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Threads #213, Feb./March 2021

How to Hide the Zipper in a Dart

Much of the time, a garment’s zipper opening is straightforward: The zipper is inserted into the center-back seam, or possibly along the side seam, or maybe at a center-front seam.…

    Pattern Review

  • McCalls 7983

    Pattern Review: McCall’s 7983

    McCall’s 7983 This ensemble pattern yields a slim, columnar silhouette. It consists of a close-fitting bodysuit paired with a slim pegged skirt. The pull-on bodysuit has a snap-tape crotch closure…

  • Linda Wrap Dress 2102

    Pattern Review: Linda Wrap Dress 2102

    Just Patterns: Linda Wrap Dress 2102 This unlined wrap dress for woven fabrics has details that give it a refined and businesslike air. The three-quarter-length sleeves are finished with two-piece…

  • Vogue 1702

    Pattern Review: Vogue 1702

    Vogue 1702 Designed by couture expert Claire B. Shaeffer, these palazzo-style pants are perfect for showcasing a flowing fabric. The fully lined pants have front and back waist darts and…

  • Olya Shirt/Shirt Dress

    Pattern Review: Olya Shirt/Shirt Dress

    Paper Theory Patterns: Olya Shirt/Shirt Dress The unconventional shape of the pattern pieces makes this an exceptional design. The yoke and sleeve are combined in a clever and unusual way.…

  • iconic bomber pattern

    Pattern Review: Iconic Bomber

    Worthy Design Studio: Iconic Bomber Stand out from the crowd in this one-size jacket with interesting piecing details and a relaxed silhouette. You will also be supporting a worthy cause,…

  • Chilton Trench 5101

    Pattern Review: Chilton Trench 5101

    Cashmerette: Chilton Trench 5101 Trench coats are versatile and can work as fancy accessory coats or as utilitarian garments for daily life. The Chilton is a classic, belted, fully lined…

    Fabric Lab

  • sewing with batiks

    Sewing With Artful Batiks

    Classic batiks are created by a wax resist and overdyeing process. Textile historians trace their development to 13th century Indonesia. Artisans there used handmade copper stamps or “tjaps” to imprint…

    How Did They Sew That

  • using giant buttons

    Make Giant Buttons a Garment Feature

    Big, decorative buttons add drama to garments. At the same time, they pose problems: How do you attach buttons with extralarge holes rather than shanks, and what is the size…


  • Sewing Seeds of Love

    Sewing Seeds of Love

    For the last 5 years, I have been living my dream. After sewing for over 30 years, I fulfilled my lifelong desire to open a sewing studio. Now I teach…

    Online extras

  • Volcano-Inspired Gown

    Volcano-Inspired Gown | 360-Degree View

    Designed and sewn by Pat Billups of Grand Prairie, Texas, this gown won the Best Overall award in the Four Elements design challenge posed by Threads and the Association of…

  • Bomber-Style Jacket with Back Interest

    Bomber-Style Jacket with Back Interest | 360-Degree View

    Stand out from the crowd in the Worthy Design Studio Iconic Bomber, a one-size design with interesting piecing details and a relaxed silhouette. You will also be supporting a worthy…

  • pattern adjustments

    Fitting: Key Pattern Adjustments

    In this video, Threads Contributing Editor Judith Neukam walks you through two important pattern alterations that can simplify the fitting process.

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