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Australian Stitches No26-2

Australia’s leading dressmaking magazine is a favoured by all dressmakers in every age group. Fabulous garments, technical instructions and step x step photos help guide even the most novice sewer to complete perfect garments every time. All the latest patterns and fabrics are covered in every issue plus we trial patterns to give the lowdown on how to improve on each pattern’s instruction sheet. We showcase makeovers of real people, give wardrobe-planning advice and show the latest trends from the USA and Europe.

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3 Issues

in this issue

1 min
from frankly feminine

here is plenty of fashion out there for day, for night, for work, for play … but what about for those private moments when you’ve closed the front door behind you and are ready to relax? Of course, we’re talking about that special (and increasingly precious) time you take for yourself at home, where all the hassles of the outside world are left where they belong … outside! So, it stands to reason that what you wear in those moments, in or out of bed, should be just as hassle-free. This isn’t about capital ‘F’ fashion, or getting into a tizzy about the ‘right’ colour, the ‘latest’ silhouette or an ‘on-trend’ accessory. In fact, it isn’t about anything ‘on-trend’ at all (well, maybe a little … but we’ll get to…

1 min
…to just p lain fun! 9

Sleepwear comes in many guises, from seductive little whispers of lace, silks, jerseys or satins, as in the robe and nightgown on the preceding page see more ultra-feminine lingerie looks , to clean-cut, comfortable shapes borrowed from his pyjamas. This season, they just want to have fun in crisp, bright colours, novelty graphics or even in a happy mix of plaids, stripes and spots, all in striking black and white. That’s where the ‘trend’ bit comes in – with shapes as clean, classic and consistent as these, one can keep them from getting stale with a change of vibrant colour or print! … Why not even create your very own wardrobe of tops and bottoms to mix-or-match at whim? More at-home looks.…

1 min
we’re in print!

1. Lace Hearts printed knit – polyester/spandex blend, colour: Black/Cream, 145cm wide with a 70cm pattern repeat, $19.95m Pattern: Kwik•Sew 3658. Comes as a dress and top with different sleeve lengths and either V-neck or high, drape-neck collar. This version has been made to pattern but with a three-quarter-length sleeve. 2. Modena printed knit – viscose/ spandex blend, colour: Black/Light Grey, 145cm wide, $18.95m. Pattern: Burda 6990. Fitted, raglan sleeve top with four different neckline options. View C used here. 3. Forest printed knit, polyester/ spandex blend, colour: Black/Cream, 145cm wide with a 70cm pattern repeat, $19.95m. Pattern: Kwik•Sew 3658. No alterations made to this pattern. Fabrics and patterns are from Knitwit Contact: Wendy Gager, Shop 4/142 Stirling Highway, Nedlands, WA 6009. Phone: (08) 9389 1222 Local call cost outside Perth: 1300 852 122 Email: wendygager@knitwit.com.au…

6 min
waistband contouring

Styling It is interesting to note that most contoured waistbands are combined with a skirt that has fullness in the design. The moulded waist combined with garment volume can create imbalance on many figures. The best choice for the average figure is a design that is streamlined, using fabrics that drape in soft folds. Vogue 9007, all views, would work well for many as it has soft, undulating folds of fabric combined with a contoured waistband. This is a streamlined silhouette, which can work well for the shorter, heavier figure when the colour combination is continuous and muted. See photos 1 and 2. Caution is required when a contoured waist ends in volumes of fabric or where the contoured panel is of contrasting fabric or colour. Both of these concepts will shorten…

1 min
travelling first class

A JACKET THAT’S READY TO GO ANWHERE B5994: Fitted, unlined jacket has front extending into collar, princess seams, side front pockets, stitched hems, concealed front zipper, two-piece sleeves, and self-made toggles with decorative button closure. Also with contrast collar variation. Designed for medium to heavyweight stretch wovens. A DRESS WITH MODERN MOBILITY B5986: Very loose-fitting, pullover dress has right and left extending into collar and drape (tacked at hemline), no side seams, and partially elasticised hemline. Right and left sides are cut on crosswise grain. Also in sleeveless version. Designed for lightweight two-way stretch knits only. TOPS & PANTS THAT FLY HIGH IN ANY SITUATION B5961: Very loose-fitting, pullover top has collar/ length variations and shaped armholes. Fitted, tapered pants have cuff variation, side front and side back seams, topstitching and back…

4 min
the oriental panel

The Australian Sewing Guild Industry Day at Brisbane Northside – with plenty to see and do - was one not to miss! We enjoyed talks and demonstrations from Kerryn’s Fabric World, Kazuyo’s Japanese Fabrics, Genesis paints, Janome and costume maker, Gayle McGregor. Stalls at the event provided shopping opportunities for between talks. At Kazuyo’s stall, I fell for a length of brightly printed fabric from an unpicked kimono. It was about 2.5m long and mostly 36cm wide. Black was the best choice to coordinate with such a strong design. Once home and fabrics both washed, I draped it on Dolly my dressmaker’s dummy, and played with various style ideas. Would it be used for sleeves, yoke panels in a skirt, jacket, or top, or a centre panel in a dress? With a…