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SLMiller

Stephani Miller, CT, US
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craft interests: fashion, restyle, sewing

Member Since: 04/27/2011

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2014 1/2 Scale Design Challenge Winners Announced at ASE

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.

Young Sewers Win at ASE 2014

The Innovation Generation competition at the American Sewing Expo challenges sewers age 8 to 18 to hone their skills and express themselves creatively.

Congratulations to the 2014 ASE Passion for Fashion Winners

The American Sewing Expo took place September 25 – 28 in Novi, Michigan. Threads reports on the winners of the Passion for Fashion Competition.

National Sewing Month is here again!

September is National Sewing Month, and it's the perfect opportunity to share your love of sewing and its therapeutic benefits with others.

Fall 2014 Color Trends Abandon Typical Palette

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.

ASG Honors Louise Cutting

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.

Dritz.com Gets a Makeover

It's time to revisit this sewing notions company's website, because Dritz/Prym recently relaunched Dritz.com with a spiffy new design that's easier to navigate, browse, and search.

Virtual Textile Project Preserves Fabric History

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.

Threads Visits NYC

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.

Book Review: The Lost Art of Dress

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.

Downton Abbey Costumes at Winterthur and Biltmore

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.

Fashion Exhibition at the Western Reserve Historical Society

Hurry to the fabulous fashion exhibition, "Dior & More," closing May 24.

Half-scale Design Competition for ASE 2014

Enter "Fashion Icons through the Ages," Joi Mahon's 1/2-scale Design Challenge--there's still time!

Unconventional Color Palette for Spring 2014

Spring's color palette revolves around a modern blend of pastels, soft neutrals, and bold hues.

A Recap of SewExpo 2014

We attended the 2014 Sewing & Stitchery Expo in Puyallup, Washington, and share a brief recap of some of our experiences.

SewGreen Helps Youth Build Skills and Success

Get to know SewGreen, a not-for-profit, largely volunteer-based reuse and community education program in Ithaca, New York.

The Fabric Store Opens Shop in L.A.

New Zealand-based fabric retailer The Fabric Store has recently opened a U.S. flagship store in Los Angeles, California.

Listen to Thread Cult

Love sewing and textiles? Love listening to interesting people discuss sewing and textiles? Check out Thread Cult's podcasts!

Pattern Correction for issue #171

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.

Sewing Workshops and Retreats in 2014

Now's the time to start planning your sewing getaways and skill-building adventures for the coming year.

New fashion industry-oriented online education

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.

Sewing Resolutions

Do you make resolutions, set goals, or create a plan for each year's sewing?

Color of the Year 2014: Radiant Orchid

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.

The Great British Sewing Bee Returns

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.

It's Sew Easy Series 600 Airs Dec. 26

The Public Television sewing show, It's Sew Easy, will begin airing its sixth season starting December 26, featuring several Threads authors.

Weaving a Path to Self-Sufficiency

Weaving Destination, a weaving collective in Northeast India, produces unique hand-woven textiles that are now available for purchase through an online shop at Etsy.com/shop/WeavingDestination--all because of a chance meeting of two like-minded individuals.

Get Your Rock Star On for the IPCA's 2014 Sewing Contest

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.

Play with Fashion Design

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!

ASDP Honors Kenneth D. King

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.

A Passion for Fashion

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.

Top 10 Fall Fashion Colors

Designers drew on a unisex color palette for fall 2013 fashions. Pantone shares the top 10 fall colors for women and men.

Charles James at the Met's Costume Institute

The 2014 focus of the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York will be famed designer Charles James.

Celebrate National Sewing Month

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!

ASDP Master Alterations Specialist Certification

The Association of Sewing and Design Professionals will launch a voluntary certification program in October aimed at alterations professionals.

Palmer/Pletsch Launches Satellite Locations

Three Palmer/Pletsch satellite locations--Seattle, Kalamazoo, and Philadelphia--have been established to expand the school's reach.

How to Create Custom Fabric Prints

It's easier than you think to transform a digital image into yardage.

An App to Track Your Sewing Projects

Curate your fabric stash, patterns, and projects on-the-go with Sewing Kit HD for iPhone/iPad.

Watch How to Make a Lace Top on Its Sew Easy

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.

Watch Bra Making Basics on Its Sew Easy

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.

Bernina Announces Fabric Design Contest Winners

Bernina of America held a Pinterest-based fabric design contest for aspiring fabric designers, and the winners have been selected.

American Sewing Expo's 2013 Contests Open for Entry

If you're attending the American Sewing Expo in September, why not enter one of the show's contests?

Sewing Rooms in Shelters Offer Hope

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.

Finding Fabric Shops in Paris

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.

Get Creative with Edge Finishes on Your Twist Top

In this web extra, learn how to create three different neckline finishes for the "Twist Top" from Threads #167 (June/July 2013).

A Certification Program for Custom Clothiers

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.

IPCA Ticket to Paradise Contest Winners Chosen

Check out the creative winning garments made for the Independent Pattern Company Alliance’s 2013 Ticket to Paradise sewing contest!

Interactive Media Meets Embroidery

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.

Designers Create Garments for Amy Butler Trunk Show

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.

Congratulations on 50 Years, Haute Couture Club of Chicago!

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.

What to do with a Sari

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.

Costume Institute's Spring 2013 Exhibition Explores Punk Fashion

The Metropolitan Museum Costume Institute's spring 2013 exhibition will focus on punk fashion.

Sewing Getaways in 2013

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!

Who's Going to the Sewing & Stitchery Expo?

The 2013 Sewing & Stitchery Expo is just one month away: Feb. 28-March 3. Threads will be there--will you?

Add Zipper-Pull Tassels to a Portfolio Clutch Bag

Decorate zipper pulls with chain, suede, or leather tassels.

Antique Needle Arts Patterns

The Antique Pattern Library is an online archive of needlework, sewing, and other craft books from the past 200 years.

Designers Announced for Project Runway Season 11

How will contestants pull through the first all team-challenge season? Find out January 24!

Rich, Regenerating Emerald Green

Emerald green, the 2013 Color of the Year, is popping up in everything from fashion runways to fabric stores.

Print Patterns at Home

Electronically downloadable patterns: yay or nay?

10 Better Sewing Habits

Rid yourself of bad sewing habits, and try these best practices for improved results.

Pinterest for Sewing Projects

Have you jumped on the Pinterest bandwagon?

Identifying Vintage Sewing Machines

If you've inherited an antique sewing machine, how can you identify the model and the mystery parts left in its drawers?

Got a Mystery Fabric?

If you're having trouble identifying a fabric , turn to the Vintage Fashion Guild's Fabric Resource for help.

Gift sewing for the holidays

What are you sewing this holiday season?

Explore the Textile Center of Minnesota

Minneapolis' Textile Center offers tremendous educational resources for sewers, fiber artists, quilters, knitters, dyers, and other textile and needle-work aficionados.

Antique Fabric Swatches Online

The Powerhouse Museum in Sydney, Australia has recently launched an online database containing images of fashionable fabric designs from swatchbooks in its archives.

Sew Your Own Paradise

The Independent Pattern Company Alliance's 2013 fashion sewing competition “Ticket to Paradise” is accepting entries from now through January 25, 2013.

Sewer vs. Sewist

Which word best describes you as a person who sews?

Janet Pray Honored for Lifetime Achievement

The Association of Sewing & Design Professionals bestowed its Lifetime Achievement Award on Janet Pray during the ASDP conference in Novi.

The Colors of Spring 2013

Fashion designers used a balanced color palette in their spring 2013 collections.

"Sewing With Nancy" Celebrates 30 Years

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.

Another sewing machine design concept

The prototype for a sewing machine concept called Alto is beautiful and incorporates several operational innovations to make learning to sew easier for beginners.

Independent Pattern Companies

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.

Make It With Wool and Win

Are you a wiz at sewing wool? The Make It With Wool competition celebrates sewers like you.

ASG Honors Claire Shaeffer

At the American Sewing Guild's annual conference in Houston last week, Claire Shaeffer received its Hall of Fame award.

Move a Zipper's Location

Find out how to shift garment openings and create new ones for exposed zippers in this SewStylish web extra.

How to Sew a Bra

It's easier than you think to sew bras that fit.

A New Sewing Machine Concept

Meet Sue: an industrial designer's freshly engineered re-imagining of the home sewing machine.

Study Apparel Business at Portland Sewing

Portland Sewing offers apparel design and business certificate programs.

FIT Museum Relaunches its Online Collections

The newly refurbished e-museum features nearly twice its previous number of fashion objects.

Scholastic Awards Include Fashion Design

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.

American Sewing Expo 2012 Contests Announced

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.

Join a Sewing Community--Online!

Online sewing communities are growing, so you have more options for socializing and sharing information with other like-minded sewers.

A Sewing Exhibition on the Fly

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.

Unlocking the Mysteries of Historical Costume

Your Wardrobe Unlock'd is a treasure trove for anyone interested in making historically accurate garments.

A Celebration of Textiles

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.

Explore the Golden Age of Couture Online

You can now take a virtual tour of the garments included in this exhibit online.

Bernina Challenges Sewers to Upcycle

Enter your home decorating projects sewn from upcycled materials in Bernina's second WeAllSew Challenge.

Midnight Magic Contest Finalists Announced

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!

Explore the Fashions of Titanic's Passengers

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.

Watch It's Sew Easy Online

The sewing show It's Sew Easy will begin airing episodes on ItsSewEasyTV.com starting March 30. Each episode will only be available for one week.

Drawing Designs on Fabric

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!

Get Sewing Deals at Stitch Social

You can get discounts on patterns, fabrics, trims, instructional books and DVDs/CDs, notions, and project kits at StitchSocial.com while the deals and supplies last.

Discover Fashion's Impact

"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.

The Sewing & Stitchery Expo is Just One Month Away

Threads will be at the Sewing & Stitchery Expo in Puyallup, Washington, March 1-4 — will you?

Clothing History from Afar

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.

New Life for Used Sewing Machines

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.

2012 Sewing and Fashion Events and Workshops

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.

Sew Vintage with The 1912 Project

Help the Vintage Pattern Lending Library test La Mode Illustrée patterns from 1912 for the upcoming 100-year anniversary of the sinking of Titanic.

Color Correction

Fashion designer Angela Wolf offers tips for transforming your garments and fabrics with dyes.

Great Gift Ideas for Sewers

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!

Palmer/Pletsch is Holding a Contest

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!

Calling fiber arts students!

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!

Chanel in Charlotte

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.

PatternReview.com Turns Ten!

PatternReview.com members around the world will gather both online and face-to-face on November 19 for PR Day.

New Fashion Design Degree Program Launches

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.

Smitten with Mittens

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.

Something Wicked This Way Comes ...

Wickedly creative, that is! Halloween is less than 1 week away, but there’s still plenty of time to enter our Halloween Costume Contest.

Bad Sewing Habits

Even the smallest bad sewing habits can make it harder to get great results. Is time management the real culprit?

A Fashionable App

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.

Time to Sew for Halloween!

Maybe you missed the end of September, but it’s October now. And that means only one thing: Halloween!

Pack Your Sewing Projects and Go

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!

Make Magic with Your Sewing Machine

The Independent Pattern Company Alliance is sponsoring a fashion sewing competition themed “Midnight Magic.”

Coupons On The Go

Jo-Ann’s store app—which now works for Android phones, as well as iPhone—lets you save and organize coupons.

Getting Together to Sew and Eat?

A new collection of recipes from ASG chapter members might be just the thing to help keep guests energized at your next sewing gathering.

ASG Names its 2011 Sewing Hall of Fame Honoree

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.

Whip Up a Super-Simple Tucked Skirt

Here’s how to make an easy skirt from serger-tucked fabric

The American Sewing Expo Offers a Myriad of Learning Opportunities

Satisfy all your sewing and crafting cravings at the American Sewing Expo, September 23-25!

Turning Pillowcases Into Dresses

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.

Quick Cuts for Applique and Quilting

The AccuQuilt GO! Fabric Cutter looks like a handy way to cut multiples of fabric shapes fast.

London Exhibition on the Fashion of Fanny Brawne

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.

Fun Summer Totes

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.

Sewing UFOs

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.

Custom Pants Pattern Workshops at Your Request

Tailoring expert Joyce Murphy creates custom pants patterns for small groups of sewers around the country, traveling where she’s needed on request.

Sewing for Fashion--and Awards

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!

Elna Sewing Machine Recalled

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.

Color Coordination

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?

Favorite Sewing Blogs and Websites

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.

American Sewing Guild Members Converge on L.A. in August

Don't miss the ASG's annual conference in August as it takes to the fashion capital of the West Coast: Los Angeles!

Makers of All Stripes Come Together

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.

Playing Dress Up at The 2011 Costume Institute Gala

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.


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Re: National Sewing Month is here again!

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Please post your comment to be eligible to win the Threads subscription under this blog post: http://www.threadsmagazine.com/item/38409/enter-the-2014-national-sewing-month-giveaway
You can enter until Sept. 30!

Re: Half-scale Design Competition for ASE 2014

electricangel: The prizes had not yet been announced at the time of reporting. However, I'm sure that Joi Mahon will update her website or the challenge videos website with that news once the prizes have been determined.

Re: An App to Track Your Sewing Projects

If you're interested in this app for Android devices or for devices running on other operating systems, I suggest that you contact the app's developer, Vesta Software (www.vestasoftware.com), and let them know. Currently, the developer is not planning an Android-compatible version because so few requests for it have been received, but if you let them know that there is more demand for it, perhaps they'll add an Android app to their development schedule.

Re: Watch Bra Making Basics on Its Sew Easy

The article and this segment of It's Sew Easy are called "Bra Making BASICS"--that means it's only intended as an introduction to bra making. That means it covers the most basic techniques, methods, and styles of bras, and does not cover special needs or all the many different variations in style and fit that are possible. That would be far too much to cover in a single article/show segment, especially one aimed at the basics of making bras.
It's not true for everyone that if you can wear the styles shown in the article or show segment that you can simply go to a store and find a size to fit you perfectly. Sure, some people can. But many women do not fit into the standard sizes offered by retailers, and for a truly custom fit in a bra, making your own is the ONLY option. The whole point of making your own bras is that achieving a perfect fit results in a bra that doesn't hurt to wear, whether it's underwire or not.
Future articles in Threads on bra making are more likely to focus on more difficult fitting needs and style preferences, now that we've covered the basics.
Sewantique: Unfortunately, after the one week free viewing provided on ItsSewEasyTV.com, there is no way to view this episode unless you purchase the series 300 DVD.

Re: Get Creative with Edge Finishes on Your Twist Top

rosestargold: there is no pattern for this project. The article printed in issue #167 shows you how to alter a basic T-shirt pattern to create this garment. Any T-shirt pattern will do!

Re: Finding Fabric Shops in Paris

There are indeed many many many more fabric shops in Paris! However, Susan Khalje's article in Threads no. 167 focused on her favorite shops, where she finds the richest selection of high-end fabrics.

Re: Get Creative with Edge Finishes on Your Twist Top

Everyone, we've updated the technique to provide more detailed explanation. I hope this helps.
The degree of finish you give the twist top depends entirely on your personal preference.
I've actually made a few versions of this top already for my mother and my grandmother, both of whom are rather pear-shaped, and they look fantastic on both! My mother wears a wide belt high on her hipline with her twist top. Strangely, it does not over-emphasize her hips.
You can also reduce the amount of fullness given to the front twist/drape detail when you alter the pattern. Adding less length to the front and back pattern pieces creates a closer-fitting drape; adding more length to the pattern creates more voluminous drape.

Re: A Certification Program for Custom Clothiers

As a side note, most professional organizations/trade associations have similar certification programs and educational requirements for their membership--although many of them are requirements of continued membership and the legal right to claim a specific professional status within the trade and do business as such. The ASDP plans to eventually remove the MSDP certification from its management, so the program will become independent of the trade group--as has happened in several other industries, as well.

Re: Designers Create Garments for Amy Butler Trunk Show

Wow, it seems very few readers like bright colors and wild prints. It's perfectly understandable that such a cacophony of color and print isn't to everyone's taste.
However, please do keep in mind that Threads did not produce this collection, although some of our frequent contributors participated. The collection was commissioned and produced solely by Rowan Fabrics for Amy Butler. This blog is where we post a wide variety of news, information, and sewing techniques.
Having handled the fabrics in the collection myself, I can say that they are very lovely in person, have a wonderful hand and drape, and are of good quality.

Re: What to do with a Sari

BLoves2Sew: I hope you enjoy your saris!
I haven't washed mine yet, but as they are all silk, I intend to hand wash them in cold water with baby shampoo. It should get rid of the dusty/smokey smell, and baby shampoo is what I use to wash all my silks since silk is a protein fiber--like hair!
I have no idea whether there will be any color fading or dye running, but as these saris were probably worn more than once and washed, I think it's likely that there will be no dye running. I suggest testing a small section of one of your saris first with cold water and baby shampoo, swirl it around, let the suds run through the fibers, and then rinse, press it between the folds of a towel, and allow it to air dry. I usually only see color running from fresh-off-the-bolt silks in dark colors.
Best of luck--and please post an update about your results. I will, too!

Re: Identifying Vintage Sewing Machines

cloff: Thank you for clearing that up for me!

Re: Identifying Vintage Sewing Machines

Agapantha: Thanks so much for the link--very interesting and helpful website! I encourage you to locate the serial number on your Singer and go to the Singer anniversary website to find its date of manufacture. You'll be able to download a certificate to authenticate its age. Not that that increases its value in the least...But it's fun!

Re: Independent Pattern Companies

Wow, thank you everyone for leaving your pattern companies' names and web addresses. We searched for as many as we could find, and were amazed at the numbers. But obviously many just weren't on our radar or didn't come up in searches. It's even more amazing to see so many more companies coming out of the woodwork!
Your pattern companies will be added to the list as soon as possible.
Keep 'em coming!

Re: Independent Pattern Companies

Thanks for the updates, everyone. Your pattern companies have been added to the list. We tried to include everyone at the outset, but many of you just weren't on our radar. You are now!

Re: A New Sewing Machine Concept

Wow! Lots of opinions on "Sue" from Threads readers. She's a very interesting concept. It's too bad James only made a non-functioning prototype for his design project.
I was in an Ikea store recently and saw that company's basic sewing machine offering, and I was disappointed because Ikea usually has such great design as well as great functionality. But their sewing machine was boxy and quite dated looking and appeared only to provide a few basic stitches. I would expect something a lot more like "Sue" from Ikea.

Re: Explore the Golden Age of Couture Online

Update: I've just learned from the V&A's digital content team that the Golden Age of Couture microsite will be retired soon, because it was built on a technology that is no longer supported. They'll be redistributing the information to the rest of the V&A's online fashion pages, but very soon it will no longer exist in its current form. Visit while you can!
On another note: The Victorian and Edwardian eras are referred to as "The Golden Age"; but that is not at all a reference to the fashions of the time.

Re: A Sewing Exhibition on the Fly

Wow, thanks for sharing your experiences, everyone! I agree, it would be great if this exhibit were moved to a more traditional museum once it's finished at the airport's museum. It is unusual to have an exhibit in an airport terminal, but this has become somewhat common around the country at some of the larger airports. Call it cultural pretension if you will, but I think it's a fantastic idea. Airports can be so boring and lifeless; an interesting exhibit like this one offers a little distraction from the stress of waiting for a flight. So long as you don't miss your flight!

Re: The Construction of Bras

You may be interested to check out Threads' February/March 2012 issue, which has an article on bra making and lists lots of resources for information and materials.

Re: Sew Vintage with The 1912 Project

Everyone--you must contact the Vintage Pattern Lending Library to participate: visit http://vpll.wordpress.com/2011/11/24/the-1912-project/ or email the VPLL at vpll.librarian@gmail.com

Re: Sew Vintage with The 1912 Project

For those interested in participating in the pattern testing, be sure to contact the Vintage Pattern Lending Library directly!

Re: Palmer/Pletsch is Holding a Contest

Thanks for sharing, Cennetta! I'm sure they'd love to see your PP pattern renditions entered!

Re: Chanel in Charlotte

Leigh, that is excellent news! Thank you so much for sharing--I will update the post with the new ending date.

Re: Corsets from the Hardware Store!

Great to see this here, Kenneth! I've been contemplating using electrical ties instead of the more expensive steel bones I'm used to for some planned costume bodices, but I just haven't taken the leap. The thing I find most promising about them, from what I've read on various costumers' blogs, is that body heat won't soften the ties and shape them to the wearer's form (bulges, curves, etc.)--they'll retain their firmness, unlike regular plastic boning.

Re: Sewing for Fashion--and Awards

It is my understanding that entrants do indeed need to be present for the fashion show, although you may have someone else model your garment(s). The fashion show is for attendees of the conference. But you may want to contact the ASG Fashion Show coordinator with your question. Her contact information is available on the entry form.

Re: Favorite Sewing Blogs and Websites

Thanks for sharing, SarahbelleSews!

Re: Favorite Sewing Blogs and Websites

Thank you for the web address hint, Laurie. You can indeed type in www.sewing.patternreview.com, however, if you just type in www.patternreview.com, your browser will automatically direct itself to the other URL. I've never had an issue pulling up the site by typing in the second URL. PatternReview must own both.