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Australian Stitches No. 25-5

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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Sunray Publications Pty Ltd
3 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
from the editor

Change – sometimes it’s for the good, and well, sometimes it’s not! You are either open to change, or you’re not. With the constant changes in fashion, you have to adapt to them or you get stuck in the rut of wearing the same style ‘since forever’. With Eddi’s Shapewise Guide & Pattern Trends, I hope you can make the ‘change’ and adapt some of the information into something that will suit your personality and lifestyle! As for the rest of the magazine … it’s full of sewing information and creative ideas, all of which I hope you enjoy! Happy sewing until next time, PS. If you have a story to share, or a new garment you have created, we’d love to hear from you. Please email me at stitches@wpco.com.au…

6 min.
shapewise stars of the season

The Statement Coat A ‘statement coat’ may seem scary at first, as the statement it makes is o›en quite bold, in shape, colour and pa›ern. But there is really nothing to fear, if you keep a few points in mind. Oversized shapes s›ll reign supreme this winter, so when wearing such roomy shapes, keep the line very sleek and streamlined underneath … playing the season’s latest colour game of wearing similar shades tone-on-tone not only elevates the sophis›ca›on of your ou›it and shows you know what’s current (deep wine and burgundy shades are the stars of the season), it puts those challenging oversized shapes in a fla›ering new light, as seen by the great look by Vogue at le›. Bold colours or pa›erns call for a more streamlined, o›en princess seamed shape,…

3 min.
beads and sequins

Most beaded and/or sequined fabrics are on a thin fabric base, usually silk or rayon. Before beginning your project, familiarize yourself with the proper›es of the base fabric. Pattern Suggestions Simple dresses, jackets, and tops. Simplicity is the rule as the fabric is going to be the star of this show in this look! Eliminate any design styles with mul›ple pa›ern pieces, darts, or small pieces such as collars and welt pockets. Having chosen a pa›ern, firstly make a test garment. A›er comple›ng your altera›ons, use the toile as your pa›ern, thread-tracing the s›tching lines on to the backing of your beaded/sequined fabric. TIP: If your outfit has a jacket, use the beaded/ sequined fabric for the front of the top only. Using a smooth fabric for the back of the top, maybe a…

5 min.
anatomy of the pant leg

Pant Body Cut The pants body cut is determined by the length of the front and back crotch extensions. The crotch extension is that por›on of the pant that extends out from centre front and centre back to cover the inside part of the leg. See diagram 1. The crotch extensions determine how the pants conform to the body. The length of the crotch extension is determined by the hip circumference, the upper thigh circumference, and the desired style. The front crotch extension is most o›en shorter than the back crotch extension. The length of the crotch extensions can be changed to accommodate a protruding or flat abdomen or bu›ocks. Body cut op›ons include jean, slack, trouser, and culo›es. See diagrams 2 and 3. Jean Body Cut The jean cut is the closest…

2 min.
designer signatures: paco peralta barcelona

This beloved Spanish couturier and a long-›me favourite of the online sewing community (his blog, uniquedesignerpa›erns.blogspot.com.es was one of the first Spanish sewing blogs) is thrilled to bring his elegant tailoring to Vogue Pa›erns. It was his discovery of that pa›ern collec›on in the mid ‘80s that sparked his love of sewing in the first place - “By pure chance a friend brought me a copy of ‘Ves›dal’, a magazine that was published in Spain and that showcased Vogue models,” he recently recalled to Vogue Pa›erns Magazine. “I was surprised to see two dresses by big Paris designers photographed in it. I then found out that those pa›erns could be bought at a department store in the city.” He bought his first Vogue pa›ern (Vogue Individualist Issey Miyake 1476) and…

3 min.
sway back adjustment

NOTE: The illustrations for these instructions show a pattern block without seam allowances. When making pattern adjustments it is a good idea to first remove all seam allowances, make your corrections, and then add seam allowances back. Begin by marking four slash lines on pa›ern (shown in red on Photo 1 ). 1. Along the waist line. 2. Up to the cross back line, parallel to the centre back (the cross back is about midway between the bust and the shoulder). 3. Angled to the end of the shoulder seam at the armhole. 4. Angled to the end of the shoulder seam at the neckline 5. Determine how much fabric needs to be removed at the centre back, generally about 2.5cm (1in). Mark a line (Line 5 in Photo 1) this distance above the waist line.…