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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 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…

  • How to Sew a Bejeweled Waist

    Destined for the social event of the season, this 1930s gown is fit for one of high society’s doyennes or one of Hollywood’s glamorous stars. The simple cut of the…

  • How Did They Sew That: Edged with Elegance

    Designs weave in and out of fashion through the decades and sometimes even hundreds of years. The simple pullover style of this ensemble’s top has been worn for centuries, yet…

  • How to Sew Corded Tucks

    Once upon a time, lovely blouses, like this 1940s top, peeked out from beneath women’s practical jackets and cardigans. These elegant garments often had necklines splendid enough to make jewelry…

  • Essential Techniques: Utility Stitch Guide

    When I set out to write about utility stitches, I fell down the proverbial rabbit hole. There are two fundamental utility stitches: the straight stitch and the zigzag. Those two…