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Threads #216, Winter 2021

Meet the National Winners: Make It With Wool 2021

For sewing enthusiasts, wool is a fiber that inspires creativity and rewards effort. It offers boundless opportunity, as it is available in knits and wovens, blends and pure options, and…


  • sewing boiled wool

    Sewing with Boiled Wool

    Boiled wool jackets and coats look sensational—and expensive. Their textured fabric is timeless and lends itself to silhouettes from body-skimming to full and swingy. With boiled wool, you can create…

  • generous side-seam pockets

    Draft and Sew Generous Side-Seam Pockets

    Editor's note: For the Huon Dress pattern by Muna and Broad, author and designer Leila Kelleher includes the holy grail of frock design features: sizable and secure side-seam pockets. What…

  • 2021 Holiday Gift Guide for People Who Sew

    Every holiday season, Threads suggests gifts intended to celebrate and share your love of sewing. Whether you are shopping for yourself or a friend, there are thoughtful choices to consider,…

  • Refine Your Pants Fit with a Template

    Refine Your Pants Fit with a Template

    The crotch curve is often referred to as the saddle of the pants. It is where your body “sits” within the pants, and the correct fit along the curve is…

  • Alter a Men’s Shirt: Take in the Back

    For many men, finding a button-front dress shirt that fits correctly can be difficult. If a shirt fits at the collar, the sleeves may not be the correct length, the…

  • Alter a Men’s Shirt: Shorten the Back

    Alter a Men’s Shirt: Shorten the Back

    Learn how to adjust the fit of a men's shirt back in this installment of a two-part article. This area often includes excess ease and length.

  • Size-Inclusive Pattern Designers Muna and Broad: The Full Interview

    Jess and Leila from Muna and Broad talk about why and how they started their successful line of patterns for plus-size sewers.


  • more accurate fabric cutting

    Reader Tip: Pinpoint Cutting Accuracy

    I’ve always liked the idea of tracing patterns without seam allowances, marking the seamline the old-fashioned way with tailor’s chalk. But I also like cutting folded fabric and having precise…

  • sewing gloves

    Protect Your Hands with Specialty Sewing Gloves

    Gloves have long been useful to needleworkers. Originally, gloves were used for warmth: They kept fingers nimble in poorly heated homes. While they still serve this purpose, gloves and hand…

  • wonders of wool

    Wonders in Wool | Letter from the Editor

    With every issue we put together, I am reminded of how knowledgeable and creative Threads contributors and readers are.

  • sewing square pillow corners

    A Pro’s Method for Sewing Square Pillow Corners

    Pillows are a great way to learn—or brush up on—essential sewing skills. That’s one reason a pillowcase is often the first project assigned in a sewing class. Even though pillow…

  • Sandra Lee Chandler

    Get to Know Sewing Educator Sandra Lee Chandler

    Sandra Lee Chandler, owner of Sandra Lee Design, feels grateful to have made sewing her profession for four decades. She inspires others through live and virtual lectures and workshops, television…


  • How to Sew a Classic Waistband

    Sew Lace Overlays to Garment Sections

    Give delicate lace fabrics an edgier application and incorporate them into more hard-wearing and functional styles. It’s easy to do by applying lace overlays with cutaway “reveals” along construction seams.


  • The Rajah Pressing Cloth helps you create crisp, lasting pleats.

    Try a Treated Press Cloth for Sharper Creases

    Q: I iron a lot of cotton shirts and no matter how careful I am with using steam and letting the fabric dry and cool, the shirts still end up…

  • Pattern Fixes for Leg Angle

    Pattern Fixes for Leg Angle

    Q: I have been a Threads subscriber for many, many years. I’d like to ask: How do I adjust a pants pattern for knock knees? —Marie Brookes, via email A:…

    Online extras

  • Threads 360 Wrap Dress

    How To Do Fashion: No. 21 Casablanca | 360-Degree View

    A style reminiscent of the 1950s, this wrap-front dress is fitted through the shoulders, bust, and waist and flared from the hipline to the hemline, which ends just below the…

  • Web Extra: Inset Lace Appliqué

    Sew inset lace appliqués onto a solid-colored garment with cut-away “reveals” around all the construction seams. This large-scale inset lace appliqué technique makes the lace appear to frame the garment’s…

  • Alpaca Knit

    Sewing Tips for Alpaca Knits

    Learn about the correct tools and methods to sew alpaca knits and create a sweater, cardigan, clingy dress, or gored skirt.

    Essential Techniques

  • How to Sew a Classic Waistband

    Whether you’re a novice or experienced sewer, you’re likely to make garments with a straight waistband. This traditional style is not contoured to your waist; the pattern is a plain…


  • Sewing with my mum

    Sewing with my Mum

    Growing up, I never sewed with my mum. It seems somewhat odd now, given that we both had a great interest in the craft. It was at school in England…

    How Did They Sew That

  • How to Sew a Dimensional Cuff Detail

    How to Sew a Dimensional Cuff Detail

    Women’s coats in the 1920s tended to have a simple silhouette. A prevalent style was a roomy, surplice-front wrap, often with a single-button closure at the left hip. This intriguing…

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