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Sewing with Threads Podcast

Choosing the Right Fabric for a Pattern | Episode 20

In the Sewing with Threads Episode 20 video podcast, custom clothier and teacher Pamela Howard discusses how to select fabrics that work for a chosen pattern and which fabrics are the most flattering for your shape. Her suggestions go well beyond the fabrics recommended on a commercial pattern.

Pamela, who is also a Threads digital ambassador, also discusses what she is sewing for herself now—BurdaStyle biker jacket 3/2019—and what are her favorite sewing terms. She even shares the delightful story of how she got started with sewing.

She and the Threads editors come up with a fabric selection checklist for beginner and intermediate sewers.

Threads Insiders can learn from Pamela’s alterations expertise in “Replace a Coat Lining,” Threads #188 (Dec. 2016/Jan. 2017).




Follow Pamela Howard’s instructions in “Replace a Coat Lining,” Threads #188. Photo by Jack Deutsch.

Then look for Pamela’s article on lining knit garments in Threads #206 (Dec. 2019/Jan. 2020) and her Threads blog posts.

In the podcast, Pamela offers advice on styling/altering a ready-to-wear blouse, too. The wide ruffle along the hem was not flattering, so Pamela and the editors devised a solution.

Pamela Howard and the Threads editors discuss how to alter the wide ruffle along the bottom of this lightweight cotton and silk ready-to-wear blouse. Photo by Jack Deutsch.

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  1. user-6617347 | | #1

    I really enjoyed the presentation. Hearing Pamela talk about bengaline and ottoman fabrics made me realize that there are things about fabrics that I don't know. Thanks for making me want to investigate further.

  2. user-1045905 | | #2

    I especially appreciated the comments near the end, re size - that was just the encouragement I needed, right now : ) Thanks, ladies!

  3. cap4life | | #3

    Love this podcast. Pamela is super knowledgeable - learned about some fabrics that I'd never researched.

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