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Australian Stitches No. 27-3

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

1 min

The collection celebrates a breezy bohemian-luxe vibe (Kelli lives and works in Byron Bay, so the beach-loving lifestyle filters through naturally in her designs) … in soft, silky, very feminine silhouettes and especially in their distinctive prints – from strong monochromatic graphics with a tribal beat, bold digital abstracts and exotic multi-coloured animal patterns to vibrant splashes of floral prints. They’re lavished on a wide range of items, including one-pieces, silk maxi-dresses, paisley shorts and wonderfully breezy kaftans. Classic ‘boho’ effects such as crochet, fringing and sheer panelling get the sophisticated treatment, most notably on terrific summer dresses, while feminine frills lighten up fun mix-and-match bikini separates. All just the thing for exotic vacations and ocean side escapes ... TALULAH Swim & Resort is now available globally through the TALULAH eBoutique at…

3 min
what stands out this summer

Far be it from us to go on at length about these ... well ... lengthy lovelies, but it’s a fact that the LONG, EASY, FREE-SPIRITED SKIRT for summer just won’t quit, regardless of what hemline fashion is currently pitching. The reason is, it’s actually so versatile (which it may not seem at first glance) and it is surprisingly flattering to a wide range of figures, as long as you get the shape and scale right. The trick is to keep the silhouette clean, simple and relatively lean, meaning a slight flare will suffice. You don’t want to have too much fabric swishing down there, especially around the hip and thigh area (notice the smooth lines even in that very gathered McCall’s number at the bottom left. The wide waistband on…

1 min
here comes the sun

1355 JUMPSUIT: ‘Easy-to-Sew’ pattern includes short version of this jumpsuit, self-belt and maxi dress, all with neckline options. Misses' sizes: XXS to XXL (4 – 26), 1358 KNIT DRESS: ‘Six Dresses Made Easy’ pattern features high-low or short lengths, and neckline/ hemline variations. Misses' sizes: XXS to XXL (4 – 26). 1367 SLIM MAXISKIRT: ‘Easy-to-Sew’ pattern of skirt with side slit includes shorts and pants, with variations. All styles feature knit roll-up yoke for stylish comfort and fit. Misses' sizes: 8 – 24. 1374 TWO-PIECE SWIMSUIT BY PATTY REED DESIGNS: Vintage-inspired swimsuit includes ruched tankini top, ruched bikini top, bottom with or without ruched fold-over. Also includes own cover-up (not shown). Misses' sizes: 6 – 24. 1375 COVER-UP/DRESS: ‘Easy-to-Sew’ pattern in maxi or short length, with sleeve/neckline options. Misses'/Plus sizes: XXS to XXL (4…

9 min
curves without curves – the ‘slight’ rectangle

Curves are the domain of women and, generally, the body characteristic creating most problems for the home sewer. However, for a small percentage of women the lack of curves on the figure is equally problematic. While the average home sewer makes their own garment because of fit problems related to excess curves, the ‘slight’ rectangle has the opposite concern – the lack of curves to fill out the garment design. Read on to find out how to determine if you are a ‘slight’ rectangle and how to manage your sewing projects to suit your figure. Measuring the body While in your underwear, measure in inches across the width of your shoulders, waist and hipline (or thighs if wider than hips), do not measure the circumference of these body parts. To simplify measuring the…

9 min
the long and the short of it – sleeve proportion

Be it long or short, the upper limbs are encased in high fashion this coming season. Look for styles that flatter your proportion, choosing sleek lines for the short, fuller arm and dramatic fullness for the long, slim arm. Adjust the pattern proportionately to maximise your fashion statement and enjoy the frivolous nature of today’s sleeve trends! Getting just the right fashion look is a matter of more than simple garment silhouettes. We need to look at all aspects of a style to determine its total suitability to our figure. Sleeve style is one such feature, often overlooked by the keen sewer. The length and width of a person’s arm greatly influences what sleeve types, armhole shapes, and shoulder lines an individual can wear to successfully complete a fashion statement. With…

5 min
you have to feel fabrics

One of the most wonderful senses in our body is touch. I love the feel of quality fabrics, but they have to feel wonderful before I want to put them against my skin. Certain fabrics are more appealing to different people. When I conduct a class of any kind I start with a Style Expression test. This is my way of discovering and getting to understand what fabrics my client will warm to and like. It saves me time and the client will feel comfortable with my ability, and more so, the feel of the fabrics that I show her. I get each person to pick out three words from the seven different Style expressions. For example, I am Creative 50% Elegant 30% and I need 20% dramatic for my…