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Australian Stitches No. 25-7

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 the editor

Welcome to the latest issue of Australian Stitches! This issue, we take a look at the latest trends and newest styles of the season. Our Fashion Editor Eddi has put together a stunning selection of pieces that are a must for your wardrobe! We have also included some great articles full of helpful sewing advice. Learn how to digitize your sewing patterns and how to easily alter the length of your favourite dress. Make sure to check out our new shopping guide sections – we have found a fabulous variety of products and fabrics to inspire your next creation! We love to hear from our readers, so if you have any feedback or would like to show us photos of your latest creation then send it in to us! You can…

4 min
on top!

Nice Splice What’s the newest way to update even the simplest T-shirt top or tunic? Splice it! Not only does it create unique design interest, as you can combine several colours or prints in one item, (we particularly love the way it gives graphic black and white stripes a new spin as shown on these pages,) but they can also flatter your figure like nothing else. For example, look at the cowl necked tunic by Kwik•sew on the facing page; - the diagonal stripes going across the bottom half of the garment visually minimises hips, as the contrast of horizontal stripes does in the top half. Mixing those stripes with solid colours on one half of the garment, as in the Butterick style also on the facing page, also instantly slims…

4 min
digitizing paper sewing patterns

With a digital or smart phone camera, you can actually turn your paper patterns into digital patterns that can be edited into new styles or altered in size to fit your measurements. You can also turn patterns that you have created by draping on a dress form into digital patterns. Digitizing or tracing paper sewing patterns in a CAD (computer-aided design) program such as Wild Ginger Software’s Cameo or PatternMaster pattern making software programs is a fairly simple process that can produce extremely accurate patterns. Preparing to Trace a Pattern Depending upon the complexity of the curved areas on your pattern, it may be helpful to mark complex curves on a pattern prior to tracing. Our pattern making software programs use arcs to create curves and each arc needs three points. By placing…

3 min
dress lengthing

There are a few reasons why a dress might need to be lengthened. But the main one I come across is that of age. As we get older, our knees just don’t seem to hold the same appeal that they did when we were younger. So a dress that is above or on the knee might not look as good as it did 5 or 10 years ago. One of my clients had this happen and she came to me with some plain chiffon fabric to add to the bottom of a floral dress. The colour she chose and the type of fabric were perfect for this alteration. This is the dress before it was lengthened. (See Photo 1) My client chose the length of the frill. I did give an opinion on…

3 min
fuzzy logic

The easiest way to incorporate furry textures into your look, opposite: - In a luxurious wrap (contrasted with woven wool), a ‘donut ring’ scarf or a long-line gilet, the most flattering layering piece around this season. Fashion’s new fuzzy logic doesn’t just stop at your wardrobe. Those cosy, cuddly furry textures are perfectly at home, thrown over your couch, your bed, or anywhere else you love to snuggle up!… Look for cool, sophisticated neutral shades in natural browns, camels, tans and greys, and a differing range of lush, thick-pile textures, (such as in the patterned and textured, shaved-pile throw next to those longer-pile fur cushions,) and then contrast all that furry fabulousness with smooth textured leathers or equally smooth buttery suede. Afraid of faking it while making it? Don’t be,…

5 min
useful sewing techniques

RUFFLER FOOT F051 – Probably the scariest looking foot of all but very easy to use to create a wide variety of results. This is a clip on foot but as you attach the foot insert the fork arm. The first time you use it you will need to set up the foot for your machine. Adjust the left-right + back-front adjustment screw (refer to photo 1) so the needle is positioned in the centre of the hole. You will not need to change this, unless you are using on a variety of machines. There are 4 settings on the space adjustment lever: (photo 3) • Position 1 – a pleat every stitch – very full pleat/gather. • Position 6 - a pleat every 6 stitches-medium pleating/gathering. • Position 12 – a pleat every 12…