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Threads Issue #212, Dec. 2020/Jan. 2021

How to Upcycle a Sweater

There are many reasons to repurpose clothing into new designs. It saves money. It reduces waste and saves the planet. And it is a lot of fun. When you start…

    Articles

  • Sewing Gifts for the 2020 Holidays

    ’Tis the season to enjoy—and share—sewing. This year, the Threads staff thought about holiday gift ideas that would not break the bank but would improve and inspire your sewing. We…

  • In-depth Look at 2020 Make It With Wool Winners

    Make It With Wool (MIWW) is an annual competition that strives to highlight the natural beauty and versatility of wool fabrics and yarns. It encourages makers to use wool in…

  • Transfer Muslin Fitting Changes to a Pattern

    Transfer Muslin Fitting Changes to a Pattern

    Making adjustments to a muslin to improve a garment’s fit is an important part of my sewing process. But my work isn’t over after the fitting. I always transfer the…

  • Fit the Seat of Your Pants

    Many people experience problems with store-bought pants fitting correctly in the seat, waist, and hip areas. Bodies come in many shapes and types, and your waist-to-hip proportion may not match…

  • All About Needle Felting

    Imagine painting with wool: golden shooting stars flying across a navy dress, with a blaze of stardust streaming behind, autumnal leaves tumbling down a dark brown jacket, or a Mondrian-inspired…

  • How to Clean and Oil Your Sewing Machine

    I’ve learned over my years as a sewing machine repair technician that many sewers have a personal relationship with their machine. Like the one they have with family or friends,…

    Pattern Review

  • Pattern Review: Jennifer Lauren Handmade The Aisling Blouse

    Jennifer Lauren Handmade: The Aisling Blouse Inspired by square-necked blouses of the 1960s, this top has an easy A-line silhouette, bust darts, and long, voluminous sleeves with elastic gathered cuff.…

  • Pattern Review: McCall’s 8049

    McCall’s 8049 This is a set of three simple, collarless jackets with elastic encased between the jacket and lining hem allowances, which creates a gentle blouson effect. View A is…

  • Pattern Review: Butterick 6738

    Butterick 6738 There are plenty of ways to mix and match the five garments included in this ensemble pattern. View A is a lined hip-length jacket with front and back…

  • Pattern Review: Papercut Patterns Palisade Pants

    Papercut Patterns: Palisade Pants These pull-on pants or shorts have tapered legs, a 2-1/2-inch-wide partial elastic waistband, and a faux fly front. Designed with side panels, this look has topstitched…

  • Pattern Review: By Hand London Rumana Coat

    By Hand London: Rumana Coat This princess-seamed coat has lapels, a notched collar with a partial collar stand, two-piece sleeves, and a center-back vent. The design also features pockets with…

  • Pattern Review: Hey June Handmade Brunswick Pullover

    Hey June Handmade: Brunswick Pullover With a relaxed and comfortable fit, this pullover is a perfect layering garment for cooler weather. View A has a lined hood with a drawstring,…

    How Did They Sew That

  • How to Sew Velvet Bands

    How to Sew Velvet Bands

    Self-fabric ornamentation is an understated yet elegant addition to any textile or garment. When paired with a sheer companion fabric, the results are fetching. This circa 1939 velvet evening gown…

    Closures

  • Threads that Bind

    Sewing Stories: The Threads that Bind

    When I was growing up, there were always hand-stitched reminders of my mother in the house. The most prominently displayed were three large, framed hand-embroidered samplers. One of my most…

    Pattern Hack

  • Fast Faux Fur Jacket Pattern Hack

    Recently, I examined a cute fake fur jacket from a well-known designer. It was startlingly simple, as designer garments sometimes are: an unlined, waist-length jacket with an asymmetrical front opening…

    Embellishments

  • Bridge Open Seams with Beads and Sequins

    Accent seamlines and garment edges with hand-sewn sequin and bead clusters that bridge the gap between separate rolled edges. Joining seams by hand with beaded accents is a labor of…

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