Almost 20 years ago, just after I learned to sew, I discovered Threads Magazine.
The local library had a subscription, and while you weren’t allowed to check them out, I was hooked. The articles on fabrics, garment construction, and sewing techniques were amazing. Whenever I was in town and had a little time, I would sit in the corner of the Kaunakakai Public Library, perusing the back issues and absorbing information.
Thanks to Threads, I learned the basics of pattern drafting, how to set sleeves perfectly, how to take a pattern from an existing garment, and masses of beautiful sewing techniques and finishes. By the time I went to university, I was good enough to be hired by a costume shop (where, admittedly, I learned a HUGE amount more, because there is no substitute for hands-on learning from experts).
When I went to buy a comprehensive modern sewing book a few years back, I instantly picked up the Threads Sewing Guide. Then I questioned myself: am I just being a fangirl? I spread out every sewing book available in Borders on the floor, and went through the different techniques and topics: zips, welt pockets and buttonholes, fabric types, twin needles…
The Threads Sewing Guide won hands down for most comprehensive, with the best tutorials, layouts, and photos.
It has pride of place on my sewing bookshelf as the only modern general sewing guide I own, and is my instant first point of call for any modern technique. Online sewing blogger tutorials are all very well, but I know Threads has tested and tested anything they put out (and, to be quite frank, I recognise a fair amount of sewing blogger tutorials out there as re-hashes of Threads articles). If it isn’t in the book, I try Threads online.
Then, nine months ago I got an email from an editor at Threads. Would I like to write an article for them on my take on the Vionnet chiton dress? Would I!
Definite massive fangirl moment!
So, this quarter you can buy issue #177 of Threads and learn how to make a 1920s panel dress inspired by Madeline Vionnet, written by yours truly! (with tons of editing and beautiful sewing and layout fabulousity by Threads of course!)
I may not have accomplished everything I wanted to this year, but boy is this making me feel accomplished! It’s one of those things that it didn’t even occur to me to aspire to.
Time to break out the