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A Makers Approach to Race Day Fashions

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Continuing on from my Race Day Fashions blog post I've decided to share my very own approach to Race Day Fashions. I've done the research and now know the season I'll be going to the races. The Wagga Gold Cup runs in early May so I'm lucky it'll be trans-seasonal.  That means not too hot and not too cold but somewhere delightfully in the middle.  So my outfit will definitely have a sleeve and maybe even a light jacket. When it comes to the design of my new outfit I've decided not to spend a lot money on this event.  To do that I'll be basing my decisions on a favourite pair shoes that I already have in my wardrobe and a complimentary handbag that suits the event.  I'll then be comparing these items to my extensive fabric stash to find the best fabric(s) for this project.My starting point for design. Keep Reading...

Stretch Skirt Block and Design Options

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Following on from the Skirt Block and Design Options post I've separated skirt designs that use a stretch skirt block to start your pattern development.  You can use my skirt block to make a stretch skirt block to use with all these pattern puzzle posts.  Some of them have been sampled and those sample posts are also included here.Stretch Skirt Block Keep Reading...

Drape Skirt Patterns using my Skirt Block

Monday, February 27, 2017

Moving beyond your first skirt patterns to drape skirt patterns:  To work with these more complex skirt patterns you would need to have confidence in your skirt block.  By that I mean you know if fits because you've used it to make number of skirt patterns.   A small fitting or shape error in your basic skirt block will have some impact on outcome of these skirts.  Try my graded set of skirt blocks for any of these delicious drape skirt patterns.  If you're fortunate enough to live in Sydney my next Draped Skirt Patterns Workshop will be running on Saturday the 17th June at my studio in Marrickville.Drape Skirt Patterns Keep Reading...

Design Options for my Skirt Block

Tuesday, January 17, 2017
This is another in the post series where I curate my many blog posts so you can use them to self-train at your own pace.  This post is focussed on my basic skirt block and I've listed all the pattern puzzle posts that use this block.  Because there are so many posts, I've decided to separate the designs that need a stretch skirt block and I'll be featuring them in a separate post.  Also my more demanding drape skirt patterns will be posted separately.Draft your own skirt block. Keep Reading...

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 - Rectangle Drape Skirt

Saturday, April 23, 2016
For this #PatternPuzzle post you have an elegant Drape Skirt that can be cut from a basic skirt block or any pencil skirt pattern.  My Skirt Block is now available here as a PDF download.  I've included some interesting seaming that works well with the drape feature that's included in the front left skirt. Keep Reading...

First Sample - Pinstripe Panel Skirt

Saturday, March 12, 2016
Do you remember the Pinstripe Panel Skirt?  Blogged in May 2014, and first sampled by Capital Chic, this very creative piece of corporate wear is stylish, wearable and very popular. :)Pinstripe Panel Skirt
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First Sample - Drape Tube Skirt

Saturday, November 21, 2015
The Drape Tube Skirt has turned out to be such a favourite in my wardrobe that I think it'll be the first #PatternPuzzle to be turned into a pdf pattern for the website.  Although my first impressions were of a failed sample, it turns out not to be the case. :)  ADDENDUM MAY 2017:  At last The Drape Tube Skirt available as a PDF sewing pattern here.Sample Drape Tube Skirt Keep Reading...

Fit Rules - Personal Block Development

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

For over 20 years I've been teaching pattern making and I swear I can teach that subject blindfolded.  However recent events have me delving into an entirely new area of expertise; personal fittings. Personal block fittings Keep Reading...

Pattern Fundamentals - Drape Skirt II

Friday, September 25, 2015
There have been a few of this variety of skirt gracing the catwalk for the past couple of years.  I have also cut similar for local clients and the beauty of this design is it's simplicity for a first attempt at cutting drape patterns. The drape shape is in fact separate to the front and back patterns and acts as a decorative overlay for the front skirt.  Start with my Skirt Block and follow the pattern making instructions in this post.  Suggested fabrics:  Crepe weaves with a transparent overlay for the front drape or a satin backed crepe where you are able to reveal the satin back in the cowl of the drape.  If you are interested in Drape Skirt Patterns you can click through to our dedicated workshop and check out the detail.Drape Skirt II 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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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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