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Threads #218, Summer 2022

Top Down, Center Out: Practical Pants Fitting

Every fix has unintended consequences that affect another part of the pants. Learn a sensible approach for pants fitting, here.

  • Retractable belt loops

    5 Tips for Better Sewing

    1. Best Tip: Retractable belt loops Sometimes you make a dress that you plan to wear with or without a belt, depending on the occasion. Loops or carriers are helpful…

  • Top Down, Center Out Crotch Seam Adjustments

    When using this innovative pants-fitting method, you may need to make crotch seam adjustments. Here's a simple way to make those changes.

  • Threads #218 Summer 2022 Preview

    Learn to create a lace jacket, a great-fitting pair of pants, and a smooth side-seam zipper from the next issue of Threads magazine. The editors of Threads discuss these and…


  • sewing inspiration

    My Resourceful Mom

    One reader tells the story of her self-taught seamstress mother, and how her resourcefulness and ingenuity was a sewing inspiration.

    Fabric Lab

  • sewing georgette fabric

    Sewing Tips for Georgette Fabric

    For drape, flow, and a hint of sheerness, georgette is a stylish and classic choice. It is a crepe fabric, woven with tightly twisted warp and weft yarns that create…

    Pattern Review

  • Simplicity 9377

    Pattern Review: Simplicity 9377

    Simplicity 9377 This updated A-line skirt has style ease through the hips and thighs, plus a good amount of flare. It has a curved yoke, 1-1/2-inch-deep inverted box pleats (three…

  • McCall’s 8237

    Pattern Review: McCall’s 8237

    This is a versatile design you can wear as a tunic-length top or above-the-knee dress. Read our full review of McCall’s 8237.

  • Butterick 6863

    Pattern Review: Butterick 6863

    Butterick 6863 If you’ve embraced the athleisure look, try making a hoodie with above-average style. This Katherine Tilton design, a loose-fitting, thigh-length, zip-front jacket, contains 20-1/2 inches of wearing ease…

  • Marfy 9071

    Pattern Review: Marfy 9071

    Marfy 9071 This pattern has two garments, but we are only showing the pants. The loose-fitting, blouson pullover has a V-neck and cut-on cap sleeves, both edged with 1-1/8-inch-wide appliquéd…

  • Allie Olson: Elio Top

    Pattern Review: Allie Olson Elio Top

    Allie Olson: Elio Top As an alternative to a basic T-shirt, try this close-fitting, faux-wrap knit top with a deep V-neck. It offers three sleeve options: cap, elbow-length, and long.…

  • BurdaStyle 1210720

    Pattern Review: BurdaStyle 1210720

    BurdaStyle 1210720 Put striped fabrics to creative use in this 1950s swing dress. It features a banded V-neckline, single-button closure, cut-on cap sleeves with an underarm gusset, fitted bodice with…

    Essential Techniques

  • Sew a Side-Seam Zipper that Conforms to Your Curves

    Sew a Side-Seam Zipper that Conforms to Your Curves

    Side-seam zippers just make sense. They are handy, easy to access, and from a design standpoint, fairly unobtrusive. The garment’s back is left undisturbed, a better option than interrupting a…


  • Matters of weight

    A Matter of Fabric Weights

    I would very much appreciate information on fabric industry weights. Some online retailers list them, others don’t. Read on to learn more about fabric weights.

  • Layouts for Diagonal Fabric Patterns

    Why do some patterns say “Unsuitable for obvious diagonals”? Read on to get the answer from an expert on this question.

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