Threads 113 – what I loved/didn’t love
Though it wasn’t a style that I think would look good on everyone, I loved the article by Anna Mazur. Her suit, like all her work is impeccable. It’s probably one of the most perfect examples of why I read threads. I love the designer challenge as well, it really helps to think about what I might do with fabric that I wouldn’t have thought about… I think (uh oh, how many times have I used that word?!) maybe I’ll throw some pieces together from my stash and come up with some parameters for my own personal challenge to see how creative I can be. I did mention on another topic that I missed seeing some photos (if they were there) from the challenge, i.e. the halter to bag garment/item, I’d like to see more detail/up close photos on things like this. It seems in most challenges we see different views/conversions/inside/outside or other close up detail of the designers’ work and in this issue most were smaller photos and all looked to me like we were seeing a person in jackets out of great fabric, except for the back view of one…. somehow it seemed to miss some of the unique detail of other issues’ challenges. As mentioned I’ve only gotten to flip through the issue briefly so these are some first thoughts without careful reading yet.
I may step on some toes here but I thought the fabric insertion article, while I suppose will be useful in the technique it features, featured a dress that was, well, unflattering at best… everyone doesn’t have to look like a slim trim 5’11” model, but the word garish came to mind… when I read it I will try and focus on technique only and not design of the example shown. I mention this only because, while I looked forward to the article featuring multiple ways to use the same pattern (was it called “fabrications” again? LOVED the first one!), I, frankly, found the “fabrications” of the dress to be Sew News style clothes – SO not Threads… it was probably just coincidental that these and the insertion dress appeared in the same issue, but if it were the first time I were looking at Threads on the newsstand and just flipping through it quickly – I’d have put it back.