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Threads, Issue #210, Aug./Sept. 2020

Sew Fancy Fabrics into Everyday Styles

I can’t resist gorgeous, glitzy, over-the-top fabrics: slubby silk dupioni, embroidered silk organza, sumptuous velvet, anything shot with gold or silver threads. However, I don’t have many cotillions, galas, or…

    Articles

  • Learn to Draw Fashion Illustrations

    The expression “a picture is worth a thousand words” is particularly true when it comes to fashion. It’s easier to develop and share ideas for sewing projects when you can…

  • Plan and Sew Precise Mitered Corners

    Nothing elevates the finish of a garment like a beautifully mitered corner. Show off your next-level sewing and attention to detail by adding a perfectly sewn miter to garments at…

  • Add a Sleeve Head to Any Garment

    Garments always look better when their sleeves extend from the body so smoothly the attachment area looks nearly seamless. Even if you manage to control the sleeve-cap ease and avoid…

  • Sew a Better Knit Wrap Dress

    Are you tired of the tug-of-war between fashion and function, between chic and comfortable? Many of my wardrobe planning clients find the easiest answer to balancing those benefits in jersey…

  • Fit a Jumpsuit Pattern Based on Your Measurements

    The first jumpsuit was designed in 1919 by the Italian artist Thayaht (a pseudonym of Ernest Michahelles), who named his one-piece garment “La Tuta.” It was intended as utilitarian apparel…

  • Sew an Invisible Zipper by Hand

    Invisible zippers are my preferred closure, as they provide a clean, bulk-free finish. They are usually inserted by machine sewing with a special foot designed to hold the zipper coil…

    Pattern Review

  • Pattern Review: Thread Theory Newcastle Cardigan

    Thread Theory: Newcastle Cardigan Cozy and sweater-like, this men’s cardigan is great for transitioning between seasons. The pattern includes two style variations. Variation 1 features a 5-1/4-inch-wide shawl collar, as…

  • Pattern Review: Pattern Emporium True Romance Bishop Sleeve Top

    Pattern Emporium: True Romance Bishop Sleeve Top Multiple sleeve styles, bodice silhouettes, and hem finish choices make this knit top a versatile option for any wardrobe. The top has a…

  • Pattern Review: Vogue 1638

    Vogue 1638 Are you searching for an unconventional skirt pattern? Look no further than this unlined A-line skirt. It ends below the knee, with an asymmetrical side drape extending slightly…

  • Pattern Review: True Bias Hudson Pant

    True Bias: Hudson Pant Once considered solely exercise attire, joggers have become an everyday wardrobe element. This pull-on style has a 2-inch-wide elastic waistband with a drawstring, side-front slant pockets…

  • Pattern Review: Style Arc Gertrude Designer Dress

    Style Arc: Gertrude Designer Dress This midcalf-length cocoon dress has plenty of crisp, interesting details. It has a jewel neckline, dropped shoulder seams, and front and back diagonal yokes. Shaped…

  • Pattern Review: Closet Core Patterns Sienna Maker Jacket

    Closet Core Patterns: Sienna Maker Jacket This jacket exudes a relaxed vibe while brimming with interesting details. It is designed for a 5-foot, 6-inch-tall individual and includes generous ease to…

    Departments

  • Sewing Tip for Organized Needle Storage

    For many years, I stored sewing machine needles in a small, covered box. It worked great until I started purchasing more needle types and I needed to organize them. I…

  • More Notions to Try This Summer

    Foldable travel ruler For sewers on the go, this ruler folds to fit in a smaller space. The Omnigrid folding ruler is 4 inches wide and 36 inches long when…

  • Profiles in Sewing: Sew Powerful

    The story of Sew Powerful began 11 years ago while Jason and Cinnamon Miles worked with the international nonprofit organization World Vision. After seeing the conditions in the Ngombe Compound…

  • Editor's Note: What’s Next

    As the coronavirus pandemic unfolded this year, sewing became vital to an expanded audience. The need for face masks created a call for skills and materials. I heard from retailers…

    Closures

  • Skipped Stitching - A Sewing Story

    During my mother’s childhood, my grandmother sewed the latest styles for her. My mother learned the basics of fine sewing in the process, but she rarely used those skills. “Sewing…

    Fabric Lab

  • How to Sew Guatemalan Cotton

    With rich colors and bold stripes, Guatemalan textiles evoke the ethnic designs of the Central American country where they are made. Handwoven in 100 percent cotton, they often feature ikat…

    Sewing Saves

  • How to End a French Seam Above a Vent

    When you’re working with lightweight fabrics, a French seam is often the finish of choice. But if there’s a side-seam vent, you need a way to neatly end the seam…

    How Did They Sew That

  • Sew a Ribbon Bow Belt with a Hidden Closure

    Adele Simpson’s dress-and-jacket outfit, shown on the back cover, features several delightful couture methods that give it star status. Each covered button displays a carefully placed woven square motif; the…

  • Flawless Mitered Corners | Video

    Learn how to draft and sew a mitered corner in this video tutorial by Louise Cutting. Mitered corners add a professional touch to your garments.

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