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Threads #195, Feb./March 2018

Add a Low-Profile or In-Seam Pocket

Many garments, even those that are semifitted or fitted, can be made better with a discreet in-seam pocket. I have a great one to share with you. I use this…

    Pattern Hack

  • Adapting a Skirt Pattern with Designer Details

    During a recent online window-shopping spree, I discovered a skirt in a menswear-inspired fabrication that encapsulated some of my favorite style features: a flattering A-line silhouette enhanced with pleats and…

    Pattern Review

  • Pattern Review: Deer and Doe Belladone Dress

    This dress has a close-fitting bodice with bust and waist darts, a three-piece set-in waistband, an A-line skirt with waist tucks in front, back darts, side-seam slant pockets, a center-back…

  • Pattern Review: Orageuse Berlin Skirt

    Design features include a three-piece curved waistband; self-fabric belt and belt loops; front pleats with a tapered crease running down the front length; side-front pockets that have extra volume so…

  • Pattern Review: Simplicity 8467

    One pair of views offers a lined, slightly fitted design with an asymmetric front-zipper closure, a band collar, French darts, and side in-seam pockets.

  • Pattern Review: Bootstrap Fashion Front Drape Tunic

    Bootstrap Fashion patterns offer custom sizing: Input your measurements and the site’s program adjusts the pattern to fit.

    How Did They Sew That

  • How Did They Sew That: Edged with Elegance

    Designs weave in and out of fashion through the decades and sometimes even hundreds of years. The simple pullover style of this ensemble’s top has been worn for centuries, yet…

    Fabric Lab

  • Faux Suede: A Luxurious Easy-Care Fabric

    With a luxurious hand and easy-care reputation, synthetic suede is a fantastic fabric choice, especially when you seek a sumptuous feel without bulk. Halston made it famous in the 1970s…


  • Echoed Embellishment Technique

    I love to experiment with embellishment techniques. As a result, I have a closet filled with samples I’ve made of stitching, appliqué, stenciling, painting, quilting, color-blocking, beading—the list is endless. My…

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