05 July 2019

Latest from Studio Faro

For the last few months, I've been focussed on getting more patterns and pattern making worksheets online.  This post is a bit of a catch-up for those still connected to me via this blog.  Each of the following images links to a new blog post on the website...


07 May 2018

Pattern Puzzle - Transparent Tuck Dress

Pattern Puzzle - Transparent Tuck Dress

Congrats to Mioara and Gemma solving the Pattern Puzzle in just one comment!  I think I am going to have to up my game to give you all a bit more of a challenge.  This is just the kind of thing we do in the Draped Dresses workshop at Studio Faro.

Below is recent design development I have decided to use for the Pattern Puzzle this week.  The inspiration comes from Comme de Garcon frock I saw in the late nineties.  The image has always stayed with me.  I love their work.


I've updated the graphics and imporved the instructions.  You'll find it all here on the website blog - Pattern Puzzle - Transparent Tuck Dress

26 March 2018

Sampling the Flare and Gather Dress

Every now and then I get an opportunity to sample up one of my Pattern Puzzle posts. This sample is from the Pattern Puzzle - Flare & Gather Dress, posted in June 2014. With all new design ideas for woven's I always make the first sample in calico.



Click through to my free members blog for all the sampling detail.

14 February 2018

First Sample - Twist or Cowl Drape Shift

Well, it's been a long time since I posted this Pattern Puzzle - Twist or Cowl Shift Dress. And I've just rediscovered the sample photos to share with you. Here's the original image of the Pattern Puzzle to remind everyone where we started.

Click through to my free members area blog on the website for the rest of the sample making detail.

07 February 2018

My Drape Pattern Making Method

The origins of my passion for creative pattern making start way back in 1980 when I first went to fashion college. It was at this time that I was introduced to an amazing pattern making book that just lit up my brain. Natalie Bray's technical diagrams leapt off the page and made immediate sense to me. I could hardly contain my excitement at the potential of pattern making. To this end, I believe I was quite the pesky student in our pattern making classes. The student with 20 questions every session, that drove the pattern making teacher crazy. You'll find Natalie's books on all the usual bookselling sites and the prices vary dramatically, so do your research.


More detail for this blog post available on my Well-suited Blog.