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Judith Neukam

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Judith Neukam, former executive editor and now a contributing editor at Threads, has been sewing for 60 years. She created and starred in all the Teach Yourself to Sew DVDs and has directed DVDs for many popular sewing instructors. For 13 years, she coordinated the annual design challenge to the Association of Sewing and Design Professionals and was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the organization in 2014.

  • Fitting Revelations

    Uncover style and silhouette clues from purchased garments.

  • How to Sew Floating Taffeta Bands

    Silk tulle is extremely soft and sheer and it provides a different sewing experience from working with a woven fabric. Silk taffeta has a crisp hand, comes in a variety…

  • Double the Peplum

    The jacket shown at left features a figure-flattering peplum made of two tiers at the waistline. The peplum layers travel from the front vertical darts to the center back, where…

  • A New Way to Fit Sleeves

    I long for an haute couture sleeve. That is, I crave a sleeve that is custom-fitted to my arm and shoulder and that works within the garment’s armscye. After years—or…

  • Frame an In-Seam Pocket

    An in-seam pocket is typically almost invisible. Although it is subtle, it provides a convenient storage place for necessities. Inspired by the inventive pocket on the circa 1970 jacket on…

  • The Davidow Edge

    Learn a designer’s patented facing alternative.

  • How Did They Sew That? A Vintage Dress with a Flourish

    A 1968 coatlike dress with elegant details features a wide ruffle that follows the dress's edge around the neckline, down the front, and around the hem.

  • Learn an Easy Way to Piece a Quilt Top

    This technique produces an easy, yet great-looking, quilt. What really makes it fun is how the blocks bloom before your eyes as the piecing comes together.

  • Which Party Fabrics are Best for Your Special Occasion?

    From satins and silks to velvets, brocades, and lace, the key to a fancy frock is all in the textile.

  • New Fashion Design Book on Pleating Goes Beyond Fundamentals

    "Pleating: Fundamentals for Fashion Design" is a primer on pleating techniques that also enlightens readers to the endless design possibilities for pleated garments.