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I love the magazine but….

Ikebana152 | Posted in Feedback on Threads on

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I just read the latest issue of Threads and of course I learned something new.  I usually do.  The article with frayed edges mounted on tulle has inspired a design idea for a project.

I am disappointed however by the lack of attention to modern style.  The article about designing a travel wardrobe had good information but the clothing pictured was sack like and uninspired.  I am in my late 50’s and know very few middle aged woman who want to dress like shapeless matrons.  I’ve seen more attractive scrubs in hospitals.

If Threads wants to continue to inspire the next generation of women to engage in this wonderful craft, get some younger newer eyes on the editorial staff who have a fresher styling eye, will review more current designs and write articles to produce more fashionable  clothes.

When I go to Paris in the fall, I want a sleeveless coat with a faux collar like those I saw in Zara and other stores,not a suitcase full of droopy shapeless “couldn’t find a dart anywhere” garments that were featured in this last issue.  

High end companies like La Perla are mixing textiles like lace and neoprene, Gloves are being made with patches at the finger so that you can access your phone or IPad and not remove your gloves.  Recently I found several women’s coats with breast pockets inside, a nice trend.  Unlined garments with beautiful Honk Kong seam finishes  and dresses made from synthetics that do not fray so they are not hemmed at all have surprised me in the stores.  Write about these things, please! 

Teach us to  make modern stylish clothes!



  1. jleaberry | | #1

    I completely agree!  I was so excited when I saw the article, but was really let down when I saw the actual clothing.  It honestly reminded me of the clothing you see for sale in the back of the coupon magazines.  I'm in my late 20s and traveling to Spain next month and I would've loved to have seen maybe a cute tunic over leggings, or a jersey knit wrap dress, or a bold print kimono jacket.  I'm all for comfort and a nice neutral capsule wardrobe when you're traveling, but you can do better Threads!

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      smcfarland | | #3

      Hi jleaberry,

      Thanks for reading, and commenting on this topic in the forum. I wrote a response to Serral's comment on the "Sew a Travel Wardrobe" story in Threads no. 183 (Feb./March 2016), and I wanted to respond to your comment as well.

      The story was intended to give you the underlying principles and concept of creating a capsule wardrobe. It sounds as if you have some specific garments in mind that are perfect for your style and circumstances. In the Pattern Review department for 184, our current issue, we have a great knit wrap dress, the Gillian Dress 1402 from Muse Patterns, and McCall's 7196, an asymmetrical tunic. They might be just what you are looking for.

      Whatever you wear, have a fabulous time in Spain!

      Happy sewing,

      Sarah McFarland, Editor 

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    smcfarland | | #2

    Re: Sew a Travel Wardrobe

    Hi Serral,

    Please forgive the delay in reponse. I understand that the garments in "Sew a Travel Wardrobe" in Threads no. 183 (Feb./March 2016) didn't appeal to you, and some other readers. On the other hand, I received letters from readers who loved the styles. Some readers request fitted garments, while others ask for loose garments. We have readers ask for vintage styles, and other readers request contemporary styles. Some sewers want work clothes, and others say they are retired and want casual looks. The team here works hard to put a mix of styles into each issue (and our ages cover four decades).

    The point of the travel wardrobe story, and most Threads articles, was not to direct you to make any particular garments, but to give you the inspiration and skills to sew what you want to create. You can apply the principles in the story to creating a travel wardrobe of your dreams, with darts.

    That said, thank you for the story ideas. We do have an article on neoprene coming up, and I think you would enjoy Kenneth D. King's article "Hot Pocket," in Threads no. 136 (April/May 2008). It covers his technique for adding a hidden breast pocket to a jacket lining. As for Hong Kong finishes, we've covered many variations over the years. The tried-and-true techniques come up again and again.


    Sarah McFarland, Editor

  3. clakken | | #4


    than you share

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