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February/March 2015
Issue Number 177






Current Issue of Threads magazine
On the Cover:
Details to Sew Now, Matching Plaids, Upcycle Shirts


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Additional Downton Abbey Costumes
Here's a look at additional garments worn by the upstairs and downstairs workers. These costumes were featured in an exhibition at the Winterthur Museum in Wilmington, Delaware.

Make an Airy Rouleau Embellishment
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Ideas for Attaching Fagoted Rouleau
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How to Match Plaid on a Curved-Edge Lapel
Threads contributing editor Louise Cutting shares her no-fail techniques for matching plaids across seams.

Video: How to Make Thread Bars and Chains
Sewing expert Claire Shaeffer explains how to create thread bars and chains and demonstrates how these delicacies are sewn.

Upcycled Four-Shirt Dress
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Feature Articles

Page

EXPLORE FELTING
by Judith Neukam
Use wool to its fullest

38
COPY THE ARMSCYE
by Linda Lee
Salvage a crucial curve after altering the pattern

44
SHIRT CUTS
by Michelle Paganini
Upcycle yesterday’s fashions into original garments

Online extra:
Threads 360°: Upcycled Four-Shirt Dress

48
PLAID AMBITION
by Louise Cutting
No-fail techniques for precise matching

Online extra:
How to Match Plaid on a Curved-Edge Lapel

54
THREAD BARS AND CHAINS
by Claire Shaefer
Delicately detain wayward straps, linings, and more

Online extra:
Video: How to Make Thread Bars and Chains

60
FIX FIT WITH TUCKS
by Sandra Miller
Decorative folds reduce a garment’s length or width


64
DESIGNS OF DOWNTON ABBEY
by Dana Finkle
Secrets behind the hit series’ magnificent costumes


Online extra:
Additional Downton Abbey Costumes

70

Departments
Page

CONTRIBUTORS

6
LETTERS

8
TIPS
Stitch an opening closed with ease, keep thread and bobbins together, repurpose plastic for boning, safely dispose of pins and needles

12
NOTIONS
Magnetic pin cushion for the wrist, fabric and thread storage, sewing machine with wireless connection

16
EMBELLISHMENTS
Airy rouleau

Online extra:
Make an Airy Rouleau Embellishment
Ideas for Attaching Fagoted Rouleau

20
HOW DID THEY SEW THAT?
Sunburst jacket

24
THREADSMAGAZINE.COM

26
QUICK TO MAKE
1920s panel dress

28
PATTERN REVIEW

Online extra:
Threads 360°: Radiating-Darts Dress

32
TEACH YOURSELF TO SEW
Pinking points

74
IN THE SEWING ROOM
Susan Khalje

78
READER'S CLOSET

82
A STITCH IN TIME

84
Q&A
How to get a good fit on your own

88
ADVERTISER INDEX

89
CLOSURES

90
BACK COVER
1940s Suit & Jacket