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Kenneth D. King

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Kenneth D. King, a Threads magazine contributing editor, is a sewing and couture expert and an adjunct instructor at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in Manhattan. He also teaches at his studio in New York City and travels extensively in the United States, teaching fitting and couture sewing techniques. Kenneth produces one-of-a-kind, made-to-measure pieces for women and men, as well as limited-edition pieces for boutiques. His work is in the permanent collections of several museums, including the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and San Francisco’s DeYoung Museum, as well as in many private collections. Kenneth was the 2013 recipient of the Association of Sewing and Design Professionals Lifetime Achievement Award.

  • Create Defined Shoulders by Borrowing a Vintage Detail

    The defined shoulder is having a moment. It doesn’t have to be broad or heavily padded, though. Incorporating a design detail that calls attention to a strong shoulder line will…

  • Doll Series: The Little Sewing Tools

    Learn which tools and notions Kenneth D. King uses to assemble tiny couture garments.

  • Doll Series: The Little Dress

    I've gotten a number of requests for the pattern to this little sheath dress, so Crazy Bella, my 11 1/2-inch-tall sidekick, suggested we give it out and show how to…

  • Doll Series: The Little Trousers

    As you see from Crazy Bella's outfit, well-fitting trousers are crucial for anyone's wardrobe. We will be constructing fully lined trousers from this pattern. Trouser patternwork The pattern we are…

  • Doll Series: The Little Blouse

    Crazy Bella likes to wear halter blouses, so she's sharing her little blouse pattern and instructions with you. She's such a doll! Little blouse patternwork You can download the pattern…

  • Make a Dress Form Arm

    A dress form, especially one that has been customized to resemble your figure, is an invaluable fitting tool. However, a standard torso-only form doesn’t give you a complete picture. Whether…

  • Hunter Reynolds’ Memorial Dress: An Update

    A new exhibition of the artist and AIDS activist's work occasions repairs to an important gown.

  • How to Copy a Pleated Skirt

    There are times when you really love a garment, and want it in another color or fabric. Or, the garment has worn out but you’re not ready to part with…

  • Streamlined Tailoring

    For colder weather, lofty wool fabrics that have been felted, fulled, or boiled are cozy and comfortable. They are thick enough that you can use them as a single-layered, unlined…

  • Restoring the Memorial Dress by Hunter Reynolds

    Couture expert Kenneth D. King explains his process for restoring a ballgown artwork for a London exhibition.