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Pattern Puzzle - The Morticia Skirt

Monday, August 18, 2014

Saturday's #PatternPuzzle had a large number of pattern pieces, all used to make five different skirt patterns, that all make the same style of skirt - The Morticia Skirt.  Many of the drafting methods used in these patterns are self-drafted with full instructions (no block required).  If you don't fancy drafting this skirt pattern I've just added the eight panel Morticia Skirt Pattern to the website. :)The Morticia Skirt Keep Reading...

Pattern Puzzle - The Japan Skirt - no block required!

Monday, August 11, 2014

The Japan Skirt - Self-drafted Pattern.  Rectangle skirts are nothing new.  What maybe new is the way you work your rectangle.  This particular pattern has been hanging on my pattern rail for at least 8 years.  Originally developed for merino ponti, grading up and down in sizes allows you to cut this pattern in a variety of knit and woven fabrics.Japan Skirt Pattern Puzzle Keep Reading...

Pattern Puzzle - Triangle Drape Dress

Monday, July 28, 2014

It is the simplest of shapes and elegant to boot, the Triangle Drape Dress #PatternPuzzle was solved in an instant by our resident pattern champ Mioara.  You may remember her recent contribution to our weekly fun - a very clever #PatternPuzzle.  Our choice this week was inspired by Meegan Williams sending us a link to her favourite dress.  And she was right, it is not a complicated style.  Made in a lightweight silk/rayon jersey knit, the kimono style drapes beautifully through the side seam area as it collapses over the hip and hugs the thighs.Triangle Drape Dress  Keep Reading...

Pattern Puzzle - Flare & Gather Dress

Monday, June 23, 2014
A very clever bunch of #PatternPuzzlers were able to nail all the detail in this complex design on Saturday.  The most baffling part of the pattern shape were the very deep tucks in the left shoulder.  This draped style mixes straight and bias grains with tucks and gathering and an invisible zip in the left side seam.Flare and Gather Sewing Pattern Keep Reading...

Pattern Puzzle - Twist or Cowl Shift Dress

Monday, May 26, 2014

Pattern Puzzle - Pinstripe Panel Skirt

Monday, May 19, 2014
With some very clever spatial reasoning our fans we able to solve all the detail in Saturdays #PatternPuzzle.  They were cutting up bits of paper and making impossibly small skirts into the wee hours to reveal all the answers.  They make our Saturdays so much fun.  :)  This weeks #PatternPuzzle was inspired by one of those pins without a link to the source but I'm pretty sure it's a Donna Karan.  I did leave off a bit of the frippery (small drape near the waist) as I prefer a cleaner style and there is already so much going on in this skirt.  Pinstripe fabric is the driving force in this design, with the directional use making so much of the intricate panels.  The Colour Map below will help make sense of all the pattern pieces and where they belong in the skirt.Pinstripe Panel Skirt
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Pattern Puzzle - Cowl Drape Dress

Monday, May 12, 2014
Oh good grief! was the first response to our Saturday morning #PatternPuzzle.  However by mid-afternoon all was solved and the sketch delivered.  The Cowl Drape Dress features a wide, built-up neckline that leads to a folded cowl.  The front dress panels are led out of the cap sleeve armhole and head toward the low waist area on the left side of the dress.  Deep tucks are set into the skirt panel and meet the side body panel in a waterfall drape.  The Back panels are also led out of the cap sleeve armhole and end just above the seat.  There is a CB invisible zip from the neckline to the hip line.Cowl Draped Dress Keep Reading...

Pattern Puzzle - Waterfall Jersey Skirt

Monday, May 05, 2014
This weeks #PatternPuzzle was quickly solved by the fans on Saturday morning.  Together they were able to provide all the important detail for this Waterfall Jersey Skirt.Waterfall jersey Skirt Keep Reading...

Pattern Puzzle - Kimono Twist Dress

Monday, April 28, 2014

Every week new fans turn up to comment and solve my #PatternPuzzle and this week was no exception. Steph Go was in early with a comprehensive answer revealing the main parts of the pattern piece. Then Julie and Lynn turned up a little later to finish off the puzzle. This elegant evening dress is a little daring, showing lots of leg and decolletage. It will always look good in soft drapey fabrics such as silk crepe, lightweight stable knits, silk and polyester chiffon's.  With a little experimentation I think it could be cut in either knit or woven fabrics. The style relies very heavily on the fit on the high hip where the twist is formed. This feature holds the entire dress in place. 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.Pattern Making Instructions Kimono Twist Dress sewing pattern by Studio Faro. Keep Reading...

Pattern Puzzle - Waterfall Drape Skirt

Monday, April 21, 2014

Zuzana Grimm had her ahha moment on Saturday afternoon and solved this #PatternPuzzle.  Julie and Vicki gave her a good start in the morning with some great detail.  The weird pattern shape is a one piece pattern for a ruched jersey skirt with waterfall drape.   Keep Reading...



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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 :)

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