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Threads #202, April/May 2019


  • Pretty Bralettes

    Make easy-to-sew lingerie with comfortable bust support.

  • Quick Knits

    Jump-start a spring wardrobe with two free designs.

  • The Artistry of Amy Nguyen

    Melding traditional techniques and contemporary aesthetics.

  • Pattern Review: Butterick 5930 Dress

    Featuring a vintage-inspired silhouette, this feminine dress flatters many body types. All three views include a fitted, fully lined bodice with a seam at the natural waist, mock crossover front,…

  • Pattern Review: Orageuse Helsinki Blouse

    Reminiscent of a blouson-style top, this surplice-front blouse features four stacked pleats near the waist edge, which are pressed and left unsewn on each side of the crossover front, bust…

  • Pattern Review: Cashmerette Ipswich Swimsuit

    With a one-piece and two-piece version, this swimsuit design has appeal for curvy swimmers with different styles. View A is a swimsuit with a contrast waistband, while view B is…

  • Pattern Hack: Spiral Sleeve

    Incorporate a flounce in one long seam.

  • Q&A: Understand Bobbin Types

    Q: Help! I need more bobbins for my sewing machine, but they all look alike in the store and online. Does it matter what size I get, and if so,…

  • Q&A: Intercontinental Pattern Sizing

    Q: What is the difference between European and American pattern sizing (Marfy vs. McCall’s, for example)? Are European sizes smaller? —Linda Pittman, via email A: Threads editors routinely scrutinize pattern…

  • Reader's Tip: Miniature Pressing Tool

    I sew a lot of doll clothes, and it can be difficult to press small seam allowances open with normal equipment. I’ve looked everywhere for a smaller ham and kept…

  • 8 Best Notions for March 2019

    Buttons with cute images Give garments individualized flair with these crimp-style shank buttons from Winky&Dutch. They are available in a host of fun themes, including sewing and knitting, nautical, and…

  • Blind Hems by Machine

    For nearly invisible machine-sewn blind hems, learn to finish the cut edge, prepare the hem allowance, and choose stitch settings that suit the fabric.


  • Q&A: Identifying Mystery Fabrics

    Q: I bought a beautiful fabric remnant at a rummage sale. It didn’t come with any information about fiber content or manufacturer. I need to get some idea of its…

    Pattern Review

  • Pattern Review: McCall's 7754 Jeans

    Pattern Review: McCall's 7754 Jeans

    For traditional jeans detailing with interesting touches, look to this pants pattern. It has a straight or scalloped waistband, fly-front zipper, five pockets, and back yoke.

    How Did They Sew That

  • Raglan with Structure

    The unusual treatment of the raglan sleeve shoulder in a vintage Leslie Fay double-knit wool dress makes the garment a tasteful standout. A clever pleat accents the shoulder and marries…

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