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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...

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...

Race Day Fashions

Saturday, December 16, 2017

The last time I went to the races was more than 30 years ago, so race day fashions don't figure large in my life.  But a brilliant idea offered by my clever housemate has set me on this new path.  For the past few weeks I've been working on some new classes to run in 2018 at the Simply Stitches fabric store in Wagga Wagga.  My house mate tells me the Wagga Gold Cup is a big deal in the area and maybe the fashion aspect of racing would be a good motivator for local sewing enthusiasts.  And so was born the Wagga God Cup sewing and fitting classes for 2018.  This local race day is scheduled in early May so I've planned a six session program over a three month period, February to April, to get some amazing outfits together with Wagga stitchers.  The big challenge is to catch myself up on the current trends in race day fashions.  This is what I've found so far by scanning the press images of the most recent spring racing carnivals.Lace Transparent and Perforated Keep Reading...

Print and Plaid Trend - Design Development

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Waistcoats

This has to be one of the best things to do!  Endless ideas, not all of them good, but a good chance I'll like at least one of them enough to make it.  The Print & Plaid Trend is one of my long time favourites.  I suppose that means it's less a fashion trend and more a personal preference. You can learn Fashion Design Development and all the rest at the studio or in your classroom.Waistcoats in the Print and Plaid Trend.
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Understanding Trend Forecast - Perforated Fabric

Saturday, March 19, 2016
If you have a keen interest in Fashion Design and would like to understand Trend Forecast, this post makes the connection between different sources of information used to verify fashion trends for each new season.  I have trend boards featured on my tumblr blog, some with interesting design developments.   And here at the studio I teach a workshop, Fashion Design Portfolio, that covers seasonal trends and design development for the fashion industry.  This is my Trend Board for the Perforated Fabric Trend: Fashion Trend Perforated Fabric
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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 - Erte Inspired Design

Monday, December 22, 2014

This weeks #PatternPuzzle was about targeting another of my favourite Erte designs and bringing this inspiration up-to-date.  As it turns out this is a truly challenging style.  I know I made at least two mistakes in putting these pattern making instructions together.  So please forgive any other errors you may find.  And because of it's complexity, I imagine I would have to produce at least 2-3 toiles/muslins to really get the design and fit to work well before attempting in final cloth.
Erte Design Development Keep Reading...

Pattern Puzzle - The Erté Jacket

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.Erte Inspired Design Keep Reading...

Pattern Puzzle - Two Layer Jersey Dress

Monday, September 29, 2014
Be Inspired!
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 inspiration.Dior Inspired Design
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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 GARMENT BLOCKS

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.

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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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