30 March 2015

Pattern Insights - Twist Tee

The #PatternPuzzle was quite a hit with our Facebook fans on Saturday.  In many ways a straightforward pattern that yields fab results.  Use any loose fit tee shirt block or pattern to make this fashion forward Twist Tee.

If you'd like to learn my method for creating Twist Drape Patterns I have a detailed worksheet for making Jersey Twist Patterns. For just a few dollars you'll get the same training you'd get if you came to the workshop in my studio.

For all the pattern making detail for the Twist Tee jump across to the website blog.

23 March 2015

Pattern Puzzle - Drape Skirt

This week's #PatternPuzzle is the simplest addition to a classic pencil skirt.  With the introduction of a front left side panel you are able to include the drape shape easily around the waist and into the panel seam.

For all the pattern making detail for the Drape Skirt jump across to the website blog.

16 March 2015

Pattern Puzzle - Vintage Fancy

Since the earliest of my pattern making days I have had a passion for the tailored femininity of vintage styling.  And now that I have discovered an extensive online community that enjoys both fashion and vintage designs I am presented with so many beautiful options for our weekly pattern puzzle.  I found this weeks inspiring image in a wonderful tumblr blog, The Tailors Desire, full of all things vintage.  :)

For all the pattern making detail for the Vintage Fancy jump across to the website blog.

09 March 2015

Pattern Puzzle - Double Drape Maxi

You may be forgiven for thinking that we often torture the stuffing out of our fabulous #PatternPuzzle fans.  Well, last Saturday was no exception.  I did a slightly tricky thing with a 'grown-on hood' and it was enough to make the pattern shapes very hard to read.  The idea I have is to cut this dress in a merino jersey.  That could be either a one-way or two-way stretch jersey.

The Double Drape in the Maxi refers to the #CowlDrape on the back of this dress and the #GatheredDrape on the centre front seam.  The hood styling may also be considered a #CowlDrape with the large tuck and the centre back line on the fold.

For all the pattern making detail for the Double Drape Maxi jump across to the website blog.

02 March 2015

Pattern Puzzle - Transparent Bomber Jacket

Inspired by a delicate sketch in my visual diary from many years ago, the Transparent Bomber Jacket is a summer season take on a recent winter trend for classic bomber jackets.  This design will rely on a lightweight transparent fabric that will gather well with the elastic bands and still hold a soft, full shape.

For all the pattern making detail for the Transparent Bomber Jacket jump across to the website blog.