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Annie O'Connor, CT, US

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

Member Since: 01/06/2011

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Four Serging Techniques

Pamela Leggett explains how to use your serger to create gathers, pretty lettuce edging, and how to properly serge corners and curves.

How to Move a Dart

Learn how to move darts to give garments a new look.

McCall's latest collection

Multiseason patterns from McCall's fall line.

New SewStylish Pattern

Check out Simplicity Pattern Company's Early Autumn collection featuring our very own SewStylish pattern

New Summer/Fall Patterns

Butterick's latest collection includes fashionable dresses for a variety of people.

New Designer Patterns

Vogue Pattern's summer collection is filled with stylish garments from some of our favorite designers

Parson Gray: A New Menswear Fabric Line

New cotton fabrics for fashion, quilting, and home decor from David Butler (Amy Butler's husband)

Ask Threads

Industry experts answer your sewing questions.

Prom Patterns 2012

Are you sewing a prom dress this year? Check out these 10 special-occasion dresses from the leading pattern companies.

"Kwik" to Sew for Summer

Kwik Sew's newest pattern collection features easy-to-sew garments all at a new price: $11.99 each.

The Ultimate Mending Kit

Here are 25 items every sewer should have on hand. What other items are necessities for your sewing?

Interview with Susan Khalje

BurdaStyle talks couture with Threads Contributing Editor

Too Cute Kids' Patterns

McCall's new Summer Collection features adorable children's sewing patterns.

Simply Summer

Simplicity Pattern Company releases their Summer Collection featuring the newest SewStylish pattern.

A Little Bit of Lace

Lace is the leading fabric for spring. Check out the patterns from Burda's Spring/Summer collection for some great-for-lace choices.

Spring Ensembles

Simplicity introduces their spring collection featuring a new Threads pattern.

Spring into Fashion

In Threads April/May issue, Connie Crawford shares this season's leading looks. Here, we've selected several patterns to achieve these styles.

How to Sew a Scarf Necklace

Create a fashionable necklace with a combination of fabric and chains.

McCall's and Kwik Sew join forces

Two sewing pattern company giants merge

Wrap it up!

Vogue's spring pattern collection features wrap and wrap-inspired dresses and tops

New Look for Spring

Simplicity releases their New Look spring pattern collection.

Burda and Simplicity join forces

Burda patterns are now available at

Button Art

Artist Augusto Esquivel uses simple sewing buttons to create extraordinary works of art.

McCall's patterns for your fabric stash

Is your New Year's resolution to break into your fabric stash? Check out McCall's Spring Collection for some great ideas.

Look ahead to spring

Simplicity releases their 2012 Early Spring pattern collection, including new Threads and SewStylish patterns.

Tangerine Tango

Pantone announces 2012's color of the year.

"Baby, it's cold outside"

Outerwear for the cooler months

Quick Gift Patterns from Kwik Sew

Kwik Sew's latest pattern collection offers great ideas for holiday gifts.

1950s patterns perfect for today

Butterick releases three vintage patterns so fashionable you'd hardly know they're retro.

Vogue Winter Patterns

Sewing for holiday parties and casual winter weekends.

Patterns: Wide Leg Pants

Tips and patterns for this popular pants style.

Sleepwear patterns

Make comfy, cozy PJs with these new patterns. Find everything from yoga pants to camisoles in these collections.

Festive dresses

McCall's releases their Holiday 2011 pattern line

Let's hear it for the boys

Simplicity's Suede Says and introduce menswear patterns

New Simplicity patterns

Simplicity's Winter/Holiday collection features a new Threads pattern and other great designs

Inspiration from Novi

Highlights from Threads' trip to the American Sewing Expo.

See you in Novi!

The American Sewing Expo is this Friday through Sunday in Novi, Michigan

Sew Simple

Simplicity introduces $1.99 single-project patterns.

A "New Look" for Fall

New Look Patterns introduces their fall/winter 2011 collection

New McCall's Patterns

Stylish patterns for the cool-weather months

Singer turns 160 years old

Share your Singer Story and help celebrate their monumental anniversary.

New Simplicity Patterns

Fresh patterns for fall to make again and again

Christine Haynes Announces New Pattern Line

Find out about this author's potential new pattern line.

New Butterick Patterns

Cozy outerwear to chic dresses this new line covers it all

"Kwik" patterns for kids

Kwik Sew's newest collection features sweet patterns for children

Advanced Sewing Patterns

Marfy's Fall-winter collection

What's in Vogue

Fall patterns from the designers

ConKerr Cancer

Sew a pillowcase and give a little joy to children with cancer.

Everything old is new again

Simplicity digs 1960s style

Make a Gauzy Cotton Caftan

Convert a simple T-shirt pattern into glamorous beachwear.

Thinking ahead to fall

McCall's Pattern Company introduces their new Fall 2011 Collection.

What's your current fabric obsession?

Fabrics that we just HAVE to have.

Summer Ensembles

New patterns from Simplicity: get a complete look in one envelope.

Some Fun Summer Sewing Patterns

Summer accessory patterns perfect for the beach, picnics, barbeques, and more.

Easy, Breezy Summer Sewing

Sew them tonight, wear them tomorrow. Quick patterns perfect for the warm weather.

Summer Dress Patterns

Butterick introduces new patterns sized by A/B, C & D cups

Fashionably royal patterns

The world watched as Kate Middleton, together with Sarah Burton, gave bridal fashion a new, yet tradtional, look. Here are some pattern suggestions that speak to this now iconic bridal gown.

Go to Great Lengths

Barbara Emodi shows how to extend a skirt at the hem in this online extra.

Florals for Spring

This season's best selling garment features a stunning floral print. See what floral fabrics inspire us.

Summer Sewing

Vogue’s new Summer Collection is now available

Cheery gifts for kids in need

Participants at the Sewing and Stitchery Expo sewed pillowcases for children.

New Marfy Patterns

Stretch your sewing skills with the newest Marfy pattern collection!

The Sewing and Stitchery Expo

Ever consider attending a sewing show? Here is my experience at my first ever sewing show!

YOUR Sewing Machine Buying Advice

Read the great responses to "A Buyer's Guide to Your Dealership."

McCall's Early Summer Collection

Spring is almost here, so summer can’t be far behind! Check out McCall’s Early Summer sewing patterns.

Sewing Camp for Kids

Babylock offers "Summer Kids' Clubhouse"

A Buyer's Guide to Your Dealership

What to ask and what to know when buying a sewing machine.

Australian Antique Sewing Machine Museum

“From hobby to obsession to business.” Wayne McKail and Judi Gillies are sharing their love of antique sewing machines with others at their one-of-a-kind museum Down Under!

"Kwik" to Sew and Easy to Wear

Effortless garments from Kwik Sew’s Spring 2011 collection highlight pleats, gathers, ruffles and fun details.

How to Sew a Reversible Apron

Make an apron that can go from sophisticated to whimsical with a simple flip.

Chic Designer Patterns

Elegance meets style in Vogue’s Spring 2011 collection

McCall's Sees "Fresh and Fabulous" Changes for Spring 2011

Great designs and new easy to follow style symbols makes spring 2011 exciting for McCall’s pattern lovers.

New Simplicity Patterns

Simplicity has just released their newest pattern collection, Early Spring 2011! Check out some of our favorite choices.

recent comments

Re: A Little Bit of Lace

Burda Style sewing patterns are multilingual and include instructions in English.
Hope that helps!

Re: Spring into Fashion

Hi Gail,
Why don't you try Vogue 8020, view A. If you shorten the hem a bit it would be very similar.
Best of luck!

Re: Four Serging Techniques

Thank you, Shiwidesbois, for catching that error. It has been corrected.

Re: McCall's patterns for your fabric stash

Hi Eatsallinsects and PointPatou, yes, you’re absolutely right. Thanks for catching that! The post is now corrected.

HotRags, We have several articles you may find helpful.

Working with sequined fabric:
“Sequin Smarts” in issue #92, pg. 42
“Dazzling with Sequins” in issue #1, pg. 60

Working with feathers:
“Fanciful Feathers” in issue #141, pg. 22

Working with brocade:
“Exploring Chinese Silk-faced Brocades” in issue #113, pg. 35

Also, check out the online index to find more (in the red colored band at the top of the home page, rest the cursor on MAGAZINE to find the online index). The index hasn’t been updated with 2011 issues yet, but the rest of the issues are there, and 2011 is coming.

Hope that helps!

Re: Sleepwear patterns

Thank you Franb and Skymom for pointing that out! I've updated this write-up to include that information.