Why I read Threads
I’ve been sewing since I was a kid, but I’ve never felt confident in my skills and usually felt unhappy with the results. I look to Threads to bring my skill level to another level. I chose Threads, instead of a magazine geared for mid- to average- level abilities, because the articles about very high quality projects challenge me to stretch my skills.
Odd as it may seem, I am usually disappointed by the latest issue – there’s only one or two articles that interest me. But I keep all my back copies, and periodically pick them up and read them. Something that seemed dull 2 or 3 years ago is interesting and thought-provoking today.
I do wish that Threads covered quilting. I also quilt, and would like a magazine that similarly challenged my skills, but I haven’t been able to find one.
Amy, I agree with you that there are sometimes articles I find of moderate interest--they don't get me fired up right off the bat, but often, those are exactly the articles I go back to later for instructions. More than once, usually!
I can't tell you how many times I go back to old issues. I copied all the index pages and keep them at the front of magazine holder of the latest issues. By the way, the new issue came yesterday and I really liked what you did with the pattern. But, a question: Did you change the neckline of your version? It doesnt match the ultra suede version or the pattern picture.
No, the necklines are all the same--the only pattern shape change that was made was to lengthen the sleeves on mine. Judy did turn back the neck on hers to create the lapel/shawl collar look (which is terrifically flattering--Judy is infallable about styling), but otherwise I think any differences you're seeing are due to the angle of the pictures, the model's posture, and also the fabrication choices. In "my" version, there's probably a bit stiffer interfacing at the neck and fronts, and the trim (which has substantial body) stabilizes all the edges quite a lot.
I really have to put in an additional good word for Norma Bucko, our dressmaker. She did a wonderful job of creating these garments, and seemed to enjoy the process, too. Even though each version was from the same basic pattern, the construction was completely different. We left it to her to figure out how to realize our sketches, and you can see that she aced it in every case.
Thanks. I really like taking patterns and changing them to make them mine so the article really interested me.
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