10 December 2016

Kimono Twist - First Sample

Inspired by fans, I've finally had a go at the Kimono Twist Dress from the Pattern Puzzles series. My first pattern was cut from a knit kimono block that I made from my Basic Knit Block. I used a mid-weight two-way stretch jersey in a near-block aubergine. And although I've identified some issues for improvement, this first sample's not too shabby.
All the sewing pattern detail you need to cut your own Kimono Twist.
Jump over to the blog on my website and check out the other STUDIO FARO MAKERS samples. :)

22 September 2016

Easy Pattern Making - No Block Required

When I look at the vast amount of pattern making posts I've blogged since 2013, I'm overwhelmed! So I've no idea how you're all coping out there. I'm going to make an attempt to curate some of the posts into different categories so you can use them for a little gentle pattern making. Many of you ask for online training, so this isn't a bad place to start by working your way through the accumulated knowledge in these posts. Here I'll be highlighting some of my posts that are particularly friendly for the beginner pattern maker.
 Self-draft pattern making for a gentle start.

30 July 2016

Vintage Inspired Round-Up


Trawling through my blog post archive I've come to realise that many of my posts have vintage content, and I discover there are at least twenty vintage posts! So this Vintage Inspired Round-Up is to refresh your memory of some of my earlier Pattern Puzzle posts and to share a few points in history where vintage style has influenced my work. Where does it all start?



The rest of the post detail is here!  :)

20 May 2016

Vivienne Drape Dress - First Sample

Back in the land of blogging and I've made a #FirstSample of the Vivienne Drape Dress. I've recently turned this #PatternPuzzle into an afternoon workshop that I hold at the studio. Students spend an afternoon in the studio and leave with this pattern completed in their size of choice. We always start with my Women's Fitted Block and every student builds a pattern plan for the development of this special design.


17 May 2016

Pattern Puzzle - Rectangle Drape Skirt

For this #PatternPuzzle post you have an elegant Drape Skirt that can be cut from a basic skirt block or any pencil skirt pattern. I've included some interesting seaming that works well with the drape feature that's included in the front left skirt.


Find all the pattern making detail here.