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First Sample - Twist or Cowl Shift Dress

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

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 from the Pattern Puzzle to remind everyone where we started. Keep Reading...

My Drape Pattern Making Method

Tuesday, February 06, 2018

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 book selling sites and the prices vary dramatically, so do your research.Natalie Bray my hero. Keep Reading...

Edith Head Exhibiton at Bendigo Art Gallery

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

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! Keep Reading...

A Makers Approach to Race Day Fashions

Sunday, January 14, 2018

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.My starting point for design. Keep Reading...

Race Day Fashions

Saturday, December 16, 2017

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.Lace Transparent and Perforated Keep Reading...

Learn Pattern Making using my Online Resources

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

In this post I hope to link up some of the illustration and patternmaking resources I have on the website so you can plan your pattern making creativity over the summer break.  These suggestions are a combination of free access blog posts, digital product you can buy and download and members blog posts with extra pattern making information.Jersey Twist Patterns Keep Reading...

Trouser Block - Fitting Toile

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

So often I'm asked how I make my fitting toile's for Trouser Blocks, so I'd thought I'd put together a short post with some detail.  Many of the points are small but essential for a good #FirstFitting. You can access a download of my Trouser Block here.  I've also uploaded a worksheet that covers the detail for the first stage of fitting the trouser block.  The PDF worksheet includes detail instructions and technical diagrams to take you through every step of the process. Keep Reading...

Vintage Patterns with My Fitted Dress Block

Tuesday, June 13, 2017
This is a short but dedicated post for all those lovers of Vintage Style.  The focus is on using my fitted dress block to design and cut your own vintage dress sewing patterns.  To work your way through the fitting process you can go to DOWNLOADS on the menu bar and checkout My Blocks PDF (downloads).  The Fitted Dress block has to be one of my favourites and the best place to start for fabulous dress designs.  You can also checkout some of my Members Blog posts that cover the fitting alterations for this block.  To Become a Member all that's required is a password to access even more pattern making magic.Vintage Style Sewing Patterns Keep Reading...

Testing a New Fashion Illustration Task

Thursday, May 04, 2017

For the past decade I've been going into secondary schools and teaching fashion illustration and every time I learn something new about teaching. Each year I develop new materials and techniques to make learning fashion illustration fun.  This year I decided to create some up-to-date illustration templates to use as a ILLUSTRATION TASK in the classroom. After reviewing some recent designer shows I generated about a dozen new images like those below.  Mostly featuring latest catwalk fashion and they were so well received in the classroom I'm thinking of making them into a colouring book that everyone can access online.Fashion Illustration Task Keep Reading...

Stretch Skirt Block and Design Options

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Following on from the Skirt Block and Design Options post I've separated skirt designs that use a stretch skirt block to start your pattern development.  You can use my skirt block to make a stretch skirt block to use with all these pattern puzzle posts.  Some of them have been sampled and those sample posts are also included here.Stretch Skirt Block Keep Reading...



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ALL MY GARMENT BLOCKS

All my garment blocks.
Garment blocks are the basic template we use to make fashion patterns.  They are not patterns in themselves as they have no design detail.  My garment blocks also don't have any seam allowances as they are never sewn together once the fit is perfected.  If you look at any of my Pattern Puzzle posts you'll see that I usually start with a block then modify to achieve my new design idea.  These garment blocks are also based on my size chart as required for the mass production of fashion clothing.

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The challenging patterns, the exciting new design trends and the impossible drapes; that's what I live for.  Disclaimer: These new ideas are offered here for testing and are offered without guarantee.  Allow yourself time and space to truly test and perfect the patterns for all your new ideas.  And please don't give yourself a hard time if the first toile is less than perfect.  It's simply part of a process. Enjoy :)

Using my content

All images, designs, photos and layouts on this blog are created and owned by Anita McAdam© of Studio Faro. They are available for home and personal use only.  If you would like to use our content for teaching or commercial purposes please ask.  I have some amazing resources for teachers and manufacturers. ;) enquiries@studiofaro.com


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