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Nov 12, 2008
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Skirt pattern from the Threads magazine Simplicity pattern collection

Bringing sewers the look they’re after, Threads and Simplicity have teamed up to create a line of patterns especially designed for Threads and SewStylish readers. Like our other popular patterns, these offer the perfect blend of the detail and fit expertise found in Threads and SewStylish magazines and Simplicity’s philosophy of easy and fun sewing. You’ll achieve professional results, whatever your skill level.

Everyday comfortable to special-occasion wonderful
The Threads and SewStylish Pattern Collections feature an assortment of garment styles and helpful tips to get the fit and fashion you want in your clothes – all from the experts at Threads. And now, they’re available at retail fabric and chain stores worldwide.

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  1. sue7429 November 24th

    I subscribe to Threads and recently saw a project using some old jeans to make a purse. After finding the jeans and getting ready to make the purse, I could not find the right issue of the magazine. Am I imaging it or can someone tell me which issue it was in. I also take Sew News, but I was certain it was in THREADS.

  2. Gayela November 30th

    I have a couple of tartan skirts 19" in length that I would still like to wear but think they are too short - suggestions of how to alter to make them wearable and still look good is requested

  3. sewpatty December 3rd

    I like doing lots of cross-stitching which incorporates sewing and beading techniques.I am quite creative and like doing intricate things which involves many different ways of sewing.
    Its only because i get bored doing a one way stitch method,and its a great new challenge too.

  4. neufiesmom December 5th

    I have a question.
    I'm looking for a pattern of a manderine collar shirt for women. I had one and love the shirt but in moving have lost the pattern. any help would be wonderful. The shirt has button front and cufless long sleeves.
    thank you

  5. watergirl21403 December 13th

    I have 42" sari fabric and most patterns give layouts for 45" width. Looking for pattern suggestions and how to make gold edge of fabric go down the center front of garment.

  6. secretsquirel December 13th

    watergirl21403

    what is the garment you want to make

  7. smartsewing December 16th

    I would add lace to the hem or wear over leggings. You could also add plain fabric to the hem matching the tartan, put some of this trim in pockets or belt to make the addition look as if it was always there.

  8. smartsewing December 16th

    Hi Neufiesmom
    If you have a pattern that has a collor with a stand attached. You can use the stand just to mak a mandrine collor.

  9. kreativelady December 18th

    Hi, Just finished reading article for making the perfect garment for different shapes. I believe they referred it to a manican-style body using tight fitting material. It peaked my interest. Teaching children to make simple outfits for their projects appeals to me. Sizes are`always unpredictible, and outfits are time consumung getting each one to fit properly. Where is this information for this source to order? dancersimage.

  10. BeverlyKnight December 31st

    To Gayela--- Add a yoke to the top of the skirts. If they have pleats and a waistband, stay stitch the pleats before taking off the waistband. Add the yoke-the desired length-then re-attach the waistband. Use a co-ordinating fabric for yoke.

  11. sewmanydawgz January 17th

    Have been to lots of post-holiday sales, Magellan's & Travel-
    Smith's websites, and a few other etailers, and some catalogs
    and still can't find what I want in the way of my "dream travel coat", so (as usual) I'll have to make it; Single-
    breasted (concealed placket a plus-), 3/4 length modified-
    type Swing coat, w/ removable liner and hood - anybody have
    any idea where one might find a ready-made pattern for such a thing ? I can make the pattern, but would like to find it
    already done just to save some time - but based on what I've seen in the major pattern co.'s offerings (and some online
    pattern co.'s as well), it's slim-to-no pickins for this item, which is why I'm asking ? ? ?

  12. kittle January 22nd

    I am trying to find fabric similar to that shown in Simplicity Pattern 2703, which is a Thread's Magazine collection pattern.

    My daughter would like to sew this for a 4H project this year and LOVES the patterns of the dress and shirt.

    Any ideas where I can find a similar fabric?

  13. carolina February 9th

    I would like to have the pattern number for the top illustrated in Threads #141, page 76. It is beautiful with the under garment. I would like to have more information about obtaining this pattern.
    Thank you and I love Threads magazine.

  14. User avater shaedee February 11th

    Looking forward to doing more here, but am having trouble posting on my page. Looks good here, and by the way Sewmanydogz you might check for the patterns that are done by the woman who does the coats and other vests etc, with pockets for travelling, she has quite a few choices in coats, also a site named sewingpatterns.com or sewingpatternreview.com,
    The one which I like a lot is called thesewingplace.com
    it has the various designers listed and then you click to see the entire line of patterns. good luck with your search. marcia

  15. grannynanny February 21st

    I feel the same as Carolina. Just loved the blouse on page 76 in Threads #141. Please send the pattern name and number. thank you. gn

  16. MissAtomBomb1953 March 9th

    Hi,
    I'm looking for a good book or instructional on how to alter clothing (not necessarily patterns). Any advice will help!
    Thanks.

  17. cookmartyn3 March 10th

    Hello I am looking for a download of a fur boot or slipper pattern for adults , searched the internet can't find one any help out there.
    thanks
    melody

  18. altz March 11th

    I am trying to locate a source for the Marfy pattern 1666 that was featured on Page 15 of the Feb/Mar issue of Threads. I emailed them but nothing. Where can I find that pattern? Thank you!

  19. Ckbklady March 18th

    Altz was wondering how to get Marfy patterns. Altz, go to www.butterickpatterns.com and check out the Marfy link on the main page - it will lead you to a shop/order page.

    I've used a couple of Marfy patterns and can tell you that while they're certainly stylish and pleasingly challenging, they're no better than Threads/Simplicity or Burda. I never was a Simplicity fan until Threads signed on. Their shared patterns were a thrill to see on the runway at the Sew Expo in Puyallup last month.

    Good luck getting Marfy, and let us know in Gatherings how you like them!

  20. User avater mrscolumbo March 25th

    To cookmartyn3 / Melody .. this pattern company is Canadian .. I have the pattern and they are really cute ... also have a couple of their handbag patterns. Hope this helps.
    http://www.favoritethings.net/patterns/Slippers

    Toby

  21. Sue_UK April 8th

    Can anyone advise me please? I'm just about to make a shirt using a crinkly fabric. Does anyone know if I approach the cutting and serging differently?

  22. Meialoha April 22nd

    Help! I'm looking for an old pattern: Vogue 2372 DKNY size 18-22 Denim skirt & Jeans. There's one on ebay, but I closed my ebay account when I must have been out of my mind.

    If you come across V2372, please let me know. I'll trade you for chocolate macadamia nut candy from Hawaii! Thank you. :)

  23. KayN April 23rd

    I'm looking for a polo shirt pattern any size. Do they even exist?

  24. GrannyBecky April 26th

    I'm looking for a baby sling pattern. Any info where I can locate this pattern would be helpful.

  25. User avater Erikamr May 3rd

    My Grandma has an antique Singer tredle sewing machine.

    SHOULD THIS MACHINE BE IN A MUSEUM???
    IF SO, WHAT ONE!!!!!??????




    Please help us!!!!

  26. User avater Erikamr May 3rd

    KayN: The T-shirt is the exact same thing as a polo shirt.

    I hope that this helps!!!

  27. sewphisticate May 4th

    KayN - I don't know if this appropriate to post here or not, but KwikSew has polo shirt patterns. #3059 is the misses sized pattern. They have them for men and children too.

  28. pandora31 May 6th

    Grannybecky, i have used this pattern many times, as i am in the habit of losing my slings!
    http://www.sleepingbaby.net/jan/Baby/index.html
    she has all kinds of baby goodies on there!
    Hope this helps!

  29. Acker May 18th

    Good day. very Interested info on your site. I have found the many information in the Internet. adjustable baby sling

  30. User avater Erikamr May 27th

    My Grandma has an antique Singer tredle sewing machine.

    SHOULD THIS MACHINE BE IN A MUSEUM???
    IF SO, WHAT ONE!!!!!??????



  31. User avater EmKay96 May 29th

    Erikamr,
    Have you contacted museums in your area? They could probably provide you with the best advice. Barring that, contact your local library and ask the librarian to help you with a search for museums or organizations that might be interested in treadle sewing machines.

    Sometimes the phone book and the librarian are your best resources. Good luck!

  32. User avater Erikamr June 1st

    EmKay96, Thanks!!!

  33. sewfashionistic June 4th

    Help please - what is the difference between 45" and 60" and why does the 45" call for more fabric on smaller sizes than the 60"?
    Is the light bulb just not working for me?

  34. User avater Creativefool June 8th

    To sewfashionistic: I'll try to answer your question: Well mathematically speaking 1 yard of material that is 60 inches wide has 2160 square inches in it, but a yard of material that is 45 inches wide only has 1620 inches in it. I'm petite so when I make slacks I never need to buy as much material as a pattern calls for, because I can lay the pattern out on the crossgrain of the material, which is different than called for in the pattern layout.

  35. daita June 12th

    I need to lengthen the crotch from a pair or pants. I've been trying to find instruction by so far no luck. Can someone enlighten me please?

  36. SUZAG June 15th

    You can research the age of Grandma's sewing machine on the Singer Sewing Machine Co. site. With the serial number you can find out when it was manufactured. Unfortunately, they aren't worth too much (look on e-Bay)but they make a very stunning decorative piece in a living room. I've cleaned two up and the detail work is beautiful! Treasure it!

  37. bunbun June 15th

    I am excited about the information in March of '09 on The Golden Rule of Proportions. I am mathamatically challenged, could you tell me where to find more measurments to do for proportions? I love the one for the length of the skirt, what do you measure for width? For jackets? For accessories? Is there a book somewhere for someone with limited understanding of it?

  38. ohbegrey June 16th

    sewfashionistic: re: 45/60 inch fabric--pattern layouts are accommodated differently by the different widths, thus another difference in yardage requirements. also, use caution when using crosswise of the fabric for the lengthwise of the garment--the crosswise grain sometimes stretches slightly (more) than the lengthwise grain and can affect the drape/fit of the garment. happy sewing!

  39. sassytee July 17th

    i just started sewing...and im finding it difficult to cut out. when i want to sew anything i usually put the fabric on me or a dummy and pin areas i want to sew. any tip or tips please, any one?

  40. DRWsews July 18th

    This is to Sassytee regarding cutting. Once you've tissue fit (or created) & adjusted your pattern, try using weights rather than pins when you lay out your pattern and fabric on a table top. I have a piece of covered plywood sitting on matching bookcases, but when I was young I cut on the floor. I recommend that you spend a minute or two reading up on fabric & pattern grain lines. Taking extra time with your pattern fitting & lay out of the fabric can make the difference something you will never wear and something people will not believe you made yourself. Your comfort with cutting along with other sewing skills will improve with time. Don't give up, start simple & work your way up to more difficult projects. Good luck and have fun ... I've been sewing for 45 years and can't imagine my life without it.

  41. ata July 22nd

    thanks alot dat was helpful!& im not trying to giv up...Not now...i only just start & luvin it! lol

  42. SimpleGirl August 25th

    How many folks have tried/used a Lutterloh pattern?

  43. User avater daleann August 27th

    I have used Lutterloh patterns. I am making a dress now to wear to a family wedding from one of the Lutterloh patterns. The patterns take a fair amount of time to draw and cut out but they do fit when you are finished making the garment. I do enjoy using the Lutterloh system.

  44. laulo September 7th

    Hey Darleann- What are Lutterloh Patterns? As I we all get older (Me 54) We have differant curves and corners than before. I have Used the Sew perfect patterns and would like to try something else.

  45. User avater Artze September 9th

    I recently looked up the info on the Lutterloh Pattern fitting system and found it quite interesting. I have always had trouble getting my garments to fit correctly and am considering buying this system. But before I do, I'd like to hear more about it from past and/or present users. I'm a bit pear shaped and have sloped shoulders. Since I live in Florida, my wardrobe consists mostly of tank tops and shorts or capris. Does this system work for making skirts, shorts and slacks? Are the patterns up-to-date styles? All of your input will be greatly appreciated. Thanks much.
    Artze

  46. robkamm September 10th

    Artze, I have the Lutterloh system and have used it to make a jacket. The proportions and fit were fine. I bought my system last year and although the styles included in the basic kit weren't ground-breaking fashion, there were quite a few classic pieces which are useful. The only problem someone may have with the system is that you are on your own as far as the construction of the garment is concerned.

  47. User avater Artze September 10th

    Can the Lutterloh system be used with patterns I already have, ie; Simplicity, McCalls, etc.?

  48. User avater teenage_textilelover September 11th


    I recently made a skirt following a macalls pattern and it ended up 4 sizes too big.
    A friend of mine made a dress with the same brand pattern, again way too big.
    Has anyone else had bad experiences with macalls misses patterns?

  49. robkamm September 11th

    Artze, the Lutterloh system is a pattern drafting tool. You are basically starting from scratch drafting the pattern but I can't see why you couldn't use it in conjunction with existing patterns. When I made my jacket I drafted it from scratch but used a similar commercial pattern for the construction instructions. I have used other pattern drafting techniques and have drafted a bodice and used a sleeve, etc. from a commercial pattern -- sometimes you have to play with it a little bit but no more so than trying to fit a commercial pattern.

  50. robkamm September 11th

    Hi Teenage -- fitting commercial patterns is the bane of every sewer's existence. Not only does the sizing vary from pattern company to pattern company, you also have to pay close attention to the amount of ease that is added to a given style. Have you tried tissue fitting the pattern before cutting your fabric? That usually gives you a fairly good indication of where adjustments need to be made. I'm an impatient sewer -- once I start a project I'm in a hurry to get it finished -- but have learned the hard way that time spent on the fitting details ensures a much better and wearable garment. The very best way to ensure a good fit is to make a "muslin" before you cut your good fabric.

    Robin

  51. Motherof6 September 11th

    hi I was wondering how to get John Koch's glove pattern with the stitches and Knots They were in the November 2009 issue I tried looking every on the magazine site couldn't find it could someone tell me whre I was to look . Thank You

  52. User avater teenage_textilelover September 13th

    hi robkamm, thanks. I'm really impatient too. I'll try what you suggested, thanks again

  53. SimpleGirl September 16th

    Lutterloh patterns are miniature patterns that have dots that correspond to the outline of the pattern piece. All of the dots correspond to your measurements. Have you ever seen the davinci drawing of a man with circles showing the relationship of of the span of your arms to your height. It is a similar concept. If your bust is x-inches, you would use a tape measurer from an X on the pattern piece, and measure x inches out. There is a paper extension for your tape measurer to convert. This will give you the basic pattern piece without seam allowances. The patterns seem to be true to size in my opinion. I have made several items - a winter coat, several tank tops. The designs are a bit different (European) - not real trendy - more classic shapes. The nice thing is the miniature patterns can be stored in a small binder, and you can draw a fresh pattern in any size.

  54. SimpleGirl September 16th

    Robkamm - perhaps your thinking of pattern drafting tools such as slopers and basic patterns. Lutterloh are actual pattern designs - that are relatively a closer fit. I like to hear about other tools, and inspiration for sewing. I am intrigued by wool hat making instructions.

  55. SimpleGirl September 16th

    I am also in a recycle mode - returning to a habit I had when I was much younger. Recycling items in my closet - to give them more wear - and a more updated look. I have always played with changing buttons, collars, sleeve lengths, and waistlines. Adding embellishments - or removing them. This is great if you have an item made of very good fabric - such as a wool jacket.

  56. SimpleGirl September 16th

    Teenage Textile: I find Simplicity easy to work with - but a bit large in size. Butterick is the closest - and sometimes smaller than actual measurements. McCall's is somewhere in between. When you find a pattern, or adjust a pattern to fit - make several items from it. Do not be afraid to take items you have that fit great - to use them as patterns. I have used worn jeans as patterns, old coat linings, etc. I was just like you when I was younger - it was my creative outlet.

  57. Ranae September 18th

    Does anyone know where I can buy clothing blanks, ready for painting, decorating that resemble the "Big Fish" style?
    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

  58. Ranae September 18th

    Sorry, I meant Blue Fish style. I want to decorate myself for my own use.
    Thanks

  59. DellaLs September 18th

    Where can I find on this web site John Koch's glove pattern mentioned in the current issuse of Thread's/

  60. User avater Erikamr September 28th

    Hey Teenage! I am 12 and i have found that patterns are easier if you nake them yourself. i use my manniquin and pin pattern paper on. then use pencil to draw lines on, just cut them out. then you never need to buy patterns again!

  61. User avater Erikamr September 28th

    Sorry ! i mean make, not nake!! oops!!!!! !0

  62. Persimmony September 30th

    For the technologically impaired, please tell me how to find the pattern for the GLOVES. My magazine says it is a free download? Where?

  63. jklimt September 30th

    http://www.threadsmagazine.com/item/8892/patterns-for-gorgeous-gloves

    This is where the pattern is for the gloves

  64. jklimt September 30th

    Or go to Magazine>Magazine Extras and the pattern is there.

  65. User avater dkovnat October 6th

    Ranae, in case no one has replied: Dharma Trading Co. in California is a source for clothing blanks -- in cotton and silk, primarily. They're for dyers and fabric artists, so the colors are primarily white and black. I've had good luck with them.

    Denise Kovnat

  66. sewpreety October 24th

    dear>>>daita if you put your pattern on butcher paper or newspaper, then trace (both) pants pattern mark all areas just the original patterns says then add an inch to TOP of pants pattern. cut out paper pants pattern, hold up to you. you will notice pants are longer. this allows the crotch to DROP DOWN. now if the crotch is too long lower inches untill you get the length that's right for you. i hope i've helped e-mail me, i'd love to know if i've been any help. rosa freeman@att.net

  67. anna625 October 25th

    I subscibe to Threads. I looking to start my own business in making bras. I am looking to find pattens. That can fit any size. I work at a retail store now. I am a bra specialist. I have a lot of customers who are hard to fit. And were I live there is no place for them to go. I have one lady that is a 30H. We have one bra in the who dept that fits her. It is not a cheap bra. So I come up with the idea to start my own business to help them out. So if you have any good pattens please let me know.

  68. Poppaea October 29th

    I am wanting to make a fitted single breatsed blazer for myself. All the patterns ive come across so far are retro ones with massive shoulder pads or far too loose fitting. Does anyone know where I can find pattern?Or have any suggestions??

  69. applique November 3rd

    I purchased 2 yds of boiled wool and I'm looking for a jacket pattern that would be suitable for boiled wool can you suggest one?

  70. User avater zatorskijoan November 7th

    To Poppaea from Oct. 29, 2009
    I'd search no further for that slim-lined, single breasted blazer than the Threads Collection with Simplicity. Their Simplicity # 2645 has been highlighted in many of their ads lately and it seems like it fulfills your criteria.... take a look! Joan in Tucson, AZ

  71. Vicksvice November 12th

    I have subscribed to Threads since 2001. Recently I visited a local fabric store and one of the ladies had a very attractive flowing type top. She said that she had gotten the pattern from an earlier Threads issue but couldn't remember which one.

    I suspect it had to be in an issue 2000 or earlier. Can anyone help with this?

  72. doodle78 November 13th

    Is it alright to mix fabric types when making a quilt?

  73. NubianGoddess November 14th

    hi doodle 78, i have mixed different fabrics in a quilt, i generally try to keep them in the same fabric content, or i pre-wash all my fabric so that i can wash the sewn item later, unless it isn't a garment or a blanket and is just something to be admired. hope this info is helpful.

  74. NubianGoddess November 14th

    hi i am looking for free apron patterns,or available pictures, the type of design i want to sew is the kind or mum's may have worn, that almost look like a dress. thanks

  75. selderkin November 15th

    Hello I saw where someone had shown how to take a man's shirt, cutting off the collar, making a new neckline and sleeve alteration but keeping the button placket. I'm thinking it may have been a Threads magazine. Has anyone else seen these instructions??? thanks.

  76. User avater JBirdsArt November 17th

    Selbian: There are free tutorials on youtube for this as well as many bloggers have some free tutes on this usually handmade items from Ravelry shops. Here is something that might interest you to get you started. http://stitchandboots.wordpress.com/2009/04/30/make-a-mushroom-smock-recycle-a-mens-shirt/

    One way to do an open search is for ex. recycled men's shirt tutorials, free and then just hit enter.

    Happy cutting!

    PS You can make children's dresses and nightgowns using men's shirts as well!

  77. User avater JBirdsArt November 17th

    NubianGoddess: Great name! Hey, just like I was saying to selderkin, you can do an open search for example: free apron patterns and hit enter. There are so many it will blow your mind. Tobe specific you would wanr ro input free apron patterns, 50"s style and then just hit enter. I have seen many on the blogs from the makers on the handmade site Ravelry. Sew Mama Sews is very nice.

    I hope this helps!

    Happy stitchin'!

  78. User avater JBirdsArt November 17th

    Teenage Textilelover: You should not be using Misses patterns. You should be using Junior's patterns. If all else fails make sure you have your key measurements on hand when purchasing your patterns so you can look on the back of the pattern and compare them. I would do a mock up before making a nicer pricier item I might have in mind.

    It is very easy to use the mock up as a base to play around with an item and make your own unique pattern and/or design for yourself or others when using a mock up to begin with.

    I use to do it from paper bags in my youth and still use papers that I recycle from pkgs I receive to make bases for clothing and upholstery patterns I make up-you can sew paper as well and get a good idea of the finished product/size of garment you might want to make up, thereby skipping buying muslin for the mock up!

    Thank you so much for keeping the tradition alive! Share your love of sewing with your friends and just have a great time!

  79. berluz November 24th

    selderkin,
    There was a pattern for using a man's dress shirt on burda online: the cuffs were used as shoulder straps, the back yoke was used for the back.

  80. User avater HUNGRYmama December 23rd

    Hey SELDERKIN.....I think it was on BURDA.

  81. User avater ExclusiveHerb February 1st

    Pattern 2758 does not lend itself to a size 1x and up. Forming a waist is appealing nice in any size, but accentuating over sized hips as well and at the same time does not appeal to most people.

  82. redtina789 February 4th

    Can anybody help me get a copy of an 'older' BURDA pattern Kombination #8578 design by Wilma Ricker.
    Thank you.

  83. sewpaatsee49 February 6th

    I'm looking for a pattern/video? for a sheer "twist n'turn" type cape made in a class, but its a bit complicated; am thinking it was in Threads once, or don't know. Can anyone direct me in this endeavor...

  84. Graciaella February 17th

    What is a sloper/muslin? How are they used? Do you make one for ever item you choose to make?

  85. User avater JoyceA March 2nd

    Graciella-- Don't see that you've gotten an answer to your sloper vs muslin question, so:
    SLOPER: This is a garment that is essentially a "second skin". Its purpose is to determine your measurements, including where your shape is unique. This can be used over and over as long as your body doesn't change.
    MUSLIN: This is a test garment where you make up your design in a cheaper fabric, such as muslin, to determine what adjustments you need to make that design fit you.
    Hope this helps. If you value your fabric and time, it is best to create a muslin for testing the fit of each new design you sew.
    Hope this helps.
    --JoyceA

  86. Googie March 14th

    Joyce - I have the same question as Graciella. How do you use a sloper. Do you sew it, fit it and then take it apart with fitting adjustments? How do you then use it when you are adjusting another pattern? What if a pattern has different elements like princess seams or a wrap front?

    Googie

  87. FOR NubianPrincess, who wanted the apron patterns---
    http://tipnut.com/56-free-apron-patterns-you-can-make/
    Looks like what you are seeking may be there! - Cheers

  88. User avater jebbrightwell April 7th

    I adore your magazine! I cannot tell you how much I have learned from it through the years. I especially love to going through the other reader’s contributions. There are definitely some ingenious people out there. I have been able to streamline and reorganize my Craft/Sewing room with all the handy time saving tips and tricks I have learned from other readers. Keep the “Tips & Tricks” coming in! Julie Brightwell, Killeen, Texas

  89. sewwhat2010 April 12th

    I have a question. Im making bridesmaid dress out of Silk Dupioni and some out out Satin Back crepe. Does anyone have a suggestion on what lining is the best for each dress? In the past I have used polyester. Any suggestions for better options?
    thanks!

  90. gozion April 19th

    re: apron patterns
    i have several really swell,authentic antique apron patterns that i would like to sell. 1930"s, ets.they are Anne Adams.
    they are cut out, but not used. not pin holes etc. i just joined this site & am NOT very computer savvy at all. dont know if i even find my way back here!! are u interested in the patterns?? they are really cute.
    gozion.

  91. sewmother April 27th

    I am looking for patterns that look like Marimekko designs - have some great fabric and would like to make a dress from it

  92. ozarkgirle April 30th

    Hi Ozarkgirle here am new today to threads newsletter and have read all the comments. This is going to be great I will be 50 this year and I use to make all my own clothes my sewing teachers could not keep up with me and let me go off on my own. I have sewed since my nana taught me when I was about three to make doll clothes by hand. I can't wait to get my first newsletter and hopefully someday soon I can afford to subscribe to the magazine. You all sound like a wonderful authentic community of persons and am excited to get back to sewing and will put forth input when I can Ozarkgirle. Have a great Weekend!!!!!!

  93. KrisA May 14th

    Hey Ladies, just finished a skirt from this pattern. And, while I initially had problems with sizing, it came out really cute. (Just like the one I saw in the window of this Italian boutique last summer).

    A photo is posted here.:
    http://forums.threadsmagazine.com/gatherings/fitting/simplicity-patterns-not-true-size

  94. MawNicholson May 17th

    I've been trying to locate an old Simplicity Pattern #5628 for a flowing caftan with batwing sleeves made in 1973. If anyone has one I would love to buy it. Thanks loads, MawNicholson

  95. deChez June 3rd

    Re: the caftan pattern that MawNicholson is looking for. I don't have that exact pattern, but I have one of the same style (and about 5 others) on my website. I'm not sure if it's OK to put my website name here, but I'll give it a shot. http://www.VintageMimi.com

    My apologies if I've broken any rules here.

  96. User avater tgwgws June 13th

    Anyone know how to get the pattern for the green dress in the June/July 2010 Threads article "Bias-tube Filigree"?

  97. antiM June 20th

    to MawNicholson: re Simplicity 5628 caftan pattern

    There's a used one available for $5 at:

    http://www.artfire.com/modules.php?name=Shop&op=listing&product_id=1350127

  98. Michelle463042002 June 23rd

    I just subscribed to Threads, hello all :) I have a question, or request actually. I have loved the dress that Marilyn Monroe wore in the movie Some Like it Hot, or I should say one of the dresses. The black dress she wears walking to the train in the beginging of the movie. I would love to find a pattern to make it. Any ideas anyone?

  99. User avater craes June 24th

    i am interested in learning to make purses such as totes and other kinds. i know a little about sewing but not much. reading a pattern is like a foreign language to me. so if anyone has some suggestions on whats the best way to learn this plz let me know thx

  100. SerendipityMuse July 9th

    @ craes: Not knowing your learning style, I can only make some suggestions. Try the "fundamentals" section above (on the right menu). There are literally hundreds (maybe thousands?) of websites that teach basic sewing skills. Also videos on YouTube. Your local 4H or night school may have a beginners course. Or your local fabric shop.

  101. somass August 31st

    I love Threads magazine! I have a question regarding a pattern tested and reviewed in the November 2009 edition. It is Vogue 1087 and is illustrated made up in a yellow stretch fabric. I loved it the moment I saw it, but am having problems with construction and fit. My body measurements do not fit within any one size, and patterns usually require alteration before any fabric is cut. Because of the very different design of this dress pattern it is not easy to alter. Does anyone have any ideas?

  102. User avater JoaniesJosh September 4th

    Re: Sewing In a Zipper
    I've been trying everywhere to get instructions on how to handle a center back zipper when a sleeveless dress is completely lined. I seen RTW made this way (on better RTW) and I would love to learn what the steps are in creating a garment like this. The RTW appears to have no hand-stitching when inserting the zipper. Please help this Grandmother achieve this goal.


  103. cindysews September 7th

    To somass: I recently made an ultrasuede jacket and I have alterations that I always have to make. This jacket also had a zillion pieces. I made a muslin (or test sample) and once I had the fit the way I wanted it, I took it apart and adjusted the pattern. Everything was machine basted so taking it apart was quick. Good Luck!!

  104. JulieAnnO September 13th

    Hi, I am a new member and looking forward to this. I went through the posted pictures of things that you girls have sewn and was impressed with you ideas and talent.

  105. zybet October 1st

    Hi! I need vogue pattern nr 8259 by Claire Shaeffer. Can somebody help me to find it? Thanks.

  106. deemail October 4th

    for Joaniesjosh....I know this is a month old but if you have not finished this dress or would like to make another like it...the zipper should be finished BEFORE the dress is assembled.

    1. put all darts and waist seams (if applicable) in dress back
    2. put same seams in lining back
    3. sew back dress neck to back lining neck
    4. baste zipper in dress back
    5. fold lining back over (right side to right side) and sew thru back, zipper and lining all at once
    6. assemble dress front and lining front in a similar way, leaving side seams and shoulder seams till last...
    7. now sew shoulder seams from dress front/back all the way thru lining front/back...armhole will be raw
    8. sew side seams the same way, dress to dress, lining to lining
    9. face armholes with more lining fabric
    10. hem dress and lining separately, attaching at side seams with thread 'leashes'

    every edge should be finished at this point

  107. nanniejane October 20th

    Does anyone have a copy of the article on "The Little Blue Dress" by David Dobsevage from Threads No. 7 in 1984? I will pay for a copy of the article if anyone has it. It would be a beautiful dress for my granddaughter. Thanks,

    nanniejane @ nanniejaneroland@aol.com

  108. Anoel53 October 22nd

    Hi Everyone,

    I am looking for a New Look pattern-6181. It is a swing coat pattern, it has a long and short version.
    Let me know how much, I appreciate it.

  109. Basteless October 24th

    I am simplifying my life and have between 55 and 60 patterns free to a good home for the cost of shipping. Can anyone tell me the best way to find interested parties? Thanks

  110. pamrod October 24th

    Basteless, I do a lot of home sewing and would be only too happy to have those patterns you are offering. You can rest assure they would be in a "good home" as I am very meticulous in caring for my patterns. I will look out for your response and then we can take it from there.

  111. pamrod October 26th



    Basteless, my email address is pr25white@yahoo.com. You can email me. I am looking forward to hearing from you. Thanks.

  112. andreita October 27th

    Basteless, I'm looking for patterns Size 12. You can email me at furslipper@yahoo.com.

    Thank you.

  113. Kiltkaren November 1st

    Looking for information on how to make an authentic kilt. Read there was an article posted in this magazine titled "Techniques for Casual Clothes" 1994. All help is appreciated.

  114. ellie53 November 1st

    I'm new to this and I glad there r people out there that share a passion as i do. I look forward to making friends, networking, etc.

  115. OneLonestar November 15th

    I also have some unused patterns I would like to find good homes for. Simplicity, Butterick, McCalls and Vogue as well as a couple of Kwik Sew and a few others!

  116. User avater justpaintit November 17th

    Hi, I would love to know what type of patterns you have that you are interested in getting rid of. Thank you, Just Paint It email: justpaintit@cox.net

  117. User avater justpaintit December 15th

    This pattern is like the skirt my Grandmother made me for a school play in the late 70's.

  118. User avater 416 January 3rd

    I have copies of original fashion pages from 1913 to 1937 from Delineator, McCall and Butterick magazines. They are great for fashion design students, vintage pattern makers, or just to browse through. I use them to draft patterns for my 22" fashion doll. You can email me at jbdean3@yahoo.com if you are interested but be sure to put 416 in the subject line.

  119. butterflylady4 February 8th

    I am looking for patterns for the 11 1/2 inch fashion doll-I had all of them at one time, but in a move they got lost some how. I especially like the bridal outfit but will like all patterns --sewing and knitting. you can contact me at jamalou_malaki@yahoo.ca all patterns will be greatly appreciated. Thanks

  120. mom2jbj February 17th

    Looking for bolera pattern w/ cap sleeve, scalloped front.
    My daughter desires to wear with her wedding dress.

    We have looked in bridal stores, the cost is out of her budget.

    Thank you.

  121. Villa_for2 March 2nd

    You will find bolero patterns on ebay and the scallops pattern may be found separately. Just type in "pattern, scallops", or bolero.

    I have graded some bolero 40s patterns to size. Just look up grading in your older magazines.

  122. rpaul March 8th

    I recently got the new issue of Sew Stylish. Am I missing something, or are there no markings on the patterns for the Twisted cowl tank, or the wrap dress.The directions refer to these marks, but they are not on the pattern. Please put these on the website or email me. Love the styles and want to make them as soon as possible. Thanks.

  123. User avater mollyboutique March 12th

    New to this site so have not read all comments but I'm looking for a shirt pattern for slinky, stretchy material - long sleeves and collar with zipper front preferably. Would really appreciate hearing from anyone who might have a pattern like this. Thanks in advance.

  124. GaleG March 24th

    ANSWER TO: Graciaella writes: What is a sloper/muslin? How are they used? Do you make one for ever item you choose to make?

    Go here for an excellent explanation of what a sloper is and how to use it:

    http://www.threadsmagazine.com/item/4498/the-merits-of-a-basic-fitting-pattern

  125. iHeartSewing May 17th

    I'm attempting to make a bathing suit...the pattern calls for two way stretch jersey...can I use the fabric labeled dance and swim wear? Just want to make sure before I buy it. If I'm between sizes to I just cut the pattern for the biggest and take it in?

    Please help! Thanks!!

  126. LuvinLycra May 18th

    To Mollyboutique: Visit www.paintedponywesternwear.com for some patterns you may be interested in. She specializes in fabric and supplies for western show apparel and works primarily in stretch fabrics, long sleeves, zip front etc. Sounds just like what you are looking for. Even better yet, give her a call. She's willing to help you with your questions or find resources for what you need. Even if doesn't carry it she'll help you track it down. Contact info is on the website.

    We saw her at an equine expo where she did a seminar on show clothes and it took the mystery out of so many of the questions we had about sewing with stretch fabrics and using the patterns. Absolutely loved it!!!

  127. LuvinLycra May 18th

    Answer to: iHeartSewing writes: I'm attempting to make a bathing suit...the pattern calls for two way stretch jersey...can I use the fabric labeled dance and swim wear? Just want to make sure before I buy it. If I'm between sizes to I just cut the pattern for the biggest and take it in?

    If it were me, I would prefer the swimsuit fabric and this is why. The weight, usually 4-6, oz is more substantial without being too heavy. It will hold shape better when wet and not possibly be so thru either. It is also designed for UV and chemical resistance which can cause fading and bleaching. Most, but not all, jersey knits tend to have cotton blends in them which can also shrink or cause sagging problems later. If they are all synthetic fibers, then they may be good to use. I don't usually worry if they are 2 or 4 way stretch unless it's critical to the fit. Two way stretch will be just fine, as long as you remember to use it for going where you need the stretch the most...around the body.

    As for sizing. Double check your pattern for what I call "reality" sizing. There can be some big differences from one pattern/company to the next. Take nothing for granted; especially when fitting for something that is to be worn this close to the body. And rule of thumb: Measure twice and cut once. Bigger is always better in this case. I can't ad more room later once I've cut it out. If you use a serger, which I highly recommend, it's a simple matter of serging to fit. You can always take a little serged trim here or there to whittle it down to size.

    Hope this helps!

  128. iHeartSewing May 19th

    LuvinLyrica, thanks so much for the help!! I definately plan to use your advice!

  129. happy88player July 13th

    I'm looking for a simple tunic pattern with a stand up collar and 3/4 length sleeves.

  130. User avater fionak4 August 9th

    Hi carpinteyrogsx
    As long a s you save the docs you use, make in as 2007 docs you will be fine.
    Fiona

  131. RAYMOND11 September 13th

    Ya Ya Ya Where are the patterns for men?

  132. User avater ArkansasValentine October 13th

    I love the new 'color block' dresses I'm seeing on celebrities. The patterns they use give the impression of hourglass figures, or waistlines where there aren't any! I found one pattern online from the 1970's, but the seller only has a MUCH smaller size, and it would require my adding sleeves, changing size, changing neckline, so...meh. Has anyone seen a good currently available pattern for colorblock dresses?

  133. patternfreak October 18th

    Check out suitability.com for really great patterns for english and western show clothes. They also have patterns for Hay bags, horse blankets and similar projects.

  134. patternfreak October 18th

    Sewingpatterns.com is a great site for looking at patterns from all the different pattern companies; you can even compile a list of all your favorite patterns and store it on there. They also have a lot of independent pattern companies. Folkwear has an authentic kilt pattern, I believe.

  135. luvswv October 18th

    I am 71 years old 4'11" and little chunky. It is so hard to find patterns suitable for my build and age. In spite of my age and size, I don't want little-old-lady stuff.

    Any ideas for people like me?

  136. gfgriner October 25th

    To luvswv:

    I have the same problem -- I may be a 'little old lady' but don't treat me like one. Surfing the net today I found Leko patters on http://sewingpatterns.com. The pattern comes on a cd which has a program in which you enter your measurements. Sounds good to me. The hard part may be printing the pattern on a standard printer. Guess it must come in pieces that you tape together. The cds run about $13 each plus probably some shipPing.

    Glennis Griner
    Hope Mills, NC

  137. cynret October 28th

    Looking for hints about sewing with sweater knits and possiblt patterns to use.

  138. zybet October 29th

    To CYNRET: Click on www.emmaonesock.com and go on sewing guides [on left]. There you will find good informations about sewing with sweater knits. This is my nr1 webside to buy fabrics. Good luck.

  139. User avater quarterscalesewer November 16th

    hello i am new here and so glad i found this site.
    i have a few questions
    first i would like any recommendations on a good book on hat making. as my name implies i sew in quarter scale and really would love to make some hats for my dolls. the book of course needs to show instructions along with pictures.

    also i am looking into patternmaking software. while the demos are helpful i am not sure about buying one. is there any place that sells used software so i can try them out without the big pricetags?

    also would really like to find a pattern for a cowboy hat.

    thanks for any help

  140. Texasbonnet December 19th

    I am new to sewing or at least have not sewn in about 40 years. Might as well be new! Chuckles I am delighted to find this website. I've already learned a lot from reading. Thanks to all of you

  141. patcrip January 31st

    how do i keep from puckering at the croch of a pair of pants.
    i am really having a hard time with it can you help me

  142. Jet2Create February 3rd

    Great to have lots of choices in picking a pattern.

    Is it me, or are there coming more and more good quality patterns these days?

    Simplicity is getting better, Burda's too, some European magazines, like Knip and (my favorites) My Image and Young Image Magazine.

    More companies means lower prices, a good thing :-)

  143. User avater yaz11 February 10th

    Here's a pattern for a peplum top partially made with an old cashmere sweater. why not recycle them? http://lulushion.blogspot.com/2012/02/recycle-your-old-sweaters.html

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    Has anyone used Marfy patterns?? I am not professional but surely do like some of the Marfy dresses and was wondering if they re complicated to make since they do not include step by step sewing instructions. Can some one help?
    Carroll

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