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Sewing with Threads Podcast

Gilbert Muniz on Experimenting and Creating | Episode 56

Video: Threads magazine

The endlessly creative Gilbert Muniz likes experimenting when it comes to sewing and design. He encourages others to do the same—and have some fun with it, he tells the Threads editors in Episode 56 of the Sewing with Threads podcast.

Getting creative with sleeves

Muniz, an adjunct professor at Houston Community College and a Threads digital ambassador, recently got creative with designs for sleeves. He shares his process for altering a basic sleeve for sewing multiple looks in his five part series, Redesigning Sleeves. His step-by-step instructions make it easy for someone else to try.

His favorite, the cutaway sleeve, offers options. “You can play around with the way this seam works and just kind of have fun with it,” he says in the podcast.

Experimenting with a cutaway sleeve, from Gilbert Muniz's Redesigning Sleeves series
The seam on a blouse’s cutaway sleeve can be moved, giving you a lot of design options, says Gilbert Muniz. He shows how to create this sleeve in Part 2 of his series on redesigning sleeves.

Surface design

Find out why Gilbert calls himself the “hippie draper” and from where he draws his inspiration. He explains his affinity for patternmaking and how he developed his love of surface design when he could not find fabrics he wanted to work with

“I kept thinking, ‘Why can’t I just paint this myself or print this myself?’ ” he says. “I ended up teaching myself about surface design.”

When he did, he was well on his way to becoming a designer.

“I can make the fabric and I can design the dress,” he remembers thinking. “There’s no stopping me now.”

Experimenting and learning

Gilbert talks about his creative workspace, his designing and sewing “mistakes,” and the benefits of experimentation.

Trying out different design and sewing techniques, “boils down to finding out what works best for you,” he says. It is how he learned many of the embellishment techniques he shares today online at StitchingVulture.com, in the classroom, and through Threads magazine.

This teacher is constantly learning. Right now, his biggest challenge is a sewing technique he is sure will help him with some of his other embellishment work. Find out which technique it is and how much time he may need to get the hang of it.

See some of Gilbert’s embellishment tutorials:

“How to Make Those Unforgettable Sequin Flowers”

“Runway Sewn Your Way Technique: Gilbert Muniz’s Batik Circles”

“How to Sew Shisha Embroidery”

Shisha Embroidery


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  1. fashionmavin | | #1

    Gilbert was a pleasure listening to. He seemed to be very honest in his conversation about himself and others especially on You Tube wanting that "click" moment. I have to agree with him on that. Hopefully he will be making another return to the show.

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