Australian Stitches

magazine No 27-4 · Australian Stitches

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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.


Wear What When


Finding Me Again! – A LIFESTYLE WARDROBE PLAN • This wardrobe plan has taken months of thought and development, plus consultations with Eddi for his expertise. Cate has looked at herself both in the mirror and emotionally/socially, to assess the type of image she wants to portray to the world, plus still fit into the world where she lives. This is what she’s come up with …

The Bodice • The fitted bodice is a flattering and multi-functional garment when styled in the right fabric and combined with the right bottom. Coordinating fabrics will make a two-piece ensemble practical and flexible. The bodice can be made from a textural fabric that blends with a smooth, plain skirt or trouser. Shift the pieces around and a multitude of fashion stories can be created.


Weight AND Drape OF FABRICS • One of the most important things when you are purchasing your fabrics is getting the right type of fabric for the style that you want to make. We have all seen the fabric suggestions written on the backs of the patterns – these are trying to tell you what weight, drape, stretch, transparency or feel the fabric should have to be suitable to make that garment successfully.

PRIMA DONNA • Donna Karan doesn’t get any better than when she applies her signature soft, sculptural awareness of the female form to the season’s luxuriously fluid knits and sophisticated texture-blocked dresses.

Two Halves Make One – THE WAISTED GARMENT • Fashion predicts the meeting of two halves – the waisted garment! Checking out your body proportion before delving into the waisted garment can save you a lot of hard work. While it can highlight some unusual fitting concerns as the asymmetry of an individual’s body becomes evident and havoc reigns, with some adaptation the waisted garment can be flattering for many individuals. What can happen and how to fix it is what this article is all about!

Pattern Talk – Vogue V9005

Neckline Know How – Getting it Right • By becoming subjective about your body's needs and applying the appropriate design lines, you will be amazed how dramatically it will change the way you look.




NO SWEAT! • In rich fabrics, sophisticated prints and lavish embellishments, the humble sweatshirt moves out of the gym to become the wear-anywhere ‘statement’ top of the season ...

AT TOP SPEED • Tops now set the pace… in racy prints, modern fabrics that slide over anything and curve-skimming tunic shapes that even dash into dress mode. Nothing moves faster…


Behind the Seams


Holiday Sewing – Don’t Do It!!

Australian Stitches