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Relating Body Measurement to Your Pattern
You have taken detailed body measurements to ensure a perfect fit from your commercial pattern, but what do you do with them? Follow these clear instructions on using those measurements to check and, if necessary, adjust your pattern to your individu
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Go KIMONO
1108 ‘easy-to-sew’: Kimono pattern features styles for every occasion, and includes draped kimono in short or long lengths with contrast bands, straight floor-length kimono, and short kimono with or without trim. Sew in challis, crepe back satin, cre
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Take Five...
www.voguepatterns.mccall.com Semi-fitted, unlined cardigan has single-layer band extending to back and side slits. Pullover top is closefitting. Bias, pullover dress (fitted through bust) has facings and shaped hemline, wrong side shows. Skirt and t
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Sun Seekers
M7156: Dress (close-fitting through bust), has shoulder straps, princess-seams and invisible back zipper. Pattern also includes wide-legged romper and jumpsuit. Designed for lightweight to medium-weight wovens. Misses'/Miss Petite sizes: 6 – 22. M716
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A Time to Learn – Part 1
Note: This series can be used as a self-teaching guide, or to help teach a friend or family member the art of sewing. Knowing how to sew successfully is a skill that will last you a lifetime, and one you will be glad to learn. Let’s begin! There a
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A New Edge...
B6218 KATHERINE TILTON: Loose-fitting, pullover top in four variations (three shown here) has mock side front band with button trim, side slits, back seam detail, right side back slit, grain line variations, shaped back hemline, wrong side shows, nar
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WHO FLARES, Wins
6371: (Main image) Easy drop-waist trapeze dresses include short sleeve or sleeveless dress with scoop neck, and flutter sleeve or sleeveless dress with uneven hem and deep scoop neckline. Misses’ sizes: 10 – 22. 6346: (Top inset) Easy, flared full s
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Snap Out of It!
1. Using the left over scraps, from your garment, cut the desired number of discs from the fabric. Cut the discs approximately 5mm larger than the stud’s diameter. Use a coin or small curtain ring to obtain a nice circle, photo 1, and if the fabric i
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Quick Change
This is such a simple pattern change, even a beginner can achieve the pattern modification and achieve the look. Pattern: Vogue V9115 view B Reduce the sleeve length from the cutting line to bracelet length (approximately 10cm [4in] above the wrist b
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GREAT Expectations
“My knees disappeared during my rst pregnancy, so I now know to keep away from short lengths ...” noted one mother-to-be for the second time. A long, easy dress or skirt is now a summer mainstay, now boldly printed in ‘70s retro zig-zag patterns or
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Lingerie Guards
Although lingerie guards are an old stand-by, their importance is sometimes overlooked. Frequently used to control the straps of undergarments so they do not show or fall off the shoulder, lingerie guards are also useful tools to control the neckline
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The SEASONLESS EDGE
In viewing all the designer fashion collections here and overseas these past few years, we were struck by the number of coats, knits and even leather and suede in a great many Spring/Summer ranges, while the Autumn/Winter offerings had a lot of imsy
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Amber
Pattern: Megan Nielsen MN1001 AMBER/Simplicity 1469 The instant download version of this pattern is available from http://megannielsen.com/ This garment was made to the pattern.The pattern instruction sheet recommends using your pre-pregnancy bust me
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Madame Weigel meets the Australian Sewing Guild
Veronica began her journey when she decided to study Madame Weigel’s work by PhD, enrolling at Queensland College of Art, Griffith University. Six years later she graduated with Academic Excellence (a thesis unchanged by the examiners), amassing a hu
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Narrow Shoulders
There are two ways to determine where the top of the sleeve should sit on the shoulder: 1. Raise the sleeve up onto the shoulder and pin the sleeve to the correct position. 2. Place pins all the way around the edge of the shoulder.See photo 1. If you
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So Vintage Patterns
Ever since Lana could hold a pencil she drew fashions. This love of fashion graduated into a love of paper dolls and all their beautiful clothing. By Lana’s teenage years her collection of fashion magazines included every American Vogue magazine, as
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Sure Things
Burda Style patterns at www.simplicity.com ■
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An Ever Changing Wardrobe!
Kerryn’s Fabric World was sold in April 2015. Selling the store took me from a 6 day a week fabric retailer to a semiretired, smart casually dressed person working from home or travelling to run workshops. I have been planning semi-retirement for the
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Petite Pants
Fitting pants involves fitting the contours of the body such as the crotch curve and thighs. For this reason and for more accuracy we used a toile for this garment instead of using the tissue-fit method. We measured the hip and checked this against t
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Balancing Darts
This is the most common method for balancing darts. It can be used on lined and unlined garments. It works better for larger darts. 1. Stitch the dart and knot the threads at the dart point. 2. Wrong side up, press the dart flat 3. Slash the centre o
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Just Checking
M7168 ‘CREATE IT!’: Lined swimsuits have elasticised bra top and bottom variations. Create your own design with mix and match pattern pieces. Misses' sizes: 6 – 22. M7164 ‘EASY’: Wide-legged pants (also shorts) in four variations, Designed for medium
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Elastication
Elastic is a product that comes in vast forms and qualities. Like most things, you get what you pay for and elastic is one of those things that requires no compromise. When dealing with swimwear, lingerie and other knit garments, be guided by what th
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Pleats! ... and More Pleats
Sewing level: Advanced Figure shapes: Triangle, Inverted Triangle and Hour Glass Pattern description: Pleated, self-lined dress (close-fitting through bust) has topstitched shoulder straps, back inset and lower bands, side pockets, and invisible back
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All For One
1142 ’IT’S SO EASY’ JUMPSUIT: (top and middle inset) Jumpsuit can be made long with V-neck in front and back, or short as a romper with keyhole and tie. Sew in batiks, chambray, cotton types, soft lightweight linen types, silky types or jersey. 1143
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Encased Cuff and Sleeve
• Finish the chosen placket opening on the sleeve and stitch the seam line together. • Gather or pleat the lower edge as per the pattern instructions. • Interface one section of the cuff and place right side down on a table. • Place the sleeve right
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Back To Nature
BACK TO NATURE with floral prints in sheer georgettes. These prints that need very little design element – just think floaty dresses, blouses, tunic tops and full, evening skirts. Our M & S colours are inspired by nature – sky blues, deepest lake ind
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Control The Heat!
Here are a few tips to construction: • Check the bodice length and adjust if necessary – the elastic should sit on the natural waistline and there should be approximately 2.5 – 3cm (1 – 1¼in) blousing. Too much blousing will cause views A and B neckl
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Construction Elements —Concealed Button Plackets
Most sleeve plackets have a single pattern piece. However, this pattern has a concealed button placket in the centre front so two pattern pieces are provided; one for the right hand side (including the concealed buttonholes) and one for the left hand
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Buttonholes Explained!
Most zigzag sewing machines come with a buttonhole foot. The simplest have a wide opening to accommodate the needle swing and a large groove underneath to help the foot glide over the stitch thickness. Some feet include an embossed gauge to judge the
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Summer SIZZLE
The news in hot weather dressing: Vibrantly printed layered tank tops and maxi-dresses with an asymmetrical edge … pyjama-easy patterned pants dressed up with the subtle shimmer of silky metallics on top … ‘70s ethnic tunics banded in brights … Burda
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