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SLMillerStephani Miller, VA, US
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craft interests: fashion, restyle, sewing
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Member Since: 04/27/2011
If your fabric preparation or dyeing adventures end in disaster—dye bleeds or patchy saturation—the project doesn’t have to result in tears. Approach the solution creatively.
Online fabric shops stock lots of scuba knit fabric. Here are some great options!
Autumnal colors skew towards the bold, vibrant, and playful, led by blue rather than the more typical staid brown-based earth tones.
A heads-up on the sewing retreats, tours, classes, and expos for this fall and winter.
What does Threads do when an article technique doesn't pan out? We figure out why, find a replacement, and soldier on. But even techniques that we couldn’t make work might still offer solutions to other sewers.
There are several options for custom-manufactured or customizable dress forms for home sewers, and each has different features, different benefits, and different price points. Here's a brief overview.
Echoing the hues of sunrise, pale, clear pink Rose Quartz and soft, gentle blue Serenity create a calm, yet uplifting, color pairing for 2016.
The Sewcial, April 8-10,2016, is an exclusively fashion-focused sewing retreat designed to improve garment sewing skills.
Lasell College's Fashion department, the National Endowment for the Arts, and professional designers team up to create an online multimedia library of techniques in American fashion design.
Simplicity's new Premium On Demand Patterns service enables you to select popular out-of-print patterns from the brand's archive for custom printing on white paper.
The midi skirt was a notable element on fall/winter 2015-16 fashion runways and is a key player in the Modern 1970s trend that dominates the season's styles.
San Diego ASG member Rhoda Keegan received the American Sewing Guild's 2015 Spirit Award for her work with Operation Kid Comfort.
In the new season (series 900), It's Sew Easy's sewing experts lead viewers in a historical fashion journey through the 1900s with projects that show how fashion, fit, necklines, hemlines and accessories changed through times of war and economic ups and downs.
Don't miss these upcoming sewing and fashion-related events and exhibitions.
There will be a theatrical screening of the documentary "Men of the Cloth," which explores the vanishing craft of the tailor's trade, on May 20, 2015, in New York City.
The annual American Sewing Guild Conference this year takes place in San Diego, California, July 16-20, at the Town & Country Resort & Convention Center.
Joy Spanabel Emery's scholarly work "A History of the Paper Pattern Industry: The home dressmaking fashion revolution" delves into the complex history of the companies that built the home sewing pattern industry and the technological advances that made it all possible.
A new exhibition, "Inside Out," open now, reveals the hidden construction details of garments from the 18th to the 20th centuries.
It's still cold and snowy in many parts of North America, but at least we can look forward to fresh spring colors in our sewing.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute's spring 2015 exhibition focuses on the West’s fascination with the East.
Susan Khalje Couture Videos are designed for a range of skill levels and cover a variety of couture sewing techniques and garment types.
The 2015 Half-Scale Design Challenge will culminate at the American Sewing Expo, September 25-27, 2015, where the winners will be announced.
Join Joi Mahon, a.k.a. Designer Joi, for a mini sewing conference and expo in Sioux City, Iowa.
The Curvy Sewing Collective is on a mission to raise the visibility of plus-size and curve-endowed sewers in the sewing community, while celebrating the confidence sewing can give curvy women.
SVP's The Sewing Party--the first online DIY educational event--on November 8 features more than 30 interactive video classes taught by some of the top bloggers and educators in the sewing and crafting world, including McCall's pattern designer Melissa Watson.
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.
The Innovation Generation competition at the American Sewing Expo challenges sewers age 8 to 18 to hone their skills and express themselves creatively.
The American Sewing Expo took place September 25 – 28 in Novi, Michigan. Threads reports on the winners of the Passion for Fashion Competition.
September is National Sewing Month, and it's the perfect opportunity to share your love of sewing and its therapeutic benefits with others.
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.
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.
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.
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' 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.
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.
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.
Hurry to the fabulous fashion exhibition, "Dior & More," closing May 24.
Enter "Fashion Icons through the Ages," Joi Mahon's 1/2-scale Design Challenge--there's still time!
Spring's color palette revolves around a modern blend of pastels, soft neutrals, and bold hues.
We attended the 2014 Sewing & Stitchery Expo in Puyallup, Washington, and share a brief recap of some of our experiences.
Get to know SewGreen, a not-for-profit, largely volunteer-based reuse and community education program in Ithaca, New York.
New Zealand-based fabric retailer The Fabric Store has recently opened a U.S. flagship store in Los Angeles, California.
Love sewing and textiles? Love listening to interesting people discuss sewing and textiles? Check out Thread Cult's podcasts!
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.
Now's the time to start planning your sewing getaways and skill-building adventures for the coming year.
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.
Do you make resolutions, set goals, or create a plan for each year's sewing?
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 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.
The Public Television sewing show, It's Sew Easy, will begin airing its sixth season starting December 26, featuring several Threads authors.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Designers drew on a unisex color palette for fall 2013 fashions. Pantone shares the top 10 fall colors for women and men.
The 2014 focus of the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York will be famed designer Charles James.
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!
The Association of Sewing and Design Professionals will launch a voluntary certification program in October aimed at alterations professionals.
Three Palmer/Pletsch satellite locations--Seattle, Kalamazoo, and Philadelphia--have been established to expand the school's reach.
It's easier than you think to transform a digital image into yardage.
Curate your fabric stash, patterns, and projects on-the-go with Sewing Kit HD for iPhone/iPad.
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.
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 of America held a Pinterest-based fabric design contest for aspiring fabric designers, and the winners have been selected.
If you're attending the American Sewing Expo in September, why not enter one of the show's contests?
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.
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.
Learn how to create three different neckline finishes for a unique look.
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.
Check out the creative winning garments made for the Independent Pattern Company Alliance’s 2013 Ticket to Paradise sewing contest!
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Metropolitan Museum Costume Institute's spring 2013 exhibition will focus on punk fashion.
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!
The 2013 Sewing & Stitchery Expo is just one month away: Feb. 28-March 3. Threads will be there--will you?
Decorate zipper pulls with chain, suede, or leather tassels.
The Antique Pattern Library is an online archive of needlework, sewing, and other craft books from the past 200 years.
How will contestants pull through the first all team-challenge season? Find out January 24!
Emerald green, the 2013 Color of the Year, is popping up in everything from fashion runways to fabric stores.
Electronically downloadable patterns: yay or nay?
Rid yourself of bad sewing habits, and try these best practices for improved results.
Have you jumped on the Pinterest bandwagon?
If you've inherited an antique sewing machine, how can you identify the model and the mystery parts left in its drawers?
If you're having trouble identifying a fabric , turn to the Vintage Fashion Guild's Fabric Resource for help.
What are you sewing this holiday season?
Minneapolis' Textile Center offers tremendous educational resources for sewers, fiber artists, quilters, knitters, dyers, and other textile and needle-work aficionados.
The Powerhouse Museum in Sydney, Australia has recently launched an online database containing images of fashionable fabric designs from swatchbooks in its archives.
The Independent Pattern Company Alliance's 2013 fashion sewing competition “Ticket to Paradise” is accepting entries from now through January 25, 2013.
Which word best describes you as a person who sews?
The Association of Sewing & Design Professionals bestowed its Lifetime Achievement Award on Janet Pray during the ASDP conference in Novi.
Fashion designers used a balanced color palette in their spring 2013 collections.
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.
The prototype for a sewing machine concept called Alto is beautiful and incorporates several operational innovations to make learning to sew easier for beginners.
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.
Are you a wiz at sewing wool? The Make It With Wool competition celebrates sewers like you.
At the American Sewing Guild's annual conference in Houston last week, Claire Shaeffer received its Hall of Fame award.
Find out how to shift garment openings and create new ones for exposed zippers in this SewStylish web extra.
It's easier than you think to sew bras that fit.
Meet Sue: an industrial designer's freshly engineered re-imagining of the home sewing machine.
Portland Sewing offers apparel design and business certificate programs.
The newly refurbished e-museum features nearly twice its previous number of fashion objects.
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.
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.
Online sewing communities are growing, so you have more options for socializing and sharing information with other like-minded sewers.
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.
Your Wardrobe Unlock'd is a treasure trove for anyone interested in making historically accurate garments.
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.
You can now take a virtual tour of the garments included in this exhibit online.
Enter your home decorating projects sewn from upcycled materials in Bernina's second WeAllSew Challenge.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
"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.
Threads will be at the Sewing & Stitchery Expo in Puyallup, Washington, March 1-4 — will you?
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.
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.
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.
Help the Vintage Pattern Lending Library test La Mode Illustrée patterns from 1912 for the upcoming 100-year anniversary of the sinking of Titanic.
Fashion designer Angela Wolf offers tips for transforming your garments and fabrics with dyes.
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!
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!
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!
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 members around the world will gather both online and face-to-face on November 19 for PR Day.
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.
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.
Wickedly creative, that is! Halloween is less than 1 week away, but there’s still plenty of time to enter our Halloween Costume Contest.
Even the smallest bad sewing habits can make it harder to get great results. Is time management the real culprit?
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.
Maybe you missed the end of September, but it’s October now. And that means only one thing: Halloween!
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!
The Independent Pattern Company Alliance is sponsoring a fashion sewing competition themed “Midnight Magic.”
Jo-Ann’s store app—which now works for Android phones, as well as iPhone—lets you save and organize coupons.
A new collection of recipes from ASG chapter members might be just the thing to help keep guests energized at your next sewing gathering.
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.
Here’s how to make an easy skirt from serger-tucked fabric
Satisfy all your sewing and crafting cravings at the American Sewing Expo, September 23-25!
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.
The AccuQuilt GO! Fabric Cutter looks like a handy way to cut multiples of fabric shapes fast.
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.
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.
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.
Tailoring expert Joyce Murphy creates custom pants patterns for small groups of sewers around the country, traveling where she’s needed on request.
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!
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.
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?
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.
Don't miss the ASG's annual conference in August as it takes to the fashion capital of the West Coast: Los Angeles!
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.
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.