Learn the steps to creating a flattering peplum in Threads #196. Use this free pattern to get started.
Take a look at the spring 2018 fashion runways for fabric and pattern inspiration, and link to techniques for working with specialty fabrics.
Transform a basic one-piece sleeve pattern into one with a stylish retro-modern silhouette.
This retro-style sheath dress was made for "Essential Techniques: Set Your Zipper Straight" in Threads #196 (April/May 2018).
From the Lisette line, this Butterick 6482 dress design has strategic pleats and prominent topstitching.
Embroidery comes to the rescue, with a mending solution for lightweight, translucent fabrics.
Our tester recommends pressing open the curved overarm seam on a ham, as well as clipping and pressing open the lower raglan seam allowances, in order to topstitch these areas…
This lined bomber-style jacket from the Beaute’ J’adore line has subtle designer details.
For the fashion fabric, choose midweight knits with good stretch and recovery, such as ponte, double knits, and interlock knits.
For a custom fit, our tester recommends trying on the pant to determine the snap placement rather than relying on the pattern’s snap placement marking.
Eyelet fabric garments can be simple, sweet, frilly, romantic, whimsical, elegant, or edgy, depending on pattern choice and application.
Learn how to sew belt loops and add a flattering, curved waistband that won't stretch out of shape.
To quickly fit a basic pants pattern adding vertical seams to the front and back is the answer to ideal pants fitting.
The peplum needs the right amount of fullness to create a flattering line, from a modest A-line to much fuller, depending on your shape.
Originally the fabric for the common workman, lowly denim has made its way to high fashion and premium prices for premium denim. When you shop for jeans or other denim…
Your favorite top or blouse pattern is the ideal starting point for a fresh redesign with precision placket and vents. Keep the basic silhouette and fit, and revise the closures,…
Add a unique sleeve to a basic blouse or dress, and you have a showstopping garment.
When you have a tried-and-true top or dress pattern, it’s natural to use it over and over with style updates. I came up with an open sleeve version that incorporates…
Patience, some basting and invisible tape, and directional stitching techniques all make a standard centered zipper lie perfectly straight.
Rickrack is a zigzag braid with a long history. Many of us associate it with little girls’ dresses from the 1950s and ’60s, but I’ve found a way to give…
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