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 the website 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 well-suited 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.

31 January 2018

Edith Head Exhibition at the Bendigo Art Gallery.

A sweet opportunity... After a fabulous weekend in Melbourne, teaching at the Stitches and Craft Show, we drove the long way home and stopped off in Bendigo to catch this amazing exhibition. I'm not very good at giving myself time off for rest and recreation but I've long been aware of the great work they do at the Bendigo Art Gallery. And although the show has ended I've selected a handful of my favourite images from the show to share with you here. In particular the main exhibition image below: I'd love a pair of sunglasses just like Edith's. They're so stylish!


For all the images and details of this exciting exhibition go to my website blog - well-suited.

19 January 2018

A Makers Approach to Race Day Fashions

Continuing on from my Race Day Fashions blog post I've decided to share my very own approach to Race Day Fashions. I've done the research and now know the season I'll be going to the races. The Wagga Gold Cup runs in early May so I'm lucky it'll be trans-seasonal. That means not too hot and not too cold but somewhere delightfully in the middle. So my outfit will definitely have a sleeve and maybe even a light jacket. When it comes to the design of my new outfit I've decided not to spend a lot money on this event. To do that I'll be basing my decisions on a favourite pair shoes that I already have in my wardrobe and a complimentary handbag that suits the event. I'll then be comparing these items to my extensive fabric stash to find the best fabric(s) for this project.


Join me on the website blog for the rest of this post:  A Makers Approach to Race Day Fashions

15 January 2018

Race Day Fashions

The last time I went to the races was more than 30 years ago, so race day fashions don't figure large in my life. But a brilliant idea offered by my clever housemate has set me on this new path. For the past few weeks I've been working on some new classes to run in 2018 at the Simply Stitches fabric store in Wagga Wagga. My house mate tells me the Wagga Gold Cup is a big deal in the area and maybe the fashion aspect of racing would be a good motivator for local sewing enthusiasts. And so was born the Wagga God Cup sewing and fitting classes for 2018. This local race day is scheduled in early May so I've planned a six session program over a three month period, February to April, to get some amazing outfits together with Wagga stitchers. The big challenge is to catch myself up on the current trends in race day fashions. This is what I've found so far by scanning the press images of the most recent spring racing carnivals.



Race Day Fashions, most recent blog post, continued on the website blog: well-suited Blog