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Check Out the Latest Issue of Threads Magazine | April/May 2018

Learn how to custom-fit pants with vertical seams, and more.


Threads Magazine issue 196 april may 2018

The April/May 2018 issue hit newsstands February 21 and contains feature stories on three high-impact sleeve variations, how to sew a classic fly zipper on denim, pants fitting, the forecast for spring fashion, and more.

There also are sewing tips, fabric inspiration, embellishment techniques, and pattern reviews. Accompanying several stories are Web Extra articles that are only available online.

Threads Insider members will enjoy exclusive 360-degree views of a raglan seam chambray dress from our Pattern Review department. Visit our Insiders page for more information on becoming a Threads Insider member. Insider members receive free digital and tablet access to magazines, exclusive sewing technique videos, our searchable online magazine archive, 360-degree views of select garments, and more.

What you’ll find in Threads #196, April/May 2018:



Precision Placket & Vent

Enhance basic tops with a tab-front or side-seam opening
by Louise Cutting

Premium Denim Details

Use quality fabric, and sew a classic fly zipper
By Jacque Goldsmith

Vertical Seams for Pants Fitting

Create opportunities to custom-fit your shape
By Judith Neukam

Flare for Peplums

From slim to full, there’s a silhouette for every figure
By Judith Neukam

Sleeve Medley

Design three high-impact variations
By Andrea Schewe

Spring Into Fashion

Color and whimsy energize fabric and garment trends
By Stephani L. Miller





Tips—Use painter’s tape instead of pins, a simple way to thread machine needles, easy-access fabric storage

Notions—Adjustable clamp-on task lighting, washable lint rollers, templates for accurate folding and hemming


Fabric Lab—Enchanting eyelet

Embellishments—Weave with rickrack

How Did They Sew That?—Inset fabric bands

Pattern Review

Essential TechniquesSet your zipper straight

Pattern Hack—Knot ordinary sleeves

Sewing Saves—Embroidery to the rescue

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