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August/September 2014
Issue Number 174






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Resize Any Pattern, Designer Details, Selvages


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Feature Articles

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SALVAGE YOUR SELVAGES
by Mary Ray
Nine clever and creative ways to use fabric edges


36
PATTERN-GRADING BASICS
by Connie Crawford
How to scale from the size you have to the size you need

42
HAND-SEW WITH SILAMIDE
by Thomas Volkema
Discover strong, smooth thread that doesn’t tangle

Online extra:
Meet Silamide Thread

48
HIGH-END ELEMENTS
by Jacque Goldsmith
Enrich your wardrobe with a designer-inspired slot seam or cargo pocket

50
CREATE A FOAM-CUP BRA
by Norma Loehr
It’s easy to achieve a comfortable, custom shape

56
AN UNEXPOSED ZIPPER
by Claire Shaeffer
This couture technique makes a regular zipper appear stitchless

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A Close Look at the Stitching Inside 2 Dior Garments

62
SEWING DESTINATION: NEW YORK CITY
by Annie O'Connor
Bright lights, big city, amazing fabrics—a sewer’s guide to the Garment District

Online extra:
More New York Garment District Fabric Shops

66

Departments
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CONTRIBUTORS

6
LETTERS

8
TIPS
Tidy fabric storage, the benefits of blogging, fitting garments with side zippers, creating stronger thread belt loops

12
NOTIONS
Flash drives with a sewing theme, iron mat, rotary pinking blade

16
EMBELLISHMENTS
Ice-borne color

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Try These Color Combinations for Ice Dyeing

20
HOW DID THEY SEW THAT?
Brass notes

24
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26
QUICK TO MAKE
Pleated wrap

28
PATTERN REVIEW
On the bias

32
TEACH YOURSELF TO SEW
Part 1: Facing facts

72
IN THE SEWING ROOM
Helen Haughey

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Helen Haughey's Favorite Tools and Storage Solutions

76
READERS CLOSET

80
A STITCH IN TIME

82
Q&A
Freezing bug-infested garments, how to roll a facing

84
ADVERTISER INDEX

89
BACK COVER
1940s Studded Garment