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Threads #197, June/July 2018

Make a Clean Zip-Front Opening for an Unlined Garment

Today’s single-layer garments are a challenge to sew with clean and bulk-free openings and edges. A zip-front opening on an unlined jacket or coat often leaves the zipper tape edge…

    Pattern Review

  • Pattern Review: BurdaStyle Cold Shoulder Dress

    Sewing this cold-shoulder tunic or dress is the work of an afternoon. The body is a tapered tube: loose-fitting through the bust and waist, fitted through the hips, narrowing to…

  • Pattern Review: McCall's 7658 Top

    This easy-to-sew McCall's 7658 top consists of a sleeveless pullover shell with a boatneck and bust darts combined with a choice of four shawl-like overlays.

    How Did They Sew That

  • How to Hand-Roll a Hem

    Floral-print silk chiffon epitomizes the wonderful sensations of a summer’s day. Though this dress is from 1935, it is perfect for this year’s garden party. Light, airy, and translucent, the…

  • Olfa straight-handle cutters, $28.54–$11.85 (BuyOlfa.com).

    How to Use Rotary Cutters to Cut Fabric with Ease

    In 1979, Yoshio Okada, founder of the Olfa Corporation, introduced a cutting tool that revolutionized the sewing and quilting worlds. His invention, the rotary cutter, made cutting fabrics more efficient…

    Fabric Lab

  • A selection of different colors of crinkled cloth.

    Sewing Plissé and Crinkled Cloth

    Learn about deliberately puckered fabric in this overview of plissé or crinkled cloth - soft, drapable, and generally easy-care fabrics.

    Essential Techniques

  • The Spin on the Rotary Cutter

    In 1979, Yoshio Okada, founder of the Olfa Corporation, introduced a cutting tool that revolutionized the sewing and quilting worlds. His invention, the rotary cutter, made cutting fabrics more efficient…

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