Making Connections

Janet Klaer
Making Connections

Making Connections

Can you help me locate a pattern similar in style to the SPORTS OR LETTERMAN JACKETS that were popular in the '50s?

Mary T.

Folkwear Varsity Jacket 251 is a classic athletic jacket pattern, traditionally made with a wool body and leather sleeves. This all-American style, available in men's sizes 34 to 44 and Misses' sizes 6 to 16, features knit cuffs, collar and waistband, welt pockets and snap closures. Look for Folkwear patterns at a local sewing store. Or call (888) 200-9099, (828) 626-3100 or visit

Do you have a source for POOL TABLE FELT?

Terry K.

A high-quality cloth designed for pool, snooker and billiard tables is available from Van Dyke's Restorers. This 20-ounce, 75 percent wool/25 percent nylon non-directional fabric allows balls to travel freely. The pool table cloth is 62" wide and available in green, burgundy and blue. For more information or to order a swatch set, visit or call (800) 558-1234.

Where can I find TINY BUTTONS suitable for doll clothes?

Kate M.

Buttons Galore and More sells "Itsy Bitsy Buttons" that are approximately 4 mm in diameter. These two-hole plastic buttons are packaged in 10 color assortments of 40 buttons each. For more information and a free catalog, call (856) 753-6700 or visit

Please help me locate LINING FABRICS for dresses, pants and skirts.

Mary Ellen H.

Sawyer Brook Distinctive Fabrics stocks an excellent selection of dress-weight linings that includes Ambiance Bemberg rayon in 100 colors and Hang Loose anti-cling polyester in 70 colors. Also available are specialty linings, such as cotton lawn, China silk and stretch fabrics, in basic colors. For more information or to order lining swatch sets, visit, or call (800) 290-2739 or (978) 368-3133.

Can you tell me where to find a MEASURING TOOL FOR ADJUSTING BRA CUP SIZES?

Lisa R.

The product you're looking for is the Shape-A-Dart developed by Sarah Doyle. Used to alter the bra cup size on commercial patterns, this tool has premeasured adjustments for cup sizes A, B, C and D in relation to Misses' pattern sizes 6 to 24. To order, send $11.95 postpaid to: Sarah's Sewing Supplies, Dept. SN, 3412 Holt Circle, Pensacola, FL 32526, call (800) 883-2348 or (850) 944-7570, or visit

Do you have a source for TOPSTITCHING THREAD similar to what's used on ready-to-wear jeans?

Beverly R.

Jeans Stitch, a decorative thread developed for topstitching on denim, is available from YLI Corporation. This 100 percent polyester thread is stocked in 25 colors, including blue jean gold and topaz gold, plus four variegated shades. Ask for Jeans Stitch at a local independent sewing machine, fabric or quilt shop. Or visit, or call (800) 296-8139 or (803) 985-3100 for more information.

A friend of mine was given a NARROW IRON with a long wooden handle that she uses for small pressing jobs. Do you know where I can buy this product?

Valerie O.

Soft Expressions stocks the Hobbico Quilter's Little Iron, also named the Custom Sealing Iron. This small, dry iron features a smooth soleplate with a nonstick coating, temperature control dial, comfort-shaped wooden handle and a 5 1/2'-long cord.* This iron is an excellent choice when working with fusibles, pressing small projects and accessing hard-to-reach areas. For more information or to order, visit, or call (888) 545-8616 or (714) 630-7414.

* Please note that the cord is 5 1/2 feet long. In the August/September '09 issue, we mistakenly noted that the cord was 5 1/2 inches long. We regret the error. 

I'm making a lampshade and would like to find VELVET RIBBON TRIM in a wide range of colors.

Amanda P.

The Lamp Shop sells 3/8"-wide soft velvet ribbon in more than 40 colors. This nylon/rayon-blend trim is sold by the yard or on a 10-yard roll. For a color swatch set (R310), send $8.10 to: The Lamp Shop, Dept. SN, Box 3606, Concord, NH 03302, or visit


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