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Absolutely FABULOUS!!!!I want to just rip it right off your back for myself! I LOVE the way you made the V pattern on the back, and have the fringe along the bottom! Hot damn, what a great coat! There's a REASON why you are THE KING!
dear Mr. King (or is it Dr. King now?) I don't know what I would use this on, but I file it away just like i do all the projects you offer, knowing that it will come in handy someday! The local fabric store has heaps of ribbon hanks on sale, so I may try making some up just for the heck of it!
Oh, and big congrats on your lifetime achievement award!
Absolutely FABULOUS coat! Too bad youy aren't going to be at the Creativ fest in Toronto this year; you could have WORN it! I am planning to make myself a Sandra Betzina coat from one of those fake-fur bedspreads, in ZEBRA. I may trim it with 'inlaid' red faux fur as was demo'ed in a past Threads article.
I would love to learn to drape, period. How handy it would be to be able to make absolutely anything at all one wanted, without relying on a pattern! So, this book looks like a good place to start!
I absolutely LOVE the "Threads challenges" they are a feature that I now realize I have MISSED. I rarely see anything I like in any fashion designer's lineup but I have ALWAYS liked ALL of what came up in these challenges! Glad to see one featured here; can't wait!
Did anyone else here spot the reason WHY JLo almost suffered a 'wardrobe malfunction" with that gown she was wearing????
Only people who sew would know the reason why!
Anyone who has ever made a gown knows that you cannot have a dress that is cut low both front and back...it won't stay on your shoulders! Someone should have installed loops of elastic to go around under her arms to keep the dress in place!
This book looks fantastic. I love the idea of having a chronicle so that the evolution of fashion can be seen clearly.And, what a reference to have close to hand!
The "painted lace" article definitely sounds intriguing.
Dear Elsie: I too am a BIIIG fan of Loreena McKennitt; in fact she lives only a relatively short distance away from me! I once met her at the Union train station in Toronto; we were taking the same train home! I consider her to be the TRUE "singing jewel" of Stratford, Ontario!
Oh and your hats are FABULOUS. I too like to decorate and re-vamp hats; thank you for the inspiration!
I always LOVE "medieval/fantasy"-type weddings, so much more interesting than the usual offerings! So, what did the GROOM wear, I wonder?
People who have computer-based sewing machines should be wary of putting anything with a MAGNET on or near their machines unless they like the idea of all their data being wiped out! Do make sure it is SAFE to do so, BEFORE putting anything like a "magnetic seam guide" on your computer-based machine!
That being said, this looks like a GREAT idea for those of us who have no such concerns! I will be looking into a flat-fell foot next time I am at the sewing store! Thanks for the tip!
Thank you for this information; I am about to buy a bunch of rayon fabric which is on sale, and this is a good timely tip iun case T end up interfacing some of it!!
Very clever! Is the outfit all one piece, or separates? Beautifully done! I LOVE Indian fabrics!
I am alsways up for acquiring a book that has something new and innovative to offer in terms of fashion design..so here's my comment!
This ia TERRIBLE! What a loss! I have always enjoyed Lois's articles and admired her cleverness at coming up with garment closures and ornamentation! How sad to know that she is now gone! Hail and farewell, Lois!>wipes tear<
I am sure the grim reaper known as "Angelina" appreciated the FAKE hips (and, probably, a fake rear end) the CJ dress was rigged with, since she has none of her own! I heard recently that the reason she doesn't have any "designer endorsements" for clothing is because the "falsies" (hips, rear, bust) she has to wear in order to gain the semblance of a "figure" tend to SHOW THROUGH clothing and designers are not pleased with this. I understand one of the first scenes in "The Tourist" features two policemen making a remark about her character's rear end...I got a HUGE LAFF out of that because it is well known to her detractors that that rear end of hers is FAKE.
I have an extremely KOOL pair of jeans that are a titch too SMALL for me in the hips now... I think this slash technique is just what I need! I am thinking that if it was done with staggered vertical slashes, the material should expand just enough, and I could put leather underneath the slashed part to keep everything decent! Thank you, Mr. King, for this GREAT idea,if it works out I will post a picture; if not , oh well!-those jeans were just lying around taking up storage space anyway!
So, where was this contest BEFORE December 28? What good is it telling us about it AFTER the fact?
I can NOT wait to see the Charles James article, the bra-making article, and the Kenneth King article (which are ALWAYS worth seeing). But the WHOLE THING sounds fabulous; I am now jumping up and down in my chair, impatient for January! This isn't idle flattery:Threads REALLY IS the NUMERO UNO sewing mag; there isn't another one out there to equal it.What Rolls-Royce is to cars, Threads is to all the other sewing mags!
Yes, I concur: FAB costume idea, and VERY clever execution of the idea!>applause<
I absolutely MUST have this archive; I never saw a "Threads" mag I didn't LOVE reading! I have issue 5 (picked it up second-hand)and I CHERISH it. Someone lent me issue 37 and I read it so many times before I gave it back I was worried it was going to FALL APART. Frankly, I'd prefer to have the actual copies of the magazines (I'm old-fashioned that way)but people are hanging ON to them, looks like, since I have only very RARELY see an old Threads in a thrift store (and I grabbed it right away!) But I will happily settle for the DVD archive! Thank goodness I got here in time to enter the contest!
One can always use a good book on sewing in one's library, so I am leaving this comment here so as to be on the list of contestants. I just HATE the fact that there are any number of book giveaways that I have missed out on, so I will start coming here more regularly to make sure I don't miss any more of them!I am a pretty good and creative sewer but Kenneth King I ain't! But I'm working on it...
Funny, I saw this EXACT chair in a local consignment shop just the other day!I didn't see any price tag so I can't say if you got a deal or not, but it's a cute little chair and I'd say you did!
Oh, and I wanted to say I LOVED your "Shadow Applique" article in this month's threads; that is something I am going to definitely try! And that dress in the article with the appliqued sleeves was just BEAUTIFUL...one of yours, I presume!
Thank you for this; I had been planning to try cutting nylon organza with a hot tool and now after seeing this video I feel inspired enough to go ahead and just do it!
The vest looks great...way to salvage that poor mangled jacket! That "Quelle horreur!" really gave me a laugh and a half! The fabric IS great, and I actually think it looks BETTER as a vest than a jacket anyway!
I have a confession: I'm obsessed with crushed velvet and satin. I don't wear a lot of it, funnily enough, but it dominates my stash! I want the fact that i don't wear a lot of it to CHANGE so I am getting ready to do something about it!
My CURRENT fabric obsession, however, is that iridescent organza that they make kids' fairy costumes out of. It's so BEAUTIFUL. Practical it ain't, but I am working on ways to incorporate it into everyday clothes AS WELL.
Looks like "the King" has done it AGAIN! What a great idea this is! If people are interested on odd-shaped wood pieces, they might want to check out a hobby shop in town here (Guelph, Ontario, Canada) called "The Stockade", whose specialty is unpainted wooden objects, and I know they have all different shapes of wooden thingies that could serve as ironing tools... and they have a catalogue and a website. People might want to check it out for odd-shaped wood bits to use in this fashion.
Oh, and I forgot to say: the skirt is BEAUTIFUL; I love that fabric, and you did a bang-up job re-sewing it!
Yes, it's really quite astonishing how you get beautiful ethnic fabric sewn together in the most rinky-tink fashion...I bought a Rajasthani cotton shawl beautifully batiked and stitched with sequins and mirrors in WHITE thread (the shawl was burgundy and blue ombreed together) sewn in HUGE long dangly runs on the inside that caught on EVERYTHING. It looked so AWFUL and was so wretched to wear, I set to work and re-sewed ALL the sequins (replacing them with glittery mylar sequins) all in BLACK thread, and used tiny running stitches between them to avoid long snaggy thread runs, and removed the big round mirrors (they were much too heavy for the fabric anyway) and replacing them with extra-large sequins in patterns. It took FOREVER...but now it is BEAUTIFUL; a veritable "cloak of lights"!
Yes, I agree: The "King" has done it again: come up with (there is no other word for it) BRILLIANT idea! Nice to know he's a fellow "thrift store habitue" as well!
P.S.: Mr King, are you IRISH? I know you have another GREEN jacket; there's that one you used for a Threads article a while back: the green tweed one with the burgundy/gold brocade lining (gawd, that looked STUNNING.) Ha, coincidentally, I JUST found a Chinese jacket in the very SAME brocade design at a thrift store this week, except that it's BLACK and gold.)
The way the waistband swoops down in a curve in the back is very attractive; I remember reading somewhere that the great designer Balenciaga frequently did the same thing; he made waistbands an inch or two lower at the back for a more attractive and flattering line.
Whoops, I just looked at the numbers and I realize I meant "issue 108 from 2003" where I saw the article "Meet Kenneth King...issue 121 was the OTHER issue I was able to score at the thrift store!!
Is there a step missing here? I don't quite get how to "close the fabric tube"...maybe the author has left something out?
Mr. King, this is absolutely BEAUTIFUL and BRILLIANT; I completely LOVE the look of the crocodile patterned leather yoke next to the fur; I am GREEN with envy that SOMEBODY SOMEWHERE is going to have this STUNNING coat! Also, I am making myself a faux fur coat very soon and this has given me some GREAT ideas!
Oh, and I recently picked up issue 121 (back from 2003!) of Threads at a thrift store, one which was missing from my collection...and WOW! There was that article: "Introducing Kenneth King"!
My breath was absolutely taken away by the stunningly BEAUTIFUL creations featured in it... I LOVED the "boomerang shaped" fur boa (GREAT idea, BTW!) with the little hidden pocket; (very "Erte", that!) Actually I loved EVERYTHING of yours that was featured in it;I am only starting to get my breath back!
It is an odd fact that I myself have been trying to come up with clever ways to work with sheer nylon organzas; you know, the double-woven iridescent stuff that is so popular for kids "fairy' costumes these days, and then along comes this issue!
I also ate up that wonderful KK article next to it, on embellishment for lapels' as it happens, I have recently gotten "hooked on couching", so the extreme inspiration for clever ways to couch trims "in concert" was more than timely! So, though this article is "ancient history", I still wanted to tell you that this has now become my FAVOURITE issue of Threads, and your articles will be providing inspiration for a LONG time to come!
I have to say, I love YSL(especially his "Russian" period, Christian Dior, Chanel, Vionnet, Valentina, Madame gres...who can pick just one? Modern-day commercial designers, not so much; they mostly look like they have run out of ideas! I get my BEST ideas from THREADS, where the designs are driven by LOVE OF DESIGN and SEWING, and not the desire to grub as much money as possible by fobbing garbagy, UGLY clothes off on the public and calling it "fashion". Maybe Koos van den Akker comes closest to coming up with something unique AND well-made, to boot!
The back cover is one of the reasons Threads is my favest magazine ever.
I am ENVIOUS. I saw this book in Threads and if I had known there was a CONTEST to win one I would have ENTERED it! >grinds teeth< Serves me right; i am just going to have to come around to this site MORE OFTEN and make sure I don't MISS any more contests!
I have the book The art of Millinery" from the fin de siecle period, and that was fascinating; I expect THIS would be just as fascinating! I am sure there is useful information to be had from it, and so I would like to win a copy of this book!
I like ALL embroidery, period, but if I had to choose, my favourite has to be Indian and Central Asian embroidery. I much prefer working with a needle and thread than with a machine, but that being said, I have seen amazing machine work as well, and i certainly wouldn't turn down an embroidery machine if someone were to offer it to me! I am thinking it would be NICE to have something that could turn out a repeating pattern that I could then EMBELLISH by hand, thus getting further along than if I had to do everything by hand! (I also like to sew on beads and sequins and make fringes)
I have a linen sheet that belonged to Christian Dior, that has the most stunningly skillful white-on-white work; a monogram consisting of an intertwined CD with forget-me-nots and leaves, doe with some of the tiniest, most delicate french knots, it has to be seen to be appreciated!... plus the name "Dior" embroidered in tiny letters in colour on the corner, in a cross stitch so delicate you need a magnifying glass to see the little crosses! Somebody said of it that it "was French convent embroidery at its finest" And this was one of the least fancy of the sheet collection that this woman had (she told me she had been 'a personal friend")!
One sheet had a handmade lace edging over a FOOT wide, and another had a border of bright yellow sunflowers. She also had a banquet tablecloth edged in ecru cutwork; it was at least 18 feet long (possibly longer; this was thirty years ago that I saw it) and when I say "edged", I mean the (very elaborate) cutwork extended from the table edge right down to the floor, and it was ALL "convent-caliber"! Absolutely BREATHTAKING.
Making gloves. The article a year ago by John Koch really opened me up to making my own; i am having a BLAST doing so. There are LOTS of others, but THIS one stands out. I also like anything by Kenneth King and Anna Mazur. When i see one of THOSE articles, I know it's going to be GOOD.
I am VERY SAD to hear that a member of the "Threads family" has died...though I never met Fred, I certainly knew about her through my reading of Threads. It is a GREAT LOSS to us and to sewing in general, that Fred is no longer with us in body, but she will continue, no doubt, to be with us in spirit! Hail and farewell, Fred!
I think those things were called "panniers", weren't they? "Crinolines" did not come into use until about the 1800s, when developments in steel permitted it to be made into thin flexible strips.(I was just reading about crinolines yesterday, in a story about Empress Eugenie, in Marian Fowler's GREAT book "The Way She Looks Tonight") You could probably make them out of basketmaking materials, or hardware cloth and coat hangers.
And yes, I remember that movie. I thought Glenn Close and Uma Thurman were well cast in their roles, but Michelle Pfeiffer obviously had NO REAL IDEA how to wear those costumes; I recall a scene with her STRIDING along in the garden, her heavy skirts flailing and flopping about clumsily in every direction, while Glenn Close looked like she had been BORN to wear them!
When I win the lottery, I will be sure to sign up immediately! I have wanted to learn about the moulage technique for some time now...
Howcum they don't offer SLOPERS? It would be nice to have a PERFECTLY FITTED insta-sloper! And WHY do they offer only ONE boutique in Canada, AND out in NOVA SCOTIA, fer cry-sake! How about a nice MAJOR CENTRE like "Toronto", f'r instance? Y'know, the FASHION CAPITAL?
Love the jacket, hate the jeans. Is there anything MORE tacky than FAKE "distressing"? And your FLY looks UNDONE.
I hate to say it, but I too think this looks AWFUL. Cheap and tacky, like a bargain basement t-shirt trim.
Oh, and while all these clothes are BEAUTIFUL, the handwork on that white blouse is to DIE FOR.
Yes, I LOVE looking at "old details" on vintage clothing; so INSPIRING. The back of Threads is like "dessert" after reading everything inside; I always carefully dodge looking at it in my latest issue so as not to "ruin the surprise".
I once saw a Victorian dress form in an antique shop; it was WEIRD because it was wider from front to back than from side to side! Of course it was for a woman with a corseted waist! But it did look VERY odd, almost grotesque, like looking at native people with stretched lips or necks! It was also very TINY; the woman whose it was looked like she was about 4'9"-5'.
Mr. King, I LIKED your most recent article in Threads on fitting! But I must say ONE THING: it's NOT "hash marks"... it's "HATCH" marks! As in "crosshatching", a technique where lines are drawn vertically and horizontally to produce a gridlike pattern...sorry to be such a pedant, but that's just me....
So I made this flower, using the same size of strip as in the demo, but I used two-tone nylon organdy, that stuff you see kids' Disney princess dresses made out of-I LOVE that stuff, it's so pretty! I used a pink-and-gold colour.
Well, despite the fact that the strip was a bit wonky due to the fact that the material was sliding about everywhere when I tried to cut it(the downside of that material)the flower was GORGEOUS, and ridiculously EASY. I found a blanket stitch worked better than a whipstitch and curbed fraying better. One long edge had the selvage on it, which made an attractive outer edge on the flower. The inside edge displayed a tendency to want to pop out of the middle. One might want to "finish" both long edges before commencing to make this flower, depending on the material and the kind of wear it is likely to be subjected to.
Also, if you wanted to make it into a cuff for a blouse, the inside edge can be "box-pleated" and stitched to the inside circle; it "opens" the centre of the flower up some, and prevents the centre from everting itself. The design is only minimally affected, and not for the worse, as far as I can tell. Thabnk you for this clever idea, Mr. King!
I am definitely going to try it SOON, probably in my fave two-tone iridescent organza.. Trust the King to come up with something clever and so simple too.The cuff idea is BRILLIANT.
I recently encountered an odd little Singer brand "sewing machine" at a ReStore. It was vintage, looked "industrial", but wasn't very big; it was maybe a foot and a half across and would easily have fit on a tabletop,like a regular machine. It looked nothing like any sewing machine I'd ever seen however; the needle was HORIZONTAL, resting in a kind of "cradle", and it went from left to right. It was only because it had a needle and was a "Singer": that identified it as a sewing machine of some sort.The clerk had no idea what it was for, either. I will have to go back there with a camera; maybe it's still there and I can get a picture of it.
dear Sisters in Sewing:
I had some trouble with fitting and wrote to Mr Koch. Do you believe he got back to me in LESS than 24 hours and was VERY helpful?! I have posted the fitting instructions he passed along in "Gatherings" under "Need help with glove fitting".
As it turned out the problem was that the fingers were too short for me; I snipped the stitches at the tips of the fingers of my practice glove and pulled it into position on my hand, and other than the fingers, it fit FINE. I revamped the pattern and am now making a pair with corrected finger fit.
I will remark that one should take a GOOD LOOK at one's own hand and fingers, vis a vis the pattern fingers. I noticed that my forefinger and ring finger are only SLIGHTLY shorter than my middle finger, and you will notice the glove pattern forefinger is WAAAY shorter than the middle finger. No wonder the glove didn't fit! Also, John remarked that teeny-tiny size tweaks can make a BIG difference, so don't go TOO crazy about changing the length of the fingers!Small increments are better than BIG ones!
I also noticed that until the glove is more or less fully assembled, you can't really get an idea of how it is going to fit. Simply holding the pieces up against your fingers will not tell you anything about how it will fit when sewn together.
I might also mention that I made my gloves with the seams to the INSIDE. John said that a pattern with a tear-drop shaped gouch, instead of the English-style "bolton tongue" type is easier to sew this way, but I haven't had any problems, really! It was a bit of a trick though, to follow Threads article's instructions in reverse!
Cover A. I like the pink with the green; that's a colour combo I have always liked. But I really DON'T care about the COVER, just gimmee the MAGAZINE, ASAP! It's like Christmas Day, 6 times a year!
Dear All: I had trouble with fitting my gloves, so I tracked down John Koch at his website and asked him a few questions. Frankly, I didn't expect to hear from him, but I decided to try anyway...well not only did he get back to me inside of 24 hours, he had GOOD ADVICE to offer, and LOTS OF IT. He also offered to send me a NEW PATTERN with a diffent style of thumb, since I am making my gloves with the seams INSIDE.
I asked him if I could post his fitting advice here and he said sure! As it turned out, the problem was only with the FINGERS. Once I made them LONGER, the fitting problem went away! Also, one must note and allow for the proportions of one's own fingers relative to the pattern; f'r instance my forefinger and ring finger are only marginally SHORTER than my middle finger, but in the pattern,you can see how the forefinger is MUCH SHORTER than the middle finger! The glove will not "seat' properly on your hand if the fingers are too SHORT, or if ANY of them are too short!
Anyway, here is what he gave me:
"Thank you for your kind words. I will do what I can to help you with your dilemma. Often the problem with fit is either the fingers are too short, the thumb is too short or the gouch is improperly located. In adjusting a glove pattern it's the same as making a muslin before constructing a dress. It allows you to correct the fit first. To lengthen a finger or thumb I first draw the entire pattern on a piece of paper.
I then determine which finger(s) need to lengthened/shortened. Generally, I increase in 1/4" increments. Make a mark 1/4" above the finger(s) to be adjusted, slide the pattern up to meet the mark and re-draw the tip of the finger(s). Remove the pattern and blend the lines into the side of the original finger. Be sure to scratch out the old lines to avoid confusion and don't forget to adjust the opposing finger on the other side of this trank. To shorten, I try on the sample glove and pinch the tip to see how much to shorten. Don't forget to leave the seam allowance.
Say for example, you can pinch 5/16" excess. You would not shorten it 5/16" but rather 5/16" less 1/16" (or so) seam allowance or 4/16". Does this make any sense? It sounds as though you have already determined that the fingers are too short but in addition to that your thumb is located farther down on your hand. I would retrace the gouch approx. 3/8" lower to start, make a sample glove basting it together and try it on. From this adjustment you will see if any more corrections need be made. Often it's a trial and error effort.
Remember that in glovemaking you are dealing with minutiae. The smallest adjustment can bring about big changes. I'm sure there are people out there that could do all this mathematically, but I was self-taught and just learned the hard way. You learn a lot more. It may take you a few times but in the end you will have a great pattern. It becomes easier in time."
It's important to get started on "being yourself" earlier in life. If you leave it too long, people will attribute your 'new' attitude to "incipient Alzheimers".
Dave, I just bought your book on shirtmaking and I liked it very much; it was even good just as a read! The only thing you left out was how to make shirts for men with BIG BELLIES. Are there any tips you could share? Or does one merely widen the side seams a bit?
I just finished reading 'Yves St. Laurent; Images of Design". Now THAT was inspiration! I also read the book from the Metropolitan Museum, from which Threads took a lot of its back covers. GORGEOUS. I also like to look at my Erte books for ideas!
I am definitely going to look up "Secrets of the Couturiers"
The bust on this looks a little weird; are those bra cups I see showing through the lace? I agree it's a bit on the 'trashy' side; with all the lace I think it's overkill to ALSO have one's bosom on 3/4 display, but then "subtle sexiness" has long since gone the way of the dinosaur. I guess we should be thankful the bosom is covered AT ALL!
I hve also used fusible thread to keep gathers from shifting; that would probably work here, too. One would probably need a thin strip of cloth to cover the exposed thread and keep it from sticking to the iron. Just stitch a line of fusible thread along one edge of the strip before pleating, then after pleating, slip it part way out of the pleater and iron it to fuse everything together.
Yes, the design of the dress itself is beautiful and the belt is the perfect finish to a stunning creation!
Wow, BEAUTIFUL WORK! As a person who LOVES to do handwork, I can appreciate the amount of work such a project took, but as I say to anyone who says "How can you do something like that?' : "You just keep doing it till it's done!" "A journey of a thousand miles..." etc etc!
Gorgeous! You did an outstanding job!
EXTREMELY BEAUTIFUL;take a bow, TADELM 5140! Great pictures too; your daughter looks gorgeous!
Dear Mr King:
Thank you for this tutorial; I have been doing some work with nylon organza, and had been thinking about doing some pleated trim just like this so this info will come in handy. I also want to say that I REALLY REALLY enjoy all the articles you write for Threads; f'r instance I just LOVED the idea of the brocade lining in that green tweed jacket you made; I am inspired to make something similar! One of these days I am determined to attend one of your workshops at the Craft Show in Toronto!
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