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Threads #201, Feb./March 2019

Pattern Review: Atacac Sharewear No. 17 Shirt

This is a one-piece pattern for a top with an asymmetrical V-neckline and angled front seam, Y-shaped back seam, and sleeves that wrap from the back panel and are inset…


  • Pattern Review: Marfy 6107 Coat

    This updated classic coat has an exaggerated funnel-like, cut-on collar that may be worn closed with a button or open. It also features front and back princess seams, in-seam pockets,…

  • Pattern Review: BurdaStyle Sweetheart Neckline Dress

    A fitted, feminine design with a midcalf hemline, this dress has short raglan sleeves with three front and back raglan seam pleats, a scooped neckline with two curved inserts to…

  • Pattern Review: Simplicity 8655 Ensemble

    This ensemble gives curves a streamlined look. Included is a tie-front blouse with extralong tails and wide, three-quarter sleeves with dropped shoulder seams.

  • Fabric Lab: Stretch Mesh

    Fashion-forward, comfortable knits work well for today’s styles.

  • Custom Tunic

    Convert a shirt pattern into a contemporary cowl top.

  • The Material Influence

    New York exhibition explores the link between textile innovation and garment design.

  • Iron Options

    Current features deliver efficiency, performance, and ease of care.

  • Double-Fold Bias Binder

    You can re-create the beautiful binding found on ready-to-wear T-shirts and tops with the double-fold bias binder attachment for knits or wovens. This accessory is a useful addition to your…

  • Precise Interior Finish

    When I sew a tailored coat or jacket, I put a finishing touch on the inside that shows how well the garment is made. This is mostly for my own…

  • Quick Fitting Solutions

    With a few easy adjustments, patterns work better for real bodies.

  • Notions: Issue 201

    Laser Guidance A sewing machine’s seam guide is useful for straight seam allowances no more than about 1-1/2 inches wide. The Vivilux 3-in-1 Rechargeable Laser System offers greater flexibility and…

  • Essential Techniques: Patch Pocket Primer

    Patch pockets grace every style and type of garment—shirts, jackets, skirts, and pants. They appear on tops, bottoms, fronts, backs, and sides. Patch pockets are popular, and they may seem…

  • Sewing Saves: Fix a Too-Tight Waistband

    If the conventional straight waistband on your skirt is too tight, but the rest of the skirt still fits, replace the waistband with a waist facing. This method gains you…

  • Closures: "Finding My Own Way" by Joanne Fray

    In the early 1950s, when I was in junior high school, we were required to take sewing. My sewing teacher made it clear that there was only one right way…

  • Pattern Hack: Interlocking Loops

    Add an edge detail to lace garment sections together.

  • The Davidow Edge

    Learn a designer’s patented facing alternative.

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