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Today, I just received Threads 141. I have most issues starting with 13 Oct/Nov 1987. That makes me a long time devotee. Todays issue once again confirmed for me why I subscribe re: pg. 80. Readers Questions. Revamp 1980's patterns. For quite a while I have been wondering how I should update patterns that I have made in the past but no longer look relevant to my new ageing body. ( sorry for the oxymoron). I have invested a lot of time and effort in clothes that cannot simply be altered into a 2008/2009 look. Mostly it is the extended shoulders with 1 inch gi-normous shoulder pads. I know that there is more to altering these original patterns than was related in the article. ( On the bottom of page 80 it says continued but I didn't find the rest of the article. ) The point of my posting this is that every time I wonder about how I can accomplish something Threads sends an answer. That must mean that there is a cosmic connection that we sewers share. There must be a whole lot of ladies out there asking themselves the same questions I ask myself. My biggest reason for pursuing the idea of revamping old patterns is the disgusting quality of the pattern companys that I depended upon in the past. Vogue is the worst. They no longer provide the instructions that a sewer needs to create a quality product as they did in the past. This ties into your article on pg.54 Sew your Hautes and the letter writer on page 10 realizing the rewards of slow sewing and the great rewards. Your magazine has prompted me to always look deeper. The manipulation of fabric is an art and should be honored in that way. There are no shortcuts, just the love of creation. Please stay dedicated to what you do. In any artistic endeavor, to be successful we have to know the rules before we can take a few shortcuts.