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Threads Issue #211, Oct./Nov. 2020

How to Draft Your Own Lining Pattern

A lining confers several advantages to a jacket or coat. It makes the garment easier to don and doff. A lining can protect your skin from scratchy fabrics while shielding…

    Articles

  • Why You Should Try Hand-Sewn Buttonholes

    A beautiful handworked buttonhole elevates a tailored coat and improves the look of simple designs. Sewing buttonholes by machine is unwieldy if the fabric is thick, and getting exact positioning…

  • selvage denim

    DIY Selvage Jeans

    When denim fabric entered the ready-to-wear market in the mid-19th century, it was used to make durable work pants. The textile was woven on narrow, 32-inch shuttle looms. This gave…

  • Pattern Adjustments to Fit a Small Bust

    If you typically find that garments are too loose over and around the bust, you may need to make a small-bust adjustment. Commercial patterns are drafted for a B-cup bust,…

  • godet

    Free Dress Project: Add Godets for Fabulous Flare

    A godet is a triangular wedge of fabric sewn into a garment, either in an existing seam or within a cut opening. Its purpose is to add circumference, or flare,…

  • Create Defined Shoulders by Borrowing a Vintage Detail

    The defined shoulder is having a moment. It doesn’t have to be broad or heavily padded, though. Incorporating a design detail that calls attention to a strong shoulder line will…

    Departments

  • Editor's Note: Positive Feedback

    We have received an abundance of grateful letters lately. Readers from around the world let us know they are glad to see Threads arrive in the mail and appreciative of…

  • Sewing Tip for Precise Pinning for Blind Hems

    I have found an easy way to create a uniform foldback line for blind-hem stitching. Fold up the hem to the desired depth, with the fabric’s wrong sides together. Pin…

  • Sewing Notions to Try This Fall

    Comfortable knife-edge shears A good pair of straight-edge, multipurpose scissors is important to any sewer, but many options become uncomfortable after a long period of use. Designed by Karen Kay…

  • Pin-Holding Accessories

    If you sew, you've got pins, and if you've got pins, you need a pin-holder. The humble pincushion is an essential sewing notion. Although it is easily taken for granted,…

    Pattern Review

  • Pattern Review: Vogue 1673

    Vogue 1673 This moderately close-fitting dress draws attention with its angled neckline and asymmetrical panels. The neckline is wide and extends almost off the shoulder. View A has three-quarter-length sleeves…

  • Pattern Review: Dana Marie Design Company Sawtooth Jacket 1060

    Dana Marie Design Company: Sawtooth Jacket 1060 This is a dramatic, easy-to-wear, hip-length jacket with plenty of details. The angled right front edge is formed by four tucks that are…

  • Pattern Review: Alina Sewing + Design Co. Fulton Sweater Blazer 1222

    Alina Sewing + Design Co.: Fulton Sweater Blazer 1222 This is an open-front, blazer-like cardigan designed for knits, and features a notch collar, large patch pockets, two sleeve lengths, and…

  • Pattern Review: McCall’s 8043

    McCall’s 8043 Flirty and feminine, this top has a high-necked collar with a deep keyhole neckline, as well as an open back. The wide midriff band is closely fitted and…

  • Pattern Review: Victory Patterns Esther 4001

    Victory Patterns: Esther 4001 A wide, sweeping silhouette and deep angled pleats at the waistline make these pants intriguing. They are fitted from the waist to the hip, but flare…

  • Pattern Review: Colette Patterns Albion 2002

    Colette Patterns: Albion 2002 Inspired by the straight-cut duffel coats of the 1950s, this unisex design has classic elements such as toggle closures, front and back yokes, and two pocket…

    Closures

  • Sewing Stories: Frugal Finery

    I was giddy with excitement when I opened the invitation to attend a winter dinner and ball at the Australian embassy in Washington, D.C. It was going to be a…

  • Advertisers from Threads #211

    Support the advertisers who support Threads magazine. The advertisers listed below are working to keep everyone safe and supplied with sewing tools and materials during this unusual time. Enjoy shopping…

    Fabric Lab

  • Brocade or Jacquard?

    Sewers want to know exactly what they’re buying when they purchase fabrics. However, the difference between jacquard and brocade is not always explained, and the terms can be used interchangeably…

    Embellishments

  • Beading on Sweater Knits

    I’ve always loved the beaded sweaters that were popular in the 1950s. They were luxurious, elegant, and surely reserved for the most special of occasions. I saw them from time…

    How Did They Sew That

  • Enhance Garment Edges with Echo Stitching

    This circa 1940 rayon day dress must have been fairly simple to sew and fun to wear and accessorize. It offers a wonderful setting for extra details that highlight the…

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