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Vintage Inspired Round-Up

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? The Retro Wrap Keep Reading...

Pattern Puzzle - Squares & Zero Waste

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.Squares and Zero Waste
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Pattern Puzzle - CJ Drape Skirt

Tuesday, June 09, 2015
What a week ! A brand new set of workshops for Personal Block Development, and an amazing group of students with some surprising things to say. Firstly the new workshops: they're an addition to the existing program at Studio Faro and extend the scope of the basic and advanced pattern making workshops.   They're focussed on allowing individuals the time and space needed to perfect their own block fit, before making the first fit toile. It's so disappointing and risky to attempt pattern making with an ill-fitting block.  For fans not able to come to these classes I've added all my garment blocks to the website as PDF downloads.Studio Faro Garment Blocks
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Pattern Puzzle - Gil Brandao, Conjunto Pratico

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.Gil Brandao Vintage Patterns Keep Reading...

Pattern Puzzle - Handkerchief Fold Dress

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.Handkerchief Dress Pattern Keep Reading...

Pattern Puzzle - Gil Brandao Wrap Blouse

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.Gil Brandao Vintage Patterns Keep Reading...

Pattern Puzzle - Vintage Bodice

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.Vintage Bodice Keep Reading...

Pattern Puzzle - The Cowl Tube Top

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.Self-draft rectangle Patterns
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THE PATENT BLOUSE - First Sample!

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.Fitting the Patent Blouse. Keep Reading...

Pattern Puzzle - The Dolman Coat

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.The Dolman Coat Keep Reading...


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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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