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Threads #205, Oct./Nov. 2019

Find Your Prints

Choosing prints for a woman’s wardrobe can be a lot like Saturday night at a singles bar: There are many attractive choices on display, but only a select few you…

    Articles

  • Autumn Fashion Forecast

    The 2019 fall/winter ready-to-wear season brought in hints of the 1980s with strong shoulders and dramatic silhouettes. Tailored looks are back in a big way, from blazers to trousers to…

  • Skirt Formula

    In the early days of my career as a designer, I disliked or even feared math. Then I met a great pattern drafting instructor who dispelled my fear and helped…

  • Streamlined Tailoring

    For colder weather, lofty wool fabrics that have been felted, fulled, or boiled are cozy and comfortable. They are thick enough that you can use them as a single-layered, unlined…

  • Reader Tip: Fashion a Zipper Stop

    I recently needed to shorten a separating zipper. With limited local resources and little patience to wait for an online order to arrive, I turned to my jewelry supplies for…

  • A New Way to Fit Sleeves

    I long for an haute couture sleeve. That is, I crave a sleeve that is custom-fitted to my arm and shoulder and that works within the garment’s armscye. After years—or…

    Departments

  • Best Notions for Fall 2019

    Serger cone storage Organize your serger thread cones with this ArtBin Cone Thread Tray. The sturdy plastic base holds wire frames that fit into most serger thread cones. The tray…

  • Fabric Lab: Charmeuse

    Charmeuse is a light- to medium-weight woven fabric with a satin weave, which yields one bright and shiny face, while the reverse is matte. Most garments fabricated in charmeuse feature…

  • Profiles in Sewing: Francesca Sterlacci

    She began her career as a fashion designer specializing in high-end and custom clothing. After many years in the business, Francesca decided to dedicate her time to creating and maintaining…

  • Pattern Hack: Pocket Change

    Pockets are places to put your hands and your possessions, and they provide an opportunity for design exploration. Pocket construction requires a range of skills and attention to detail, but…

  • Essential Techniques: Rely on the Bias

    When I sew, I try to make things easier for myself. I rarely follow the pattern instructions exactly. As I plan the garment construction, I look ahead to anticipate problems…

  • Embellishments: Machine-Embroider on Velvet

    Velvet is sumptuous, with an elegance unlike any other fabric. It was once affordable only for royalty due to its expensive and unusual construction. It is woven on double looms,…

  • Double the Peplum

    The jacket shown at left features a figure-flattering peplum made of two tiers at the waistline. The peplum layers travel from the front vertical darts to the center back, where…

  • Sewing Saves: Fix a Reversed Placket

    I love to make dress shirts. I make enough of them that I rarely bother reading the pattern instructions anymore. When I move along quickly on a project and don’t…

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