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Sampling the Flare and Gather Dress

Friday, March 23, 2018

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 way back in June 2014.  With all new design ideas for woven's I always make the first sample in calico.Flare and Gather Keep Reading...

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...

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...

Making the Most of My Knit Block

Monday, January 09, 2017

My Knit Block will make all these Pattern Puzzles:

This post has been curated to bring the focus to my garment blocks now available on the website. They are the same blocks I use in my pattern puzzles and the same basic blocks that for the foundation of commercial pattern making. The first block for the spotlight is my Knit Block.Knit Block to Jersey Twist Keep Reading...

The Wrap Drape Dress - Sampled

Saturday, March 05, 2016

The #PatternPuzzle sample this week is The Wrap Drape Dress from 2014.  You can pop back to the original post for a refresh of all the pattern making instructions.  I've used my Knit Block to make this elegant stretch pattern. Wrap Drape Dress Keep Reading...

Fittings First - An Integrated Approach to Pattern Making

Wednesday, September 02, 2015
I have made an info-graphic to show you all what I've been up to with the workshop line-up here at the studio.  Now I hear you say  'What's that to me?  I live on the other side of the world! :(  So to elaborate; the teaching materials I intend for the website (e-learning) are derived from the workbooks I make for each of the workshops I run here at the studio.  The content and integration of that content becomes even more important when considering its use as online teaching materials.  As a first step I've added my garment blocks to the website as PDF downloads. Our Workshops Keep Reading...

Pattern Puzzle- Hi-Lo Drape Shift

Tuesday, May 12, 2015
The post is a little late this week as I am totally distracted by work that is going on in the backend of the website, setting up a members area.  We have been working out the best content to make it both attractive and useful to fans and hope to open that members area very soon.  Now back to the #PatternPuzzle that was such fun on Saturday with fans working getting to the answers super-fast.  Then overnight, while I was asleep so  many added sketches and photos and in one case an amazing mini-toile.Hi Lo Drape
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Pattern Puzzle - Curved Seam Dress

Monday, November 17, 2014
Once again our weekly #PatternPuzzle is focused on doing wicked things with darts!  The design is a classic in many ways and uses a very flattering diagonal seam.   The drape is sent in opposite directions to encourage the eye to take in the whole garment.Drape Dress Sewing Patterns Keep Reading...


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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All My Sewing Patterns
These are the first of my sewing patterns as PDF downloads for you to buy and sew.  The more I sell the more time I have to make new ones.  So if you fancy supporting the work I do here on the well-suited blog, this is your opportunity.  These patterns are based on my size chart listed here on the website.


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.

About Studio Faro

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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