27 June 2013

Design Conversations 13 - DOMINANCE, CONTRAST & UNITY.

Body conscious styling is a time honoured feature in women's fashion.  In this example contrast seam tape has been used, as a dominant feature, to highlight the panel shaping in this print blocked dress.  Using two different prints/textures provides visual interest through effective use of scale and balance that manages to unify the three different elements in the dress.

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The words in bold reference the detail on the Design Elements and Principles page.

Enjoy :)

26 June 2013

Pattern Puzzle Creation - Pattern Plan for the High Neck Fleece Jacket.

The last Pattern Puzzle generated some curiosity so I have decided to take it from the "what a great idea" stage to reality.  This will reveal all potential issues as we work our way through all stages of prototyping to the final sample.

To begin I have produced a Production sketch with clear front and back views.  For this patten I am using my undarted kimono block to begin my pattern plan.  When working with this block I tend to work the back and front on top of each other.  The reason is that so much of this block is the same front to back with the exception of the necklines and the shoulder/overarm line.  (If this is not clear please comment and ask - always, always happy to respond).  Pic below is the entire pattern plan, with more detail in the following pics.

Set out below are some photos with comments and notes.  

24 June 2013

Pattern Puzzle - High Neck Fleece Jacket

Had a great time on Saturday morning with Alison and Karen taking out the honours on the Pattern Puzzle.  Like our facebook page and be the first to see the Pattern Puzzle next weekend.
Slightly weird shapes in these pattern pieces made it a little difficult.  Can you work out the style before you scroll into the post and see the final sketch?

The pattern plan below shows far better the variation in the hem shape (including facing) and the development of the gusset.

20 June 2013

Design Conversations 12 - CONTRAST & HARMONY

This weeks conversation is in line with our latest Trend Board release on tumblr - BLACKnWHITE

This black and white evening gown has a black velvet bodice, black sequin vertical panels with crisp white contrasting panels.  The difference textures in the black fabrics provide visual interest, while maintaining unity through colour.  The contrasting colours in the vertical panels are dramatic (dominant) and flattering (harmony).

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The words in bold reference the detail on the Design Elements and Principles page.

Enjoy :)

18 June 2013

Graphic BLACK 'n WHITE Trend

It's dramatic, stylish and easy to wear!   The BLACK n WHITE Trend features in many designer collections either as large scale blocking or stripes, stripes, stripes everywhere...

More Trend Boards and leading designs on our tumblr blog #hotfashionitems.

Learn how to find relevant trend forecast information to suit your taste or your collection.  Trend forecast and Design Research are a important part of the introductory training at Studio Faro.  Join us in July for our Introductory Intensive.  Email the studio to find out about our fab offer on these workshops.

Thanks once again to the amazing, generous creatives on tumblr for sharing their trend insights.  #womensweardaily @jeanpaulgaultier @maticevski #woolsilkcolour @marcjacobs #vielamodee

Enjoy :)

13 June 2013

Design Conversations 11 - REPETITION, GRADATION & HARMONY

Design Conversations 11 - REPETITION, GRADATION & HARMONY

A glamorous evening frock with repetition of the ruffle detail made more interesting as it gradually gets bigger towards the hem.  Have you been able to find other design principles is this design?  
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VISIT OUR FB PAGE on Saturday morning if you would like to help solve our Pattern Puzzle.  Have a quick look at last weeks puzzle.

12 June 2013

Trend Confirmation - 'whiteonwhite'

TREND CONFIRMATION - The 'whiteonwhite' story has been running strong for sometime now and can be found in almost every level of the market.  It will be interesting to see how this trend develops over the coming weeks.  More images and Trend Reports on hotfashionitems.

Learn how to follow Trends and build your own Trend Reports at our Fashion Design Development workshop.  Great resources, detailed workbooks and personal attention.  Have a look at our Design Principles & Elements Page full of detail and great sketches.
Enjoy :)

10 June 2013

Pattern Puzzle - Off-the-shoulder Twist Top

Off-the-shoulder Twist Top - PATTERN & PATTERN PLAN

The detailed solution to Saturday's Pattern Puzzle.  Using a Studio Faro knit block I trace out the front and back blocks with side seams facing each other with a minimum 6cm gap.  Also trace out the knit sleeve that belongs to the block.  Following are the briefest details of the pattern plan.  Email me if you have any questions.

PATTERN PLAN - In this order:  BODY - Trace your knit block (two-way stretch) and mark in the neckline and folded band,  use neckline measurements to draft up the neckband (folded), drop the underarm points and increase the width of the top at the underarm point, drop the side seam straight to the hem, increase the length of the top.  SLEEVE - Trace out the knit sleeve block, mark top of sleeve head to match neck band on bodice, drop the top arm line and underarm point as bodice, measure and select the three-quarter length of the sleeve.

06 June 2013

Design Conversations 10 - RADIATION, SCALE & REPETITION

Design Conversations - RADIATION, SCALE & REPETITION
Three Design Principles are featured in this simple summer frock.  These are the kind of Design Conversations we have at Studio Faro in the Fashion Design Development workshop.  
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Enjoy :)

04 June 2013

Pattern Puzzle - Three Colour Wrap Dress

Quite a challenge in the latest Pattern Puzzle from our Saturday morning  conversations on facebook.  This is the original puzzle and the sketch and pattern plan are pasted below.  Alison & Vivienne once again solved the puzzle with flying colours.  Great work!


The dress is sketched up in three blocked colours of Navy, Red and Yellow.