupage Ideas Using Sewing Patterns

April, you've done it again!

Daring others could "wallpaper" an accent wall (ceiling?) with enough bits and pieces of patterns.

Lampshade layering, concealing a damaged wooden carrying case or treadle lid on an older machine, or papering the back panel on a bookcase/display cabinet. Even a folding screen could be recovered and made into something noteworthy.

Boxes of "assorted patterns" are now affordable wall paper - who knew?

Re: Museum Exhibit: Woven Treasures of Japan's Tawaraya Workshop

Thanks April!

The warm season has just begun, and one never knows is a jaunt to DC is in the offing.

Re: Book Giveaway: "The Chronicle of Western Costume" by John Peacock

Since everything old is new again, best to know what was.

This book sounds like a wonderful source for reference and inspiration.

Re: A Fabulous Fur Handbag

The horn toggle elevates the bag from art, to high art.

Re: Sham's Tablecloth Skirt

It amazes me how the pattern can be described, not drawn, and yet the finished product could be duplicated. There is genius in simplicity.

Re: Is There a Right Way to Iron a Garment?

First: from the washer, shirts should go 10 minutes in the dryer, enough to take the wetness out, but leave you a fairly unwrinkled perfectly damp specimen (some people hang them up to dry at this point, and later touch up where needed - it does work if you'd like to spare the shirts time in the dryer, and yourself time at the ironing board).

Next: I iron them inside out to get a large areas smooth.

Lastly: turn in right-side-out and work the sleeves, back, front, and collar (inward and frontward last). Have a mister handy to spritz and create steam on the surface fibers.

This is essentially a double pressing, but it makes for a great presentation, especially on dress shirts.

Re: Discover Fashion's Impact

It may be time for a road trip.

Re: How to Make Ribbon Trim

Senor King continues to demystify the universe, when he isn't expanding it.

Re: Slashing Just for Fun

Wonderful effect, and a great way to showcase those stems, Senor King.

Re: Magazine Giveaway: Threads Issue #159, March 2012

Khalje and King are reason enough to buy a copy, everything else is GRAVY!

Re: The Winner of the Threads Ultimate Sewing Challenge sponsored by BERNINA is...

NOT Laura_Mae!

How does she do all this? A corselette?!?! Dyed to match underlining? And then she models her own creations, to stellar effect.

I fawn over her at the Burda website (she's now on the short list of people I'd like to come back as - not that I knew I had such a list, or belief - she sews THAT well!).

Now Laura_Mae is here, with an armload of prizes and notoriety to boot. When awe turns to envy, it is NOT a pretty thing.

Though I am happy for her, happy I say.

With a clenched, but poised smile (like every runner-up at the end of a beauty contest),

A Laura_Mae man fan

Re: Creating a Minifacing

Leave it to Susan Khalje for sage advice, understandable know-how, and long-lasting results one can be proud of.

Re: BOOK GIVEAWAY: "The Colette Sewing Handbook" by Sarai Mitnick

Winning this book would further my sewing knowledge and abilities. Plus, winning is FUN!

Re: A Pretty Blue Coat

The coat exudes charm. Those details are inspiring; horizontal darts - who knew?

Re: BOOK GIVEAWAY: "Couture Sewing Techniques" by Claire B. Shaeffer

Claire is an excellent writer and student of design.
I would like to learn more about couture hand sewing stitches and techniques.

Re: FIT MUSEUM EXHIBIT: Vivienne Westwood, 1980-89

It's amazing how Vivienne Westwood changed her focus and made history. A lesson to us all.

Thanks April, for another good steer from you and Threads!

Re: The Blog for Men Who Sew (And the Women Who Sew For Them)

HIS BOLDNESS blazes a path for all.

Used sewing machines, old fabric, new ideas, and a desire to create all add up to one site worth visiting and revisiting.

Peter Lappin in 2012!!!!!!!

Re: Fantasy fur, installment 2: Creating a slit pocket in the fur

He's doing it again!!!

He is doing it again!!!

Senor King continues to elevate and innovate sewing.

Thank you Threads Magazine for featuring such a talent!

Re: Book Giveaway: "Draping Basics" by Sally M. Di Marco

Having only draped a robe, I could use a greater understanding of draping. Experienced drapers make it look like a spontaneous action, but it's clearly a practiced art having tried it. With miles to sew before I sleep...

Re: Sewing with creative materials

Luv, Luv, Luv it!!!!!!!

Senor King continues to astound while stretchig all metes and bounds.

Every innovation is someone kicking a hole into whatever keeps us from the future. Kenneth King again opens a portal with the sheer strength of his imagination and fortitude.

Watch the runways to see if any hair garments, or real fur given a perm, don't skate before you.

Thank you Threads for this gutsy article.

Re: What's your state garment?


Creativity serves as inspriration in every form.

Thank you April, you share wonderfully eclectic things with the readers of Threads Magazine.

After too many years of making the bookstore pilgrimage I actually became a subscriber, and you're efforts are part of what motivated me to do so.

As for the New York gown modeled in the back of a garbage truck - PRICELESS!

Re: What sewing topics would you like to read about in Threads?

How'z about more post-mortems on fashions of old. Deconstructing and exploring the inner workings of vintage and designer outerwear and dresses. Construction concepts are vital to expanding a sewer's knowledge.

A showcase on several of your contributing editors methods of finishing the arm holes on sleeveless garments (they can't all do it the same way). It's always the visible and simple which really makes a garment evade the scrutiny of the "Store-bought or home-made?" police.

The paperbag waist in its many incarnations: tall, flouncy, and novel. Show pants and dresses which have utilized this feaure. Listing suggested suppliers for any necessary stuctural materials.

A denim chemise out of thrift store jeans, or one's old jeans. Sort of a something-out-of-nothing article. That would fit well with the times.

Re: Is sewing taught in your local school system?

At my junior high, they started making everyone take sewing and cooking, as well as woodshop and drafting. It was ALL beneficial. Other than art classes, very few things were hands-on learning.

The stigma of gender-specific activities has lessened or in some places vanished.

Teaching design and repurposing of garments and fabrics would be both practical and timely.

Textile arts are another means of expressing creativity, and should be encouraged at home, as well as at school.

Schools could teach the making of quilt squares, and the efforts could be donated. That would be teaching many lessons at once.

Re: Balenciaga in New York

What a show!

Can NOT imagine you two pal'n around - what kind of scandalous comments were exchanged??