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Nicole Smith, Brooklyn, New York


My name is Nicole, and I am an editor at Threads and SewStylish magazines. Im originally from Texas, but currently live in Brooklyn, New York.

After moving to the Big Apple, I had the lovely pleasure of working for several publications including Seventeen, Teen People, Cutting Edge, and Adorn. My work has also been featured in several publications including Adorn, Knit.1, BUST and other books and magazines.

My first book, Fashion DIY (Sixth & Spring Books 2007), and my second book, Dorm Decor (Chronicle Books, 2009), are both available on

My personal blog is at

craft interests: crochet, embroidery, fashion, gifts, paper-crafts, quilting, restyle, sewing

Gender: Female

Member Since: 11/20/2008

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How to Sew a Bias Top

Create a bias topper from two squares of fabric.

How to Create Your Own Eyelet Pattern

Unleash your inner artist with cotton fabric and Fiber-Etch

How to Sew an Easy Shrug

Create this simple shrug in less than an hour.

How to Sew a Rosette Necklace

Accessorize your neckline with a sewn rosette necklace made from fabric, chains, and encased sequins.

How to Make a Cutout Felt Beret

Learn how to layer colors for contrast with this unique cutout beret.

How to Sew a Reversible Stole

Nicole Smith shows you how to make a designer-inspired reversible stole.

How to Make a Faux-Fur Necklace

Glamorous textures mix in this fabulous accessory.

Embellish with Handmade Stamps

Rev up blah fabric with stamps you create.

Applique with a Bold Motif

Make a statement with oversized embellishments.

New McCall's Patterns

The holidays are almost here. Start sewing for the season with the new collection from McCall's.

New Amy Butler Patterns

Check out these two brand new patterns from the great fabric designer, Amy Butler for options for you and your home.

Paris Made By Hand

When traveling, look to this series of books to help you find the best from local artisans.

Project Runway: Season 8 - Finale Part 1

The judges have picked the final three. Find out who is heading to the finale and Fashion Week.

Project Runway: We're in a New York State of Mind

The final four have been chosen. Share who you thought should have made the cut.

Project Runway, Season 8, Episode 11 Recap

This week the designers were to use Heidi Klum as their client. At the beginning of the episode she presented a few pieces from her collection for New Balance and challenged them to make a companion...

Modern Smocking Lozenge Pattern

Use this traditional technique in a new way to update your designs.

Project Runway: There's a Pattern Here

This week the designers were challenged to create their own textile patterns inspired by their personal experiences making for a very emotional episode.

Project Runway: A Rough Day on the Runway

This week the designers looked to Jacqueline Kennedy as their muse to create All-American sportswear.

New Fall 2010 Patterns By Butterick

Check out the newest patterns from Butterick for the perfect pieces to help you transition into fall this season.

How to Make an Embroidered Pillow

Discover this adorable project by Alicia Paulson from her new book Embroidery Companion.

Bernina Introduces Personalized Skins for Activa Machines

Put your own personal stamp on your Bernina Activa machine with removable skins.

Project Runway Season 8, Episode 2 Recap

The designers are challenged to create a look fit for a Times Square billboard.

Les Fabriques Project Challenge

Enter this amazing fashion design challenge with Les Fabriques for a chance to win great prizes.

Project Runway - And Sew it Begins

Tim, Heidi, Nina, and Michael are all back with 17 designers for the new season on Lifetime.

New Designer Ruby Machine from Viking

Check out this amazing new embroidery machine from Husqvarna Viking, released this week.

Friday Etsy Round Up: Bicycle Crafts

It's summer and all I seem to want to do is ride a bike through Prospect Park, so here's a roundup of items on Etsy with bicycle themes.

How to Make a Needle Case

Check out this tutorial by Kelly Lee-Creel for a quick-to-make home for your needles.

How to Make a Hawaiian-Style Floor Pillow

Molly at the Purl Bee created this great tutorial on how to make applique floor cushions.

Friday Etsy Round Up: Pincushions

Check out these handmade versions by Etsy sellers for a cute take on this sewing must-have.

New Cynthia Rowley Trims at

For chic new ideas for embellishing garments, decor, and more, look to Rowley's new trim collection exclusively for Simplicity.

How to Make a Stylish Summer Dress

Check out this tutorial by fabric designer Anna Maria Horner for an easy new summer dress.

Etsy Friday Roundup - Alexen

Check out the amazing felted pieces by CraftStylish member Alexen.

Get Your Body Scanned for the Perfect Fit

Check out the latest in retail shopping with Unique Body Print body scans and personalized clothing.

Friday Etsy Roundup: White Owl and Necessity is the Mother

Check out this week's collection of items from two of our favorite Etsy sellers.

Fall 2010 Collection From McCall's

Check out the newest patterns from McCall's to get a jump start on fall fashions

Friday Etsy Roundup: Handsome & Lace, maranon, and Coo Koo Ri Koo

Each Friday we take a look at some of our favorite shops on Etsy. Check out the shops of our three featured shops this week.

Video: The Sewing Machine Serenaded On Screen

Check out this charming video of Betty Hutton singing about her sewing machine in The Perils of Pauline

Help Choose the Next SewStylish Cover!

Vote on which cover you want to see on the newsstands this Fall.

Simplicity's Inspired by Project Runway Pattern Design Contest

Enter your designs for a chance to win prizes and have your pattern developed by Simplicity

Embroider-It-Yourself Fendi Bag

For those of you who want a designer handbag, one thousand bucks to spare, but also love putting a creative spin on what you wear, check out Fendi's new bag.

Friday Etsy Roundup: Moxie Doll, KC Soaps n More, and Nadinoo

Each Friday we take a look at some of our favorite shops on Etsy. Check out the shops of our three featured shops this week.

New Raincoat Patterns by Amy Butler

Check out the newest patterns by fabric designer Amy Butler

21 Days 21 Dresses

Check out Melissa Caringer's site documenting her pledge to make 21 dresses in 21 days.

New Summer '10 Butterick Patterns

Check out the new patterns from Butterick for summer 2010.

Friday Etsy Roundup: Cosas Minimas, Fuori Borgo, and drika.b

Check out these three shops for new handbags, crocheted jewelry, and printed items.

New patterns from New Look

The Summer 2010 catalog of New Look patterns is now available.

Friday Etsy Roundup: Dutch Door Press, The Pin Pals, and Be Something New

This week check out the lovely paper goods from Dutch Door Press, the amazingly cross-stitched pieces by The Pin Pals, and the beautiful hair accessories by Be Something New.

Add a Blast of Color with Fabric Spray Paint

Master one of these painting techniques and get creative with your plain fabrics to create amazing garments.

New Summer 2010 McCall's Patterns

Check out the newest collection of patterns from McCall's.

Video: How to Make Your Own Prints and Patterns

Watch this segement from the Today show highlighting how to create your own prints like in the SewStylish Spring 2010 issue.

Cinematic Costume Design Makes for Great Inspiration

Check out this scene from Dangerous Liaisons featuring some of the most gorgeous historic garments in cinema.

Friday Etsy Roundup: Fink, Supayana, ES One of One, MonkeyPoo & Nervous System

Check out a few of my favorite Etsy shops and see how to enter your shop for a chance to be featured on our homepage.

New Kwik Sew Patterns

Head to your local fabric store or the Kwik Sew website to check out the new season's collection of Kwik Sew patterns.

A Sewing Kit Fit for a King (or Queen)

Check out this historic 18-karat gold sewing kit for auction at Christie's New York.

Video: Recycled Gum Wrapper Prom Dress

See how one high school student transformed recycled goods into her prom dress.

Free Twinkle Sews Dress Pattern

Download this free project from Wenlan Chia's newest book, Twinkle Sews.

Spring Cleaning for Your Fabric Stash

Get your fabric stash in order with supplies from the comic-book store.

SewStylish Spring 2010 is here!

The Spring '10 SewStylish hits newsstands today! Check out this latest issue for sewing and fashion tips and techniques from the pros.

Check out SewStylish Spring 2010!

Look for the new SewStylish issue on newsstands next week and for pre-order now!

New Patterns for the Season

Get ready for the summer with new patterns by Threads contributors from Vogue Patterns.

Getting started with sewing

Check out member Fredwb's first sewing projects and get started stitching with Teach Yourself to Sew.

National Quilting Day

Celebrate National Quilting Day with techniques from Threads.

Meeting the Union Special Chainstitching Machine

A trip to the basement of a specialty jeans store unveiled a vintage sewing machine gem.

How to Make Rose Barrettes

Molly at The Purl Bee created this amazing tutorial on making super-cute rosettes you can put on barrettes.

Video: Balloon Fashion Show

Check out a video of the amazing balloon fashions created for the Shanghai show.

How to Make a Leather Chain Necklace

Blogger Britt for Cucumbersome created this great tutorial on making a chic necklace with leather.

Dream Prom Dress

Follow aspiring designer Ashley Bass as she designs and sews her own prom dress design.

Designer Lee Alexander McQueen 1969 - 2010

One of the most innovative designers of our time, Alexander McQueen, passed away today in his London home.

Alexander McQueen - A Retrospective

The genius of the late Alexander McQueen is highlighted in this video by Net-A-Porter.

Video: Behind the Scenes of Alexander McQueen's Fall 2009

Go back stage and visit what went into creating McQueen's Fall 2009 show.

Designer Alexander McQueen 1969 - 2010

One of the most innovative designers of our time, Alexander McQueen, passed away today in his London home.

Meet Bogota's Bulletproof Tailor to the Stars

Ever wonder how the world's elite protect themselves and still look great at the same time? See how this tailor is creating bulletproof clothing that's lightweight and fashion-forward.

Museum at FIT's Online Collection

Check out FIT's eMuseum to see historical garments up close in your own home.

Grammy's 2010 Fashion

When it comes to the Grammy's, red-carpet attire tends to be more on the fun and shocking side instead of the glamorous looks you'll find at the Golden Globes or the Oscars.

Spring 2010 Couture Shows

This week the Spring 2010 couture shows began with tons of high-style and inspirational clothes.

Project Sewing Workshop

Threads contributor Linda Lee and Bernina team up to create a one-stop online shop for fabrics, patterns, and workshops.

Fabrics International Wiki

Learn about fabrics and contribute your own information to the Fabrics International Wiki.

Circular Vest

Make a simple topper from a circle of fabric.

Get more style and sewing tips online

Check out former Threads editor Amber Eden's new online column for hot fashion and sewing tips.

How to Make Spat-style Legwarmers

Check out my tutorial on making a pair of spat-style legwarmers on the BurdaStyle blog.

New Online Embroidery Magazine

Check out the Hand Embroidery Network's new online magazine, The Needle, for amazing inspiration for hand embroidery.

Online Fabric Shopping Destinations

Do you shop for fabric online? What are your favorite places to shop for sewing supplies on the internet?

Where do you find sewing advice?

We all have go-to people or reference books to help us through those tricky sewing spots. Where do you turn when your stitching just isn't right?

Inspiration Bound

What books and magazines do you look to for your sewing inspiration?

How to Sew Velvet like a Pro

It's that time of year when velvet starts making its triumphant comeback with holiday dresses for girls of all ages. Get tips from the pros who can sew it best.

Rent designer clothes for a fraction of the price

Short on cash but need a killer dress for Friday night? Try Rent the Runway for a mail-order designer dress rental.

Get perfectly coordinated fabrics from Vogue Fabrics

Vogue Fabrics by mail has created a program that helps you choose perfectly coordinated fabrics every time.

Upload pictures of your costumes for a chance to win

Now that Halloween has come and gone, upload photos of your completed costumes to enter The Halloween Costume Contest

Upload photos of your costumes for a chance to win

Sewers make the best Halloween costumes, don't you think? Take a look at a few costumes I've made and upload photos of yours for a chance to win prizes in the Threads Halloween Costume Contest.

Make It Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness

Upload photos of your pink projects to the CraftStylish gallery to help raise money for breast cancer research and for a chance to win a prize from Gutermann thread.

Announcing the SewStylish Fall Fashion Challenge Winner

After more than 2,000 votes, Very Prairie took first place in this year's Fall Fashion Challenge with her Vivienne Westwood-inspired top.

Get Connected With SewStylish

Become a fan of SewStylish on Facebook or join our Flickr pool for a chance to be featured on the site

Fabric woven from spider webs

The American Museum of Natural History unveils fabric woven from golden orb spiders in Madagascar.

Help pick the SewStylish Fall Fashion Challenge winner!

We've narrowed it down to our top-five finalists from more than 60 entries. Vote now to help choose who will win more than $1,200 in prizes.

Last Chance to Win!

For a chance to win more than $1,200 in prizes from Baby Lock and Ottlite, simply upload a picture of a garment you've created inspired by a designer to the SewStylish website. It's that easy!

2009 Emmy Fashions

The red carpet shined last night with bright TV stars and big designer names.

Win a BabyLock Embroidery Machine and an OttLite Craft Lamp!

For a chance to win more than $1,200 in prizes, simply upload a picture of a garment you've created inspired by a designer to the SewStylish website. It's that easy!

Save with National Sewing Month Sales

September is National Sewing Month and many retailers are having sales to celebrate.

Vintage patterns available online

Check out the University of Rhode Island's online Commercial Pattern Archive for more than 48,000 patterns dated back to the 19th century

SewStylish Fall Fashion Challenge

The deadline for SewStylish's Fall Fashion Challenge is less than a month away! Upload photos of your creations for a chance to win.

Miss Universe Pageant Puts Costumes and Gowns on Display

Last night the 2009 Miss Universe pageant was broadcast worldwide from the Bahamas. Aside from the gowns we normally expect, this year each contestant wore extravagant costumes to represent their countries.

Project Runway, Episode 1 Recap

The newest season of Project Runway has begun complete with all the fashion drama we've come to love. Check out the SewStylish blog for a recap and comment on who you thought made the cut.

Book Review: Professional Sewing Techniques for Designers

Brush up your sewing know-how with this amazing text by Julie Cole and Sharon Czachor.

Send a personalized message from Project Runway's Tim Gunn

Can't wait for the new season to start? Send fellow Tim Gunn fans a customized phone call straight from the Project Runway design guru himself.

Enter the SewStylish Fall Fashion Contest and Win!

Enter the SewStylish Fall Fashion Contest for the chance to win more than $1,200 in prizes. You could take home a new embroidery machine and other great prizes.

New SewStylish on newsstands now!

The newest issue of SewStylish is on newsstands today! Check it out now for designer inspiration and techniques straight from the runways.

SewStylish Fall '09 on newsstands now!

Check out the newest issue of SewStylish for great sewing inspiration and techniques.

Support Independent Fabric Dealers

Did you know that 95% of fabric shoppers shop at chain stores exclusively? Project 95 is out to change that with an online source of fabric independent retailers.

Inspired summer sewing

Have you started any projects yet this summer? Look back at a few Threads tutorials and a round-up of a few others to get your creative juices flowing as the mercury rises outside.

How to Sew an Exposed Zipper

See how easy it is to sew a designer-inspired exposed zipper.

Association of Sewing and Design Professionals announces their Master Certification Program

The ASDP now offers a new certification program with a focus on professional standards and practices for career sewers.

ASG Goes to Albuquerque

Next week, the ASG is hosting their annual conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Sign up now to learn new sewing techniques from the pros who know them best.

Get to know fabric designer Anna Maria Horner

We just love the amazing fabric designs from author Anna Maria, and now she has her own pattern line and book available, too. From her very first fabric collection for Free Spirit in 2006, to her current quilting and décor lines for Westminster, Anna Maria always has an original style full of inspiration.

Paper dresses by Isabelle de Borchgrave

Discover the art of Isabelle de Borchgrave, who creates historic costumes and haute couture gowns from paper.

Get your garments in Threads Magazine

Upload photos of your creations into our Reader's Closet Gallery for a chance to be featured in an upcoming issue of Threads!

Entering the world of sewing

When I first learned to sew, my very first project was a stuffed animal made from cotton fabric and stuffing. What was yours?

Vote for the winner of the SewStylish Spring Fashion Challenge

The SewStylish Spring Fashion Challenge finalists have been chosen! Cast your vote at CraftStylish today to choose the winner of more than $380 in prizes.

Mermaid Spectacular

Halloween isn't the only time of year New Yorkers dress up. Take a look at the event that kicks off the summer in style for all Brooklynites: The Mermaid Parade!

SewStylish Contest Ends This Friday

Time's almost up! Upload photos of your creations for a chance to win more than $380 in prizes.

Renegade hits Brooklyn this weekend

Come to McCarren Park Pool in Brooklyn, NY this weekend for the 5th Annual Renegade Craft Fair

Top Ten Weirdest Dresses

From electronic, light-up gowns to frocks made from broken dishes, Oddee counts down another top-ten list of the weirdest dresses.

ASG Goes to Albuquerque

This summer, the ASG is hosting their annual conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Sign up now to learn new sewing techniques from the pros who know them best.

Here comes the DIY bride...

Bride Eleen and her mom create a personalized wedding dress using a Threads online tutorial.

Get Biased

In the #143 June/July issue of Threads, we showed you how to make a bias top from two simple fabric squares, however one of the steps was labeled incorrectly. Here's the corrected info.

Mother's Day Gift Ideas

With Mother's Day just around the corner, here are a few ideas just for her.

New SewStylish on Newsstands Now!

Check out the new SewStylish issue and blog, and enter the Spring Fashion Contest for your chance to win more than $380 in prizes.

Add a center-front seam to a pattern

In the Spring '09 issue of SewStylish, author and couture sewer Anna Mazur showed you how to insert zipper 4 different ways. See how she added the center-front seam to accomodate her exposed zipper.

Restyle with Wardrobe Refashion

Take the Wardrobe Refashion pledge to save a little green for your planet and your wallet.

New SewStylish on newsstands now!

Check out the new SewStylish issue, and enter the Spring Fashion Contest for your chance to win more than $380 in prizes.

Sewing Slang

From sewists to seamsters, what do you call yourself and those around you who sew?

Fluid Fabric Challege Chiffon Tutorial

Chiffon may create gorgeous garments, but it's also rather tricky to sew. Following are a few tips and tricks to tame this fluid fabric.

Vintage Sewing Books Make Great Modern Teachers

Next time you see old sewing books at your neighbor's garage sale, snatch them up--you never know what sort of knowledge is inside.

Brother sewing machines make their NY Fashion Week debut

Designer and Project Runway finalist Jillian Lewis and Brother Sewing Machines team up to create Lewis's Fall '09 collection.

Simplicity and BurdaStyle Want Your Vote!

Two pattern companies, Simplicity and BurdaStyle, are teaming up to bring you the best looks for spring. All you need to do is vote on your favorite!

Designer Ali Rahimi creates Oscar-worthy gowns

With a celebrity clientele that reads like a who's-who list in Hollywood, including Arianna Huffington, Jennifer Beals, Felicity Huffman, and Eva Longoria, Ali Rahimi creates couture garments for the red-carpet elite.

Pattern Drafting Software

The perfect fit might not be as far away as you think. In the April/May 2009 issue of Threads (#142), we introduce you to some new software on the market that can help you get a great fit fast, and here’s a list of a few more to check out.

See Your Creations on the Pages of Threads Magazine!

We know you're talented, so show it off! Upload your favorite, personally-sewn garments to the Reader's Closet on the Threads website for a chance to be featured in the magazine.

Video Dress #2

Turkish fashion designer Hussein Chalayan creates dresses using design and technology.

Video Dress

Turkish Designer Hussein Chalayan creates dresses using science and design.

Mood Swings Video 1

See the Bubelle Dress by Philips. The dress can sense your mood and change colors.

Mood Swings, Video 2

Just like the mood rings we all had as kids, the Bubelle Dress changes colors with your mood. The dress is made up of two layers, the inner layer contains biometric sensors that pick up a...

Sewing on the Half Scale

Artist Anne Hand creates mini garments packed with big design.

Holiday Windows Display Inspiration

Fashion display windows in New York City spark inspiration for design.

Create a Custom Sleeve Pattern

Draft a personalized sleeve pattern you can use to design your own creations.

An Easy Way to Drape a Dress Sloper

Ever wanted to start draping your own designs? Download and print the pull-out feature from SewStylish today to get started.

recent comments

Re: Creating Chemical Cutwork

Hi Marionabs, The article is in issue #148, page 72.

Re: Five Blogs We Love

Hooray! I'm so glad to know that Weekend Designer is back!

Re: Upload photos of your costumes for a chance to win

Hi Sharron,
The boots were actually an eBay find. They were thigh-high suede boots.

Re: Enter the SewStylish Fall Fashion Contest and Win!

Hi Sewsuz-
Either option is fine! Just be sure to include the photo of your inspiration and describe how you made it. Good luck!

Re: Here comes the DIY bride...

Hi Eleen,
It's so great to hear from you! You did an amazing job creating a very personal and stylish wedding. Congrats!

Re: Get Biased

Hi AnnaRae,

Because you are using your hip measurement to draft the sides of the square, the square's diagonal will be much larger than your hip circumference. You won't need to add any more ease because of the diagonal's size and the stretch from the bias.

Re: Tapestry and denim jacket

wow! Very cool!

Re: How to Make One-of-a-Kind Fabric

Very cool technique. Thanks for sharing, Ariel!

Re: Vintage pattern, McCall 8944, published 1936

Wow! I love the back!

Re: How to Measure Up

The shoulder length is found by measuring from the side-neck point to the shoulder point on the same side.
I hope this answers your question, and good luck to your wife in her sewing class!

Re: Find Your Best Silhouette

Also, the print article featured 3 "real" figures with suggested garments. I will check to see if we can upload an image or two from this to show these examples here.

Re: Find Your Best Silhouette

Hello all,

The print article accompanying this online extra explained in more detail how to draw your ideal shape. For width measurements, use:

Shoulders = 1.5 x head length

Waist = head length

Hips = 1.5 x head length

For the enlarged grid, click the word "enlarge" from the empty grid's photo description above.

Thanks for all of your comments. We read them all and take them all into consideration when working on future articles and online features.

Re: Cut Up Your Patterns and Add Seams

Hi Kitty, Thanks so much for bringing this to our attention. I fixed the captions to go with the correct images, so you can now print this out for a reference.

Re: Copying Complex Garments

The author is asking you to thread trace the lengthwise and crosswise grain on each piece of the garment. That way they will be easier to transfer to the pattern pieces. Does this answer your question?

Re: A Figure-Flattering Tee

Dear Bubba,

By hemming the front and back pieces separately you can add a flattering little vent at the side seams when you sew them. Don’t sew the seams all the way to the hem stop about 2 inches away. Press the seams open and topstitch the seam section to blen in with the hem. Sew the sleeves before hemming.

Re: Put a Bead Behind That Button

Hi Zuraiqui-
The bead covers the stitches on the back of the button and supports the fabric so that the button isn't pulling against it.

Re: Smooth Curved Seam

Hi kreativelady,
Have you tried posting your problem in Gatherings? The link at the top of the page will take you over to the Gatherings forums where I'm sure many skilled sewers will be more than happy to help you out. that way you can create a whole discussion regarding your trouble since it seems so involved.