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Threads #194, Dec. 2017/Jan. 2018

Create Precise Edges on Collars and Lapels

A quality collar and lapel can make any jacket appear to be a designer garment. Precise edges of these details enhance a jacket’s appearance.

    Pattern Review

  • Pattern Review: Marfy 4001 A-line Skirt

    The Marfy 4001 is distinguished by an elongated inserted panel with asymmetrical pointed ends that fall below the hemline on the right side.

  • Pattern Review: Dana Marie Princess Layer 1054

    An unlined jacket that also can be made as a vest, this design has many options for personalizing. It has a stand-up collar, front and back yokes, princess seams, in-seam…

  • Pattern Review: New Look 6471 Blouse

    Look to this blouse pattern offering classic details with a contemporary flair. It has raglan sleeves, a gathered neckline that can be made with or without a collar that ties…


  • An image showing frog closures with buttons and loops

    The Art of Kumihimo: Unique Braided Trims

    Kumihimo, the art of Japanese braiding, is simple to learn and even easier to get hooked on. There are innumerable variations, and a change of braiding material further multiplies the…

  • How to Sew Even Bias Fabric Loops

    Sewing expert Susan Khalje shows how to change the closure on a brocade coatdress pattern that called for buttonholes and buttons by substituting bias fabric loops.

    Pattern Hack

  • A model with top that has adjustment to cut flowing accordion- or knife-pleated sleeves.

    Add a Dramatic Pleated Sleeve

    Pleats are having an extended moment in fashion. They offer volume that expands or collapses with the body’s position and movement. Pleats can be endlessly interesting, and they’re fun and…

    How Did They Sew That

  • Frock with petal sleeve

    Petal Sleeve Conversion with Bias Tube Loops

    A simple frock becomes a standout with a few intriguing details. A petal (or tulip) sleeve replaces a more mundane straight sleeve, and rows of bias tube loops add texture…

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