Monday, July 08, 2019
This unusual sewing pattern has been featured on my blog for a very long time. As early as December, 2013. Right from the very beginning it's been a favourite. I've made myself at least eight of these tops in a great variety of fabrics: merino/lycra, viscose/elastane, cotton/elastane and rayon/elastane. It's really important to understand that all fabrics for my samples are two-way stretch jersey (four-way in the US) with some elastane content (lycra/spandex). My favourites are the merino/elastane, with a soft, draped handle in both red and black. You can get yourself a copy of this amazing sewing pattern, here on my website: The Patent Blouse Sizes XS-XXL. Keep Reading...
Thursday, July 28, 2016
Trawling through my blog post archive I've come to realise that many of my posts have vintage content, and I discover there are at least twenty vintage posts! So this Vintage Inspired Round-Up is to refresh your memory of some of my earlier Pattern Puzzle posts and to share a few points in history where vintage style has influenced my work. Where does it all start? Keep Reading...
Thursday, August 13, 2015
Welcome all to this somewhat delayed blog post. I am gradually catching up and would like to thank you for your patience. The idea with this puzzle was to test one of those apparently simple pattern shapes you so often find on the net. Every now and then we all come across stuff on the internet that suggests the simplest cuts will make the most flattering garments. Who can say until you have actually made the thing up. :) This pattern is based on multiple squares in a variety of sizes with a little adjustment on the stand.
Monday, February 16, 2015
Gil Brandao's patterns have a seductive quality in their simplicity and clarity. Often with pattern making instructions, simplicity is no more than an absence of information that can be finally very frustrating. Not so for Gil. His diagrams have all the required information. So much so that my inability to read Portuguese does not present a problem. Keep Reading...
Monday, February 02, 2015
At last the detail for the Saturday #PatternPuzzle is here! My apologies for the delay to our usual posting but I had a little trouble with my graphics. It was a wonderful round of creative answers and clever solutions that finally solved this puzzle. Our Handkerchief Fold Dress is so named because it struck me that the construction of this dress is much like a handkerchief with the corners folded into the centre. Keep Reading...
Monday, January 12, 2015
I finally had a chance to use some of the wonderful work in the Gil Brandao book
. In particular this pattern hooked me from the beginning as it doesn't seem to make any sense. To start with the thing that looks like a dart is really an armhole? And that thing that looks like a sleeve is in fact a waist tie. As you can imagine I was looking forward to an interesting fitting. Keep Reading...
Monday, December 29, 2014
Once again I have been seduced by a Vintage Fashion Illustration promising so much in fit and style. Add to that the fact that this bodice promised to be one of those fascinating one-piece patterns. They were so thoroughly investigated in the first half of the 20th century when manufacturers were looking for a reduction of machine processes for the mass manufacture of fashion. This blog now has a great number (5) of these style of blog posts which I plan to develop into a more detailed post in the future. Keep Reading...
Monday, November 10, 2014
It's a mean thing to present the fans with a rectangle as a #PatternPuzzle
and expect them to describe the garment. In my defence I did include a
couple of very small notches as a clue. In the end Mioara was able to
produce an almost exact image of the idea in knit fabric. I think we may
have been reading the same pattern making books. :) I found this image on pinterest but have had no luck finding the
original source material. If anyone knows the origin of this piece I
would love to be able to include the correct information here.
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...