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Australian Stitches No 28-3

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.

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3 Issues

in this issue

3 min
everything you need to know about spring

Denim gets a re-boot As we mentioned last issue, denim is zooming to the top of the fashion fabric stash this spring ... yes, it’s always been around, but the news is in how it’s now used, and it’s definitely not just restricted to your casual jeans. Denim is now taken out of that rough-and-tumble context, to appear as a slick, city-wise jacket, as in the nautical-flavoured knockout from Vogue above, or even as easy drawstring pants, as in the very on-trend chambray pair at left … but there are lots of other possibilities that we’ll look at in upcoming issues. Black & White is bigger than ever Why is black and white always such a great pairing when it comes to fashion? Yes, it is definitely a classic in the scheme of…

3 min
reality check

TEXTURED WHITE Even the trickiest trends are a cinch to wear if you add a dose of reality to them! For example, nothing says ‘warm weather’ more than white, and it appeared in almost every designer collection that mattered, but it can look too stark, clinical and cold, not to mention draining to all but the richest of complexions … ‘Warm’ all that white up with texture, and lots of it! Add a lacy yoke and sleeves to that floaty white blouse (the freshest thing to throw over jeans this spring!) and don’t even think of donning a white dress without softening it up with airy textured cottons, eyelet, or broderie anglais. The white dress is a star item of the season and can look so fresh and summery … or it…

1 min
mono magic

M7084: Dress has collar and front bands, princess-seams, fitted bodice and skirt variations, and narrow hem. Sew in chambray, sateen, poplin, cotton blends. Misses' sizes: 6 – 22. M7085 ‘EASY’: Semi-fitted, lined dress (fitted through the bust area) has neckline variations and back zipper. Sew in cotton blends, wool blends, crepes, gabardine. Misses'/Miss Petite sizes: 6 – 22. M7093: Semi-fitted, pullover top or tunic have front seam detail, hemline variations and narrow hem. Sew in crepe de chine, charmeuse, chiffon, georgette. Misses' sizes: 6 – 22. M7097: Skirt has length variations, elasticized waist, godets and narrow hem. Sew in voile, cotton blends, gauze, crepe de chine. Misses' sizes: 6 – 22. www.mccallpattern.com…

7 min
finding the balance

Everyone has a different shape, and even though 10 women might wear a size 12, undressed they will all look different in their proportion. With some figures (and some designs) it is very easy to find the balance of the garment, but everyone has had a garment that needs adjusting – it may slip off the shoulders, the neckline rides to the back, or front for that matter. It’s about getting the overall balance right so it sits well on the body. In all the years Martyn’s been fitting garments he knows what to look for and how to fix the overall balance of a garment/pattern. He now shares this knowledge with you … Being a patternmaker, I’ve never really had the need to use many commercial patterns. Whenever a client brought…

1 min
painterly chiffons!

For high summer check out our PAINTERLY CHIFFONS – soft fluid fabrics in plains and prints. Our prints go from botanicals to abstracts. Colours include grass green, orchid pinks, daffodil yellows, forget-me-not blues and orange zinnia! THINK floaty day dresses, a full blown shirt, wide-legged pants (lined with plain georgette), float tops – or simply just add an extra-long chiffon scarf to a classic linen dress or pantsuit. These light-as-a-feather fabrics are ideal for cruising – for dinner at the Captain table – and for tripping the lights fantastic! Happy sewing – David Tinworth, Martin & Savage Fabrics – david@mands.com.au 1. Dig. Ptd. Chiffon, design: Sunset, 100% polyester, colour: Multi, 145/147cm wide. 2. Hi Multi Chiffon, 100% polyester, colour: Lemon, 147/152cm wide. 3. Dig. Ptd. Chiffon, design: 26813, 100% polyester, colour: Ivory, 145/147cm wide. 4. Hi Multi Chiffon,…

5 min
fabrics with natural movement – chiffon & georgette

Georgette and chiffon – the mere mention of these names makes the most sensible home sewer start pulling out their hair. Novices to intermediate sewers alike view these fine materials with nothing short of fear. While we cannot dispel all the fears surrounding these free-›owing textiles, we can offer some valuable information that may help you progress through this sewing project with some degree of confidence. What is the difference between chiffon and georgette? Georgette is a heavier version of a chiffon-like fabric, which uses crepe yarns to create a fabric with a fine texture, matt finish and natural movement. Styling In order that sewing difficulties are reduced, the first order of business is choosing a style that is suitable to the fabric then choosing a project measuring up to your sewing skill. Since…