CHRISTMAS GIFTS & DECS ISSUE 6
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STYLISH PROJECTS TO SEW
Update your winter wardrobe
Fantastic Christmas gifts – pamper set, pretty purse, men’s tie & more 10 fab ideas with buttons Bag-making – box corners made easy Clever bathroom storage
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Ernest the elephant
Sweet baking bag
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Great beginner’s patterns
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The Dorothea Tea Dress
YOUR FREE PATTERNS
With two free patterns each featuring three gorgeous styles, it’s time to update your wardrobe!
Winter style Create three stunning looks with your free Dorothea Tea Dress pattern and choose a collar and sleeve length to suit your style With three sleeve lengths, two necklines and two different skirts to choose from, the Dorothea Tea Dress is the perfect pattern to take you from autumn through to winter. With a dress as stylish as this, it’s easy to transform your look from day to evening, too. Simply swap a cardi for a glitzy jacket and if you want to really glam up, add a bright belt, heels and matching accessories. We chose a soft jersey for this gorgeous teal dress, as it’s warm, drapes beautifully and is easy to sew too, but you can also use a challis, faille or crepe if you’d like a floaty or more formal look.
Choose from 3 different looks
Build your skills Style A
SIMPLE AND ELEGANT l Straight gored skirt l Sleeveless l Round neck
FIGURE FLATTERING l Straight skirt l Gathered aboveelbow sleeves l Raised neckline
LONG SLEEVES l Flared skirt l Longer length sleeves l Raised neckline
Stitch your Dorothea dress with this gorgeous raised neckline and gathered sleeves for a retro twist
Choosing your correct pattern size 1. Bust – measure around the fullest part of your bust and straight across your back. 2. Chest – measure around your body above the fullest part of your bust. 3. To determine your cup size you will need two measurements: Bust: measure straight across the back over the fullest part of the bust. High bust: measure across your back, high up under the arm and across the top of your bust. Deduct HIGH BUST measurement from BUST measurement for the difference. Using the DIFFERENCE measurement, find your cup size on the chart below:
Cup Size Chart Difference
Up to 1in (2.5cm)
Up to 2in (5cm)
Up to 3in (7.5cm)
Up to 4in (10cm)
4. Waist – measure around your body at your natural waistline. 5. Hip – measure around your body at the fullest part – usually 7-9in (18-23cm) below your waist. 6. Back waist length – measure from the most prominent bone at base of your neck to your natural waistline. 7. Height – measure (without shoes) standing against a wall.
Flattering kneelength skirt
“We chose this beautiful turquoise floral crepe-de-chine for its autumnal colours and vintage feel”
Choose from 3 different looks Style A LAYERED SLEEVES l Draped cowl front l Shaped hemline l Layered sleeves
Style B FIGURE FLATTERING l Draped cowl front l Stitched hem on sleeves l Button detail
Style C COSY PONCHO l Asymmetrical hem l Cut on crosswise grain l Snap closing
Perfect for layering
Wrap up warm
Your free Olivia Sweater Coat & Poncho pattern from the Threaders Autumn/Winter Collection includes three stylish variations Whether you choose a wool jersey, ponte or sweater knit fabric, this sweater coat is the perfect autumn/winter cover up. Throw it on over your favourite jeans at the weekend or wear with tailored trousers for a smart casual look.
Stitch yourself this stunning poncho to keep yourself cosy as the winter nights draw in
Go for a textured fabric
Top tips for sewing with sweater knits 1
The term ‘sweater knits’ describes a number of fabrics which resemble hand-knitted, textured fabric including wool or cotton jersey and rib knits.
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Use a stretch needle to prevent puncturing the fabric. Minimize pressing, so you don’t flatten the texture with heat and steam. When pressing is needed, apply just the tip of the iron to the seam.
Wash finished garments carefully by hand, avoiding heat or agitation, and they will keep their shape and texture.
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20 GIFTS FOR HER
Pamper your loved ones with one of these gorgeous gift ideas, or why not treat yourself?
Make in an evening!
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Oh so dapper!
39 GIFTS FOR HIM
Wondering what to make for the men in your life? Fun, practical, stylish â€“ we have it covered!
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Stylish & simple to make!
56 Pretty pinwheels
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62 HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Give your house a festive makeover with these fun and chic home dĂŠcor projects
gentle Opt fosr and tiny pastelnts for a pri y look class
Make a statement this Christmas with a string of padded hearts cascading from a big flouncy bow. By Debbie Shore crafterscompanion.co.uk
Bake a cake!
Treat your favourite baker to a shiny new set of handy baking tools, all packed away in a sweet fabric bag By Lesley Tawton
The simple structure of this oh-sopretty bag is super-quick to make