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April/May 2015
Issue Number 178






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Fabrics & Patters for Spring, Staystitching Secrets


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Feature Articles

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SPRING FASHION FORECAST
by Connie Crawford
Interpret the season’s relaxed styles in the latest colors and textures

38
PREPARE PATTERNS FOR FIT
by Judith Neukam
Alterations to make before cutting the fabric

Online extra:
Video: How to Sew and Install a Sleeve Head
Video: How to Sew a Welt Opening

44
SKIRTS THAT FLATTER
by Kelly Tygert
Design a waistband to complement your body

50
THE NEW POWER SUIT
by Judith Neukam
ASDP Design Challenge brings fresh ideas for commanding ensembles

Online extra:
Threads 360°: Convertible Jacket

56
DRAWN THREADS
by Kenneth D. King
Add openwork details without cutting fabric

Online extra:
Apply Hemstitching to a Garment

62
CUSTOM PANTIES
by Monica O'Rourke Bravo
Make great-fitting underwear in pretty styles and fabrics


Online extra:
Embellish panties with shadow applique

68

Departments
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CONTRIBUTORS

6
LETTERS

8
TIPS
Organize garment patterns, an easy technique for hemming sheer fabrics, donate fabric scraps, an inexpensive tool for picking up thread

12
NOTIONS
Stands for smartphones and tablets, a powered seam ripper, decorative trims

16
EMBELLISHMENTS
Paint on silk

20
HOW DID THEY SEW THAT?
Apply soutache

24
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26
QUICK TO MAKE
Fast & fabulous purses

28
PATTERN REVIEW

Online extra:
Threads 360°: Polished Ensemble

34
ESSENTIAL TECHNIQUES
Staystitching

74
IN THE SEWING ROOM
Denyse Schmidt

Online extra:
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78
A STITCH IN TIME

82
READER'S CLOSET

84
Q&A
How to improve your hand sewing

86
ADVERTISER INDEX

89
CLOSURES

90
BACK COVER
20th-century linen dress