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Australian Stitches No. 27-2

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.

Sunray Publications Pty Ltd
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3 Issues

in this issue

8 min
fair weather trends friends

GRAPHIC PRINTS You’ve seen them all spring … they seem to be everywhere! But are all those strong, graphic prints REALLY workable? We say yes! … and in so many ways, no matter what your shape. The strong, geometric nature of this summer's best prints actually works in their favour, as they can be scaled up or down to suit any garment without losing any of their impact. Think you’re too curvy for a printed pant, for example? Pick a monotone geometric print that's really compact, in coordinating tones to your top (better if that top is tunic-length!) as we show in the Simplicity outfit at left. It’s a fail-safe strategy to wearing print below the waist, even on summer’s wider leg styles, a shape we will see lots more of next…

1 min
swept away

1810 TUNIC TOP: For laundered cottons, challis, crepe, laundered silks-rayons, silk linen, matt jerseys, soft lightweight linen and linen blends, voile or double georgette. 1809 JACKET AND PANTS: For gingham, laundered cottons, batiks, sateen, laundered silks-rayons, cotton interlock, jerseys, linen and linen blends, lightweight pique, poplin, twill, sateen. 1466 TUNIC/TOP, SKIRT & SLIM CROPPED PANTS: Also includes dress style. For stable medium-weight woven fabrics such as brocade, chambray, damask, linen types, pique, poplin, sateen, satin, stretch wovens, taffeta, tweed or Ponte knit. Misses'/Women’s sizes: (10 – 18/20W – 28W).…

4 min
plus-sized clothing alterations

Manufacturers seem to think that just because you have a large bust, you must have wide shoulders, long arms, and be 6ft tall. Unfortunately this isn’t the case with most plus-size women and here lies a continual fitting challenge for this figure type. In this article, Judith covers two garment types and how to alter them for a woman with an 18DD bust. TOP During the pattern grading process a garment pattern will increase in width and length, which means that the shoulder width increases as well (a ¼in each size). This isn’t such a problem if you are making a top for yourself, particularly if working with a multi-sized pattern, because you can adjust the shoulder width accordingly. If you have purchased a top, this may mean a lot of alterations to…

3 min
construction elements – patch pockets

This series of articles focuses on various areas of garment construction, offering different methods from those detailed in the pattern guide sheet. The ability to personalise garments is one of the great benefits of being able to sew. Adding in-seam or patch pockets can provide both functional and decorative elements to many garments. Patch Pockets Because patch pockets are a feature on the outside of the garment, care is needed in placement for the most flattering effect. When using printed fabric, matching the print (especially a plaid or stripe) will often give a more professional appearance to the garment. Tip: Make a template pattern of the actual finished pocket in tissue paper and trace match points so that the pocket can be cut to assist in pattern matching. Any shape can be used for patch…

4 min
perfect in the pool, brilliant at the beach

A successful swimsuit depends on a combination of factors which need careful consideration before you take on the task. As swimsuits nearly always fit the body closely, choose patterns that do the same. The chosen fabric must have a suitable amount of stretch for the pattern. Finally, the fit must be just right. The lengthwise fit of a swimsuit is just as important as the fit around the body, especially as it is more difficult to alter once the fabric is cut. The following information will help with specific problems and may be applied to all swimwear and activewear patterns. 1. Measurements – must be correctly and accurately taken. See diagram 1. Width: Compare your personal measurements with those of the pattern. The joy of a multi-sized pattern is they are perfect for…

5 min
sewing buddies

Each woman started off putting $50 a month into a ‘kitty’ bank account. After a short time they decided that they could buy an overlocker between them. After looking around and doing a deal with Baby Lock they found they had enough money for one overlocker each. This kitty also pays for their subscription to Stitches magazine. Having a sewing buddy is fantastic as you have a good friend to help during the cutting, fitting and finishing stages. The social interaction is also wonderful therapy. After being in the shop for about an hour, I showed them my Maria Martin Pattern Drafter and how I use my basic block calico pattern, which fits me perfectly, as a guide to pattern-adjust my commercial patterns. These in-store demo garments are used to give…