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Australian Stitches No26-4

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

4 min
spring’s hit list spring 2014 fashion overview

It’s spring! A season of fresh starts…so there’s no better time to refresh your wardrobe. Here are five of the season’s best items that will do just that. a pretty print dress What’s spring without a dress? It’s as essential to the season as flowers which, incidentally, are blooming all over the greatest dresses now. As a certain fictional movie magazine editor once declared, florals for spring are hardly ‘groundbreaking’…but who cares about that when they are such an easy way to cheer up your wardrobe? Pick any petal, from dainty little sprigs to big, full-blown blooms. If you’re allergic to such prints, fauna works just as well as flora, such as in the colourful, fun butterfly print in the main image, or go for a bolder (but nonetheless wearable), graphic tribal…

3 min
a pocket-less shirt? create a pocket using the same fabric

The first step is to create a pattern for your pocket. The finished pocket size for a large shirt pocket is approximately 13cm x 15.5cm (5 1/8 x 6 1/8in) and a medium size shirt 12cm x 13cm (4¾ x 5 1/8in). In the middle of a piece of paper, draw a rectangle to the appropriate size. To the top of the rectangle, add 2cm (¾in) for the pocket facing; the edge will be overlocked to neaten. If you want to neaten the edge with a turned-back hem, add an additional 6mm (¼in) to the facing. Add a 6mm (¼in) seam allowance to the sides and lower edge; this will create a straight lower-edge pocket. See photo 1. Follow diagram 1 if you would prefer a shaped lower-edge pocket. So where is the…

4 min
swing into spring

Spring has sprung and the weather is warming up, but there’s still a chill in the air. Layering is the best way of dressing to suit the temperature changes of any day. Kerryn has made the perfect lightweight jacket for such occasions, putting the energy of spring back into your life. This stretch woven, cotton/spandex jacket is the perfect addition to your wardrobe. Vogue V8910 is designed to suit most figure types. It is very easy to make and is cut on the cross to give the jacket subtle curves without the cling. The curved hemline is designed to lengthen the legs at the sides and give a visual length illusion to the centre front and centre back. The stand-up collar lengthens the neck (and can help disguise a dowager’s hump). The…

1 min
change of a dress ...


7 min
the mature rectangle

Do not let the middle years influence how you see yourself. If it is the mature rectangle for you, frame your face, elongate the figure and enhance your curves subtly to create a well-balanced fashion statement. Remember to stretch that figure as much as possible, especially if you are in the shorter height category, and sew garments that flatter rather than camouflage the body. Entering into the middle years of life can bring chaos and personal change that may be less than appealing. As we analyse the human body, a common figure type that crops up with regularity is the thick-waisted individual. While we may not be happy with these body changes, the figure can easily be balanced for a more appealing presence. To determine if you are a mature rectangle, follow the…

1 min
light relief

Skirts lighten up and loosen up for spring…in ›oating shapes and ›uttery fabrics K4042: Pull-on skirt has six panels, separate waist casing and narrow hem. One version has contrast panels and ruffl es, as shown at right. Sew in cotton, cotton types or linen. KWIKSTART K4061: Skirts have waist gathered to waistband with hook-and-eye closure, side-seam pockets and back zipper. Shaped hem in two lengths. Sew in challis, rayon blends, cotton types or silk types. All styles this page: Misses’ sizes: XS-S-M-L-XL. www.kwiksew.com…