Monday, October 20, 2014
The idea behind this weeks #PatternPuzzle is to use a classic drape
style to show how the fitting darts in my bodice block
turn into drape
according to design. And to also have a go at making my pattern making
technique as clear as I can. Keep Reading...
Monday, October 13, 2014
We had a fantastic time on Saturday with the #PatternPuzzle. Jump over to FB
and check out the most amazing contributions made by our fans, with drawings no less. :) This kimono styled dress was quite a challenge in the pattern making department. Firstly you have to decide if the wrap over is an authentic two-layer wrap or if you are going to seam the pieces together. I've gone for the two layer option and included a zip in the CB seam as the only place where the two bodice layers join. Keep Reading...
Thursday, October 09, 2014
The Patent Blouse has become a favourite top for me after the first set of samples were very wearable. Previous post here
It has become such a favourite that I managed to wear out my first red
sample very quickly. Unfortunately rayon is not made to last and very
soon the surface of the knit was a little shabby with pilling. I have
promised myself that the next red patent blouse will be made in merino. Keep Reading...
Monday, October 06, 2014
My first introduction to Erté was the year after leaving fashion college
when my Dad gave me a copy of this book for christmas. Such a pattern
making novice at the time, I had no idea how I would ever achieve such
challenging designs. Keep Reading...
Monday, September 29, 2014
Identify the elements in a design that you particularly like. Using
your drawing skills to re-work these elements in a design more suited to
your needs or your market. This is the beginning of design development
in any new season, when you look to the top end of the market for
Monday, September 22, 2014
Another great turnout on Saturday with loads of new fans having a go at
the #PatternPuzzle. And in the end it was the simplest of design
features that generated the most creative answers. This bias cut dress
has a more generous cowl that is made possible by that tricky centre
front seam. Keep Reading...
Monday, September 15, 2014
So many fans dropped by on Saturday to work on our #PatternPuzzle, the
conversation went on for most of the day. And it seems it is the
anonymous pattern shapes that cause the greatest dilemma. After all
they could be almost anything. Keep Reading...
Monday, September 08, 2014
As they say, the simple things are often the most difficult. Or so I
found out this weekend with the #PatternPuzzle. What looks like a very
simple style was in fact one of the most difficult patterns I have done
in quite a while. Keep Reading...
Monday, September 01, 2014
The Saturday #PatternPuzzle was the usual flurry of answers and great
ideas from all our fans. This weeks bias cut dress with asymmetric
placement of large tucks is fast becoming a favourite and already the
pattern has been made for the first toile.
Monday, August 25, 2014
This is the very first of our #PatternFundamentals that will occasionally interrupt the regular #PatternPuzzles. We are hoping to give you all the opportunity to prepare the necessary blocks to make better use of our Pattern Making instructions on the blog. Keep Reading...