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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.

  • How to Drape the Hip Detail from a 1940s Gown

    Of all the details on this 1940s gown, the draped hip stands out the most. Reminiscent of chiseled stone gowns of classic Roman sculpture, this shape is mysteriously achieved to…

  • The same fabric is used throughout. Only the grain is changed.

    How Did They Sew That? How to Create Dazzling Criss-Crossed Gores

    This 1930s dress, made of molten-looking silk charmeuse, might light up a room like a bonfire. With just a little movement by the wearer, the gown shimmers from the scooped…

  • How to Sew Fabric Confection

    How to Embellish with Pleated Bands for Stunning Organic Detail

    This buttery stunner in rayon crepe is a study in the powerful effects of understated embellishment.

  • Purple dress with banded armscye

    How to Make a Banded Armscye

    This 1930s floor-length evening gown exudes elegance. The star-studded midnight crepe fabric hugs the body starting at the fitted empire midriff, then flares at the bias-cut skirt’s hem. Sprinkled with…

  • How to Sew Velvet Bands

    How to Sew Velvet Bands

    Self-fabric ornamentation is an understated yet elegant addition to any textile or garment. When paired with a sheer companion fabric, the results are fetching. This circa 1939 velvet evening gown…

  • How to Hand-Roll a Hem

    Floral-print silk chiffon epitomizes the wonderful sensations of a summer’s day. Though this dress is from 1935, it is perfect for this year’s garden party. Light, airy, and translucent, the…

  • How Did They Sew That? A Space-age Butterfly

    Heading to the theater, you say? An opera? A New York City gala? This 1930s rose-pink silk taffeta gown is ready to hit the town in any decade. Its futuristic…

  • How to Smock a Bodice

    This golden yellow gown features a sophisticated smocking pattern that calls to mind a honeycomb. Fashioned out of ethereal silk chiffon, the dress gets its classic shape and distinctive texture…

  • Enhance Garment Edges with Echo Stitching

    This circa 1940 rayon day dress must have been fairly simple to sew and fun to wear and accessorize. It offers a wonderful setting for extra details that highlight the…

  • How to Sew Fabric Feathers

    This 1930s gown is equal parts elegant, fun, and flirty. It’s made of an airy rayon georgette with an abstract floral print. The pullover dress is graced with a cowl…