In the spirit of the ongoing discussions about Threads I’ve been thinking about articles I’d like to see and why. I’m a relatively new subscriber to Threads so I have no idea if these things have been done in the past or not but here is my wish list:
Hatmaking – I suspect there is a lot that can be learned and used elsewhere in the basics of hatmaking. And since it can combine the arts of sewing and fiber manipulation it may be of interest to more than one kind of subscriber.
Articles that are devoted to certain decades – I’d love to see the inside of some of those ’40’s jackets and their shoulder pads, or the boning in some of the dresses of the ’50’s, or the quality and origins of the silks used in the ’20’s and ’30’s or just the finishing of some of the really old garments that had to be made by hand. A nice reference guide to vintage patterns of that decade would be great, too.
Movie fashions, particularly of the ’50’s dance variety – I’ve been watching a lot of TCM lately and noticed how incredible some of the dresses were. Not only is the style unique in the combination of colors, collars, cuffs, etc. but the flow of the garment when they danced was just fantastic. What is it made from? How is it cut so that the skirt looks full until she twirls and you can see that there are panels and slits all the way up to the waist? How did they do that?
Reviews of magazines that offer patterns inside – for example Burda Moden, Patrones, Sabrina, Knipmode, Ottobre – how difficult are these patterns? All of these are from countries outside the US and not necessarily in English – is it essential to be able to read the directions? Or do you just need to be an expert at sewing? I’m guessing that a lot of people have never heard of some of these magazines – getting people to ask for them might be a good way to get book stores more interested in carrying them.
Details – like how to use a binding maker – until recently I never knew that this little gizmo existed. I would have no idea how to use it or which materials it would work with and which wouldn’t. And I’m sure there are 100 more gizmos out there that I’ve never heard of.
Trials and tribulations of working with (fill in the blank) – silk dupioni, silk chiffon, taffeta, fleece, velvet, leather. I would be interested in everything from what you need to do before you cut it, to what needle to use, to how to keep it from fraying, to how careful you have to be to not permanently crease it while you’re working on it. When I start on a new project with something I’ve never used before I’m usually clueless.
Men’s products – I’d like to know how to make a nice men’s tie or bow tie or cummerbund. How much material does it take, what goes inside and where do you get the hardware to finish it? And where do you find patterns for these?
Clothing for industries – scrubs, lab coats, aprons. I’m sure that I can learn something useful in the construction of these garments even if I don’t need them myself and having a reference guide as to where you’d get patterns for these things would be nice, too.
Dance costumes – again, I’m sure I can learn something here about fabric and what flows and how to embellish them that I would use in my own wardrobe. Who knows, in the future I might volunteer to make costumes for a dance studio or maybe even get paid to do it.
Small holiday projects – I would love a reminder year round that the holidays are coming. I’m guessing that people who are killing themselves to get everything done this month are probably thinking that they should have started earlier. I would love to see stockings, ornaments, decorative boxes, etc. in each magazine all year long. It might actually get me motivated earlier.
Fabric information – I’ve seen the girls at the fabric store light a swatch on fire to determine what a fabric was. How do they know what fabric will do what when it’s lit on fire? What makes a satin? Is it the material or the weave? These are the things that would be good to know so that I don’t get steered in the wrong direction in the fabric store because I don’t exactly know what I’m asking for. And with this era of buying online without being able to touch the fabric, it’s even more important.
Embellishing – using all different fabrics or ideas. Show me a white t-shirt that five different people have embellished using their favorite way – with ribbons, with beads, with dies, with scissors. I’m open to any and all suggestions and I’m fascinated by all of them even if I won’t use them all.
OK. Sorry. Whew! Got carried away! Can you tell I love fabric? I’d love to be able to put that love into a career (I think articles on that have been suggested before but I’d like to reiterate that suggestion).
Thank you for giving us an open forum! What other articles do subscribers want to see?