I've made my love of Threads Magazine well known around these parts. I've learned many advanced techniques from their crystal clear instructions: bound buttonholes, boning a bustier, fitting secrets. But I have to confess, the first time I picked up an issue, I was immediately turned off. I think the first thing I saw was a technique to applique and embroider t-shirts. (Eeek.) I wanted something that spoke more to my fashion sensibility. But then a dressmaking teacher showed me some of the excellent articles in his favorite back issues, and I became a true fan. Once I learned to look past the styling, I discovered a treasure trove of information.
I amassed a decent collection of back issues from eBay, and have read through them more times than I can count. I certainly don't look at Threads for style inspiration, and I skip over articles on things like machine embroidery and quilting. I have to remind myself to ignore the styling of an article, and to focus on the techniques and how I can adapt them to my own taste.
I'm now a subscriber, and even though there are some articles I skip, I still love it. This month's issue is a pretty clear representation. There's stuff that's definitely not for me, like this:
But then so much that is. An article on the restoration of a couture vintage dress at Madame Paulette's, the "World's Leading Custom Couture Cleaner."
A profile of various trims and how to care for them.
And then an article on different tailoring methods, just in time for my coat project!
I figure it's a lot like the challenge that the pattern companies currently face. They have to keep a wide variety of sewists happy, so every article isn't going to be to my taste. No big deal, I'll just skip to the articles that are.
How about you: are you a Threads reader? Or do you have other sewing magazines to recommend?