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Threads #185, June/July 2016

How Fashion Designers Use Art to Inspire Dressmaking

See how members of the Association of Sewing and Design Professionals (ASDP) found garment inspiration from art masterpieces and famous artists like Monet and Matisse.


  • Sleeve Cutout Technique

    Most embellishments add something to a garment, but removing something can draw attention just as effectively. A row of intriguing cutouts on a garment’s sleeves reveals alluring glimpses of skin.…

    How Did They Sew That

  • A Vintage Blend of Shirring and Velvet

    The blouse shown may date from the second quarter of the 20th century, but its embellishment can be adapted to contemporary looks. Velvet ribbons, each about 1 inch wide, provide…

    Sewing Saves

  • Zipper Installation Fixes for Common Problems

    Every once in a while, something goes wrong with a zipper installation. Your first impulse might be to remove and reinstall the zipper, but if major disassembly is necessary, the…

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