Sewing a garment that you'll love to wear means sewing one that really fits your body. This collection of articles from the first four years of THREADS magazine explores the exciting concepts of pattern, fit, and fabric. Learn about preparing fabric for sewing, working with plaids, customizing patterns, sewing with special materials--knits, silks, stretch fabrics--and much more.
Provides instructions for designing and modifying sewing patterns, recommends ways to adjust different types of garments to different figure types, and describes how to use a padded dress form
Covers the basics of pattern fitting, shares sewing techniques, and offers solutions to intermediate-level fitting quandaries and advanced couture-level fitting techniques.
Includes tailoring and construction techniques for sewing jackets and coats, describing how to press wool, insert jacket linings, work with gabardine, and make two-way pockets
A quick reference guide provides detailed information for twenty-five basic sewing skills as culled from a range of experts, from home sewers to top designers, offering practical advice on such topics as piping, cutting and laying out a pattern, and understitching. Original.
Presents sewing projects that require a minimum of time and materials, often using leftover pieces of fabric, in a volume that outlines each project step by step, demonstrates different techniques, and offers cost-saving tips. Original.
Since its first issue in 1985, THREADS magazine has been the creative forum where sewing and needlework experts and enthusiasts share their knowledge. Whatever your skill level, this collection of articles from THREADS will help you get the results you want on all your sewing projects--including zippers, collar points, welt pockets, silk buttonholes, and much more.
Swedish Handknits is a collection of patterns for sweaters, hats, scarves, mittens, headbands, and bags, all inspired by the historic textiles housed at the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Institute was the first to host the successful Bohus knitting exhibit in America, so it's fitting that their world-class textile collection provides the inspiration for these designs. As in the authors' Norwegian Handknits, vintage photographs of Swedish immigrants, recipes, and photos of the artifacts that inspired the designs will be included, along with a short history of knitting in Sweden. Bohus, twined knitting, and Swedish mittens are some of the many techniques featured in the book.
Vintage clothing has never been more chic, with everyone from celebrity trendsetters to style-conscious professionals searching for wearable treasures from the past. Virtual Vintage is the first and only guide that helps both the novice and the fashion connoisseur evaluate and confidently participate in the thriving vintage marketplace that exists online. No other book explains how to get it, sell it, fix it, or wear it with flair. Authors Linda Lindroth and Deborah Newell Tornello equip readers from head to toe with • more than 100 chic sites—rated and evaluated • instructions on contacting sellers • smart strategies for bidding in online auctions • advice about evaluating the size, quality, and colors of a garment • tips for cleaning and repairing vintage items Whether you’re looking for a 1960s Rudi Gernreich knit, Gucci hipster trousers, a Claire McCardell for Townley shirtwaist, or a Chanel suit in pink wool with black patent-leather trim, Virtual Vintage will help you build a unique and sensational wardrobe.
A top knitwear designer offers thirty-five retro-inspired patterns that put a new spin on fashion’s timeless trends. In fashion, one day you’re in, the next day you’re out . . . and the day after that, you’re back in again. Designers are always referring to fashion’s rich history as they imagine its present and future, and retro looks remain ever-fresh as they are renewed—and restyled—for the next generation of wearers. That’s precisely what top knitwear designer Véronik Avery is up to in Knitting Classic Style. Mining fashion’s endless archive, Avery has created 35 smashingly contemporary garments that take their cues from decades and designers past. The collection of clothing and accessories Avery presents is organized into four thematic chapters that highlight women’s wear, men’s wear (and its influence on women’s and children’s clothing), traditional ethnic garb, and sportswear. Aimed at both beginning and more advanced knitters, the book’s projects range in difficulty from a simple drawstring purse, French beret, and Afghan-inspired slipper-socks to a shawl-collared cardigan, a geometric ski sweater based on a popular 1950s Native American design, and Avery’s own reinterpretation of the trimly elegant Chanel jacket. The author introduces each project by explaining its historical/cultural roots; Sara Cameron’s moody photos evoke the settings that have inspired Avery’s reworkings of the classics.