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Do You Have Questions for Sewing Expert Angela Wolf?

The cameras in our Threads video studio have been rolling nonstop to bring you sewing advice and how-to instruction from the industry’s top experts. Kenneth D. King, Mary Ray, Claire Shaeffer, and Pamela Leggett are among this year’s stars. Don’t miss Smart Fitting with Kenneth D. King, Design Your Own Wardrobe, Couture Sewing Tailoring Techniques, and Serger Techniques. Threads Senior Technical Editor Judith Neukam covers the basics of couture in Season 4 of our Teach Yourself to Sew series (coming this fall). For our next project, we are teaming up with fashion designer and patternmaker Angela Wolf.

Angela will be filming a DVD project in the Threads video studio this week, and we want to hear from you! Do you have any general sewing, patternmaking, or fashion design questions for Angela Wolf? If so, leave your questions in the comments section below by 11:59 p.m., Friday, June 28. We will select a few questions and let Angela take a break from filming One Pattern, Many Ways to answer them. We’ll share Angela’s responses in a video here at

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  1. Rdietz | | #1

    Can you provide any tips on how to sew a silk chiffon dress so that only the sleeves are see-thru? Would you make a slip dress underneath or underline the chiffon fabric?

  2. Ada_B | | #2

    I would like to adjust a pattern so that the shoulder seam lands exactly on the shoulder instead of dropping below the shoulder. What has to be adjusted in the sleeve pattern to account for the change at the shoulder?
    Thanks, Ada_B

  3. 24g | | #3

    how do you make an in slot seam tighter if the garment is too large? i.e. take it in?

  4. daintydeb | | #4

    Can you give us some tips about sewing with fake leather, such as ultra suede or pleather?

  5. user-2068325 | | #5

    I have a few good fabric,Tshirt style dresses,that I love and now they are a bit too tight,especially around the Bust. Do you have any ideas how I might rescue these....I do have some left over materials.

  6. user-2462427 | | #6

    I have a Petite Plus jacket pattern that I am happy with the fit - except the sleeve. Considering it is a tailored style jacket there is way too much gather in the head of the sleeve to be neatly eased into the armhole. Could you please provide some instruction on reducing a two piece sleeve.

  7. Userg202013 | | #7

    I have many nice quality pants made of a wonderful poly fabric. I'd like to change the waist from banded to non-banded. Any suggestions? Is it difficult? Hope you can help. Thanks.

  8. shirleyjean | | #8

    I modified a pants pattern by trimming several inches off of the center front waist (the original pants hung in the front from the waist and looked funny in front) and now it fits perfectly, but the waist band does not fit the pants. I can cut another - I have enough fabric - but how in the world do I create a waste band that will fit? Should I cut it on the bias so it will curve? BTW, I'd like to know the answer to Ada B's question about the drop down sleeve adjustment. All the questions are great! I'm waiting for your answers. Thanks a million.

  9. jcorte | | #9

    As I have matured, I have noticed that my waistbands in my slacks and capri pants have become uncomfortable. They have front fly zippers and one-piece waistbands. Is there any alteration that I can get an inch in the waist without looking unprofessional? I have started curving the waistband in the slacks that I make presently as you have recommended. These are purchased pants, so I do not have any scraps laying around.

  10. MeSewPretty | | #10

    I'm very confused about creating Bust Darts when drafting my own pattern: the mechanics of where should they start? Where should they end? Are they really necessary for the eensy, weeny, itty, bitty, still wearing training bras club members?

  11. sewerplanter | | #11

    I would like to know how to decide how much elastic is needed for the leg holes of underwear, both regular and the high top style. How much elastic is needed for the pantie waist band? Is there a general rule for elastic measurements? Thank you

  12. user-2651485 | | #12

    I'm using a lovely eyelet with a dainty scalloped edge for a skirt, but the pattern bottom is curved, since I want the scalloped edge for the hem HOW?? when the bottom is not straight? Please help

  13. JoFray | | #13

    I am very excited that Angela Wolf will be making a video.
    It's clear that her head is filled with wonderful, creative ideas for sewers.
    I watch her every time she appears on TV and often play the sections that she is in several times.
    Since you have asked for comments, I would like to take this opportunity to make some suggestions for her video presentation.

    1. Please, please, please speak slowly. It takes a few seconds for us to process what you are saying.

    2. Please ask your camera operator to keep the camera focused on the item you are working on and NOT on you. Camera people have a tendency to want to focus on the person who is talking. As a consequence, when you say something "like this" or "you can see" or "watch this," the camer is often showing us your face (lovely as it is) rather than the procedure you are demonstrating.

    3. Please use solid colors and contrasting thread. Seams, folds, and markings do not show up well on prints.

    4. Please take a look at the videos created by Neukam, Shaeffer, King and Cutting for examples of very clear, easy-to-follow videos.

    5. Please have only one piece of fabric on your workspace at any given time. It's very hard to know to what you are referring when you have a pile of different items within view of the camera.

    6. Please avoid moving the fabric around any more than necessary. When a piece is twirled around, thumped up and down, and twisted, it's hard to follow what is happening at any time.

    All that having been said, I look forward eagerly to your video. I am sure I will learn a lot.

  14. AAC | | #14

    I'd like to know where the answer to all these questions are??

  15. Evamarie | | #15

    Thanks for all of your questions! We will soon post some of Angela's answers in a series of web videos right here on

    Evamarie Gomez
    Web Producer

  16. StashaNovak | | #16

    I so agree with JoFray post of July 6, 2013, minus excitement and I can not watch her videos. Her ' presentation", her voice.... and trailing of it....
    If is this standard of presentation, that Threads magazine is going.....Who approved those videos.

    My favourite are Judith Neukam, Kenneth King, Louise Cutting and Claire Shaeffer.

  17. Jan140 | | #17

    When ordering fabric online, how can I tell which way the print/stripe runs. Lengthwise (up/down) the body, or across?
    Some websites don't post the selvage edge in photos. :(

  18. user-2793998 | | #18

    I first watch u on "it so easy" and love your ability to create really great designs, I cant wait to see more!!

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