Australian Stitches3 min readFashion & Beauty
Love that DRESS!
One thing we noticed when previewing all the styles from the pattern companies for summer was the proliferation of dresses on offer, but it wasn’t a surprise. After all, nothing says ‘summer’ quite like a fresh, breezy dress … and nothing could be ea
Australian Stitches6 min readFashion & Beauty
Bill Blass
Sometime back in the 1990s several top American fashion designers and other assorted industry types gathered in New York to discuss the possibility of collaborating on a group runway show. When the question of what type of fashion should be emphasise
Australian Stitches5 min readFashion & Beauty
Finding the Perfect Bra
I know you are probably all having a chuckle right now as finding the perfect bra is like finding the City of Atlantis – we all know it should exist but none of us can find it! Read on as Dearne Natoli from Booby Traps has some great tips on getting
Australian Stitches4 min read
Make a New Dress Pattern
Making something new is exciting but usually fraught with anxiety because there is always that fitting problem that pops up. You know the one; the problem that is so big in your head that it takes over your whole sewing life and you avoid many a sewi
Australian Stitches5 min read
Who Is That Person In The Mirror
For many reasons we often get to a point where we lose ourselves in the rut of life. The questions we start asking ourselves are: Who am I? What do I do? Where do I start? What do I need? How can I achieve it? These are all very difficult questions i
Australian Stitches5 min readFashion & Beauty
Why Use Sewing Pattern Software? Part 2
Once you have completed the fitting garments, how do you translate what you learned into making fashion garments you will love? PatternMaster has dozens of style options and over 100 design and fit settings so it can be quite overwhelming to know whe
Australian Stitches2 min readFashion & Beauty
Sail Away – Part 2
You will find nothing here technically out of the ordinary. Most of these simple-cut garments will go with several others so I get a different look each time. After all, I am not travelling in a way where I am constantly meeting new people, as most o
Australian Stitches1 min read
Christmas – Sparkle
Understated sparkle – a bit of an oxymoron – but while this collection does have shine and sparkle, it’s subtle! Dusted pastels, ivory and old gold, white gold, yellow gold and platinum combine to give you a palette that will make you shine at all th
Australian Stitches6 min readFashion & Beauty
Taking the Guesswork Out of Fitting a Commercial Pattern
By Glenda Sparling – Sure-Fit Designs™ Is there an easy way to get a commercial pattern to fit your unique shape? You choose the latest style in a commercial pattern. You read the back of the pattern envelope and choose the size that seems to be mos
Australian Stitches1 min readFashion & Beauty
Roadtest — Butterick B5954
By Wendy Gager for Knitwit Wendy and her team love having fun with the new fabrics that are constantly arriving at their shop, so much so that they can’t wait to try them out with either new or tried-and-tested patterns. And, they call this work! Wo
Australian Stitches2 min readFashion & Beauty
Little Black Dress with a Twist
Nothing completes a woman’s wardrobe like a Little Black Dress (LBD). Runways, movies and red carpets are filled with them, with the ABC (amazing, bizarre and classic) of fashion often represented at an event. With literally hundreds of rolls of qual
Australian Stitches2 min read
Book REVIEWS
By Stephanie Corfee In addition to a 40-page project book packed with more than 20 inspiring prompts and projects, this kit comes with a selection of colourful art tools designed to help anyone turn their doodles into impressive works of art! Creativ
Australian Stitches3 min read
You Can Do This!!!
By Barbara Emodi “I am wondering if I should give up sewing? Lately nothing fits and I am fed up.” Today I read a question posted in one of the sewing discussion groups I visit that really struck me. As you can imagine the response comments were i
Australian Stitches3 min readFashion & Beauty
Spring’s hit list SPRING 2014 FASHION OVERVIEW
By Eddi Frantz 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. What’s spring without a dress? It’s as essential to the season as flowers which
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