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Hem Types FOR CLOTHING ALTERATIONS
When shortening a gown there are a variety of hem choices, but certain hem types will work better on certain fabrics. Normally with clothing alterations you would repeat the original hem style, but sometimes this is not possible or a different method
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Weight AND Drape OF FABRICS
Let’s start with the soft drape of fabrics. If you have a pattern that needs a fabric with soft drape it will be a pattern like Vogue V1302. The fabric suggestions could be silk chameuse, silk crepe de chine, or even stretch jersey. The best thing to
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Prima Donna
V1417: (main image) Pullover top has collar, bias front and back, no side seams, back neck slit with invisible back zipper, shaped hemline, cape attached at neckline and topstitching. Tapered pants (loose-fitting through hips) have waistband, front p
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Two Halves Make One – THE WAISTED GARMENT
If your figure type is not well suited to this fashion look, move on and find something easier to deal with. If your figure is not symmetrical, remember that asymmetrical alterations will require a left and right pattern piece. Please check fabric la
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Pattern Talk – Vogue V9005
MISSES' TOP: Pullover, fitted top has neck and armhole binding, single-layer, shaped overlay variations with narrow hems, wrong side of fabric shows. FABRICS: Matt jersey, lightweight jersey, interlock. Unsuitable for obvious diagonals. MISSES’ siz
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Neckline Know How – Getting it Right
The difference between a good outfit and a great one is often not the degree of expertise with which the garment was made but the ability to have selected a style which flatters the wearer. Many sewers are frustrated at having made outfits where the
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Introducing Janome Skyline S5
Skyline S5 is the latest addition to the Janome range of computerised sewing machines. It has been designed for every type of sewing; hence there are three optional kits that are available for this exciting new model – one for quilting, another for h
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Seeing Reg
FROM THE HOTTEST SCARLET ALL THE WAY DOWN TO A ROSY GLOW, IT’S THE PRIMARY SHADE OF THIS AND EVERY AUTUMN/WINTER … IT WARMS TO ANY NEUTRAL, POPS AGAINST BLACK OR BOLDLY STANDS ON ITS OWN, IN SEDUCTIVELY DRAPED AND WRAPPED SILHOUETTES THAT SOFTEN THE
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Dress Moves
B6086 ‘Fast & Easy’: For gabardine, crepes, taffeta, or double knits. B6087: For crepes or jacquards. B6088: For gabardine, crepes, linens or faille. These above three patterns in Misses’ sizes: 6 – 22. B6090: For challis or crepes. Misses’ sizes:
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No Sweat!
THE SWEATSHIRT UPGRADES TO SOPHISTICATED ‘STATEMENT’ STATUS – 1317: Cropped or full-length sweatshirts, with long or ¾ sleeves, can be made in a variety of knit fabrics with decorative contrast trim, studs, rhinestones and more, as shown here. It’s t
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At Top Speed
K4085 (main image): Pullover tunic has mock-wrap bodice and wrap peplum with uneven hemline, and elasticised waist. Also in sleeveless version. Sew in stretch knits only, with 35% stretch across the grain, such as interlock, jersey, textured knits.
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The New Blues!
Autumn 2015 sees an influx of blue – from baby blue to aqua to cobalt to light navy to midnight! And, at last, navy accessories are being developed to complement. Yes, navy shoes and handbags are back in the fashionable accessory stores. Martin & Sav
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Luxe De Luxe
Navy and white always conjures up a nautical theme but what about using Navy in a more dramatic way by marrying it with silver, copper, gold or olive? Its rich sophistication contrasts so beautifully with these other dramatic colourways you will cert
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Wear What When
Say the word ‘knits’ and run-of-the-mill chunky jumpers or boring sensible cardigans may come to mind ... and while a chunky cocoon-shaped sweater and (now not-so-boring) cardigan are actually at the top of fashion’s hit list this season, which we’ll
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Behind the Seams
Every issue we present the latest in fabric trends, but how often do you look at those luxurious fabrics and wonder what pattern styles would be suitable for them? Here’s some inspiration for these jersey fabrics ... See page 10 for all details of
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Last Minute Summer Finds
6266 SHIRT (above inset): Sleeveless, short- or long-sleeve lengths, in four versions. Misses’ sizes: 8 – 18. 6290 SKIRT: pattern also includes shorts and pants. Misses’ sizes: 4 – 16. 6287 SKIRT (main image): Four versions, in three different leng
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Book Reviews
By Jenny Doh & Cynthia Shaffer Looking for more to do with your overlocker? Go beyond the basic finished edge with these 24 fresh, modern and cute projects that unleash the creative potential of your overlocker. From a ruffle purse to cute puppets to
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Finding Me Again! – A LIFESTYLE WARDROBE PLAN
Once upon a time I could go through the pattern catalogues and select 7 – 10 patterns, make them up and it would see me through an entire season and into the next (even my children follow the Wardrobe Plan Rule – three bottoms, five – seven tops, plu
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Holiday Sewing – Don’t Do It!!
Do you want to hear a sad story? Probably not, but here goes anyway ... A few years ago a woman told me that after her sons had gone back to other cities after the holidays she found her lovingly made, matching, tartan Christmas hats tucked away in a
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The Bodice
Although not a difficult garment to sew, attention to fit is essential. Commonly, the fitted bodice has a princess seam over the bust, a sleeveless armhole combined with a broad or open neckline, and a hemline finish near the high hip. While these fe
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Back to It!
In every sewer’s life there are times when she slows down, or stops sewing. There can be many reasons for this. Machine issues can be one. ‘Old faithful’ might be off in the shop while someone works on her ‘timing’ or even worse, her tension. These a
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Talulah
The collection celebrates a breezy bohemian-luxe vibe (Kelli lives and works in Byron Bay, so the beach-loving lifestyle filters through naturally in her designs) … in soft, silky, very feminine silhouettes and especially in their distinctive prints
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Here Comes The Sun
1355 JUMPSUIT: ‘Easy-to-Sew’ pattern includes short version of this jumpsuit, self-belt and maxi dress, all with neckline options. Misses' sizes: XXS to XXL (4 – 26), 1358 KNIT DRESS: ‘Six Dresses Made Easy’ pattern features high-low or short lengt
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Curves Without Curves – The ‘Slight’ Rectangle
Curves are the domain of women and, generally, the body characteristic creating most problems for the home sewer. However, for a small percentage of women the lack of curves on the figure is equally problematic. While the average home sewer makes the
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YOU HAVE TO Feel Fabrics
One of the most wonderful senses in our body is touch. I love the feel of quality fabrics, but they have to feel wonderful before I want to put them against my skin. Certain fabrics are more appealing to different people. When I conduct a class of an
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BEAT THE heat
V9009 JACKET (above): Three versions. Sew in silk/linen blends, lightweight gabardine, and tropical wool. Misses’ sizes: 6 – 22. V9011 ‘VERY EASY VOGUE’ JACKET AND PANTS (main image): Pants also in shorts length. Sew in broadcloth, linen or crepe.
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What Stands Out This Summer
You’ve seen them all spring … they seem to be everywhere! But are all those strong, graphic prints REALLY workable? We say yes! … and in so many ways, no matter what your shape. The strong, geometric nature of this summer's best prints actually works
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Choosing The Right Method — Shortening A Lace Gown
Lace is a beautiful fabric that creates the most stunning of gowns, whether it is for evening or bridal wear, but it usually comes with a hefty cost. If the gown is too long, it will need to be altered – another expense to consider. Here, Judith disc
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The Long And The Short Of It – Sleeve Proportion
Manufacturers seem to think that just because you have a large bust, you must have wide shoulders, long arms, and be 6ft tall. Unfortunately this isn’t the case with most plus-size women and here lies a continual fitting challenge for this figure typ
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The Perfect Collar
Now that shirts and blouses are back in fashion, and due to the number of new readers who are requesting information on how to make the perfect shirt collar, we have decided to re-run an article we did many years ago, as it is still the best method L
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