I always look forward to receiving my Threads magazine and issue 150 was no exception. I normally find many articles that appeal to me and some that don’t. Which is fine. I don’t expect to like every single article in every single issue. I actually loved all of the articles except for one.
The article entitled “Go Ahead and Vent” had me so aghast that I felt compelled to write this post. I work in the garment industry in NYC and take couture classes at FIT. One of the primary goals in both ready to wear and couture is to create seams with as little bulk as possible. I am therefore surprised to find in this article that one of the options to creating a vent involves a vent with six (!) layers of fabric along the seam. The finished product at the bottom of page 27 is not a professional looking clean finished vent. From the right side, you can see a portion of the fold sticking out from the hem. Even someone who doesn’t sew would know that this does not look good. I don’t understand why this was even presented as an option. The author says that commercial patterns use this technique – OK, but that does not justify a full page spread on the technique! Or at the very least, a better “end product” sample should have been presented!
The alternative on the next page does produce a much nicer vent. I would have thought that a vent with a mitered corner would have also been presented as an option.
Also, there is no mention anywhere about stabilizing the area of the vent (the “point” of the “V”) which would receive a great amount of stress in a skirt or pant leg. This is an important step in the creation of a vent!
Despite this article, I truly have enjoyed reading this issue and especially loved the article by Claire Schaeffer about the designer Valentina. And I most certainly will be using Kenneth King’s technique presented in Fitting a Sleeveless Garment. And Anna Mazur’s attention to detail evident in her workmanship is just such an inspiration!