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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.

Pattern Insights - Jersey Twist Patterns

This is one of my most popular blog posts and as a result it's now an afternoon pattern making class at the studio.  If you're not located in Sydney you can get hold of more pattern making detail with my worksheet for Jersey Twist Patterns.  This is the same material I use for teaching this very special pattern making move.

Jersey Twists from My Knit Block

Pattern Puzzle - Twist Overlay

What I most like about this particular design is the delightful distraction created by the diagonal drape across the front of the dress.  The effect will be flattering to all body types.  It starts with my knit block and you'll end up with two front patterns and one back pattern to achieve the layered effect.

Stretch Pattern Making

Pattern Fundamentals - Cowl Twist Jersey

If you're new to pattern making, this dress has two great drape pattern making moves in one design.  Learn about Cowl Drape and Twist Drape from the one pattern making post.

Cowl and Twist Drape Sewing Patterns

Pattern Puzzle - Issey Miyake Single Twist

So much fun and quite a lot of fabric required for this elegant single twist top.  Inspired by that clever designer, Issey Miyake, this pattern making post also includes instructions for both cowl drape and twist drape in the one pattern.

Cowl and Twist Drape in one sewing pattern.

Pattern Puzzle - Asymmetric Cowl Drape

This asymmetric design has proved popular with many fans making their own pattens and samples and sharing.  You can also make this design with any well fitted tee shirt pattern.

Cowl Drape Sewing Pattern

Pattern Puzzle - The Wrap Drape Dress

First posted over 2 years ago this body-con design has always been popular.  There's a little seam trickery join on in the way the bodice is secured to the waist under the drape  Checkout the post for all the pattern making details.  And checkout this post for all the garment construction detail.

Pattern Puzzle - Drape Shift

This little beauty is one of my earliest pattern puzzle posts and it's a bit of a challenge in the pattern making area.  Getting the right fabric is crucial to the success of this pattern.  You can also move the cowl emphasis around a little in the pattern making  to perfect the kind of fit you're after.

Drape Shift Pattern Making

Pattern Puzzle - Double Drape Maxi

The Double Drape Maxi is a dozzie of a pattern with loads of gathered drape in the front and cowl drape hood with interesting seam detail.  Use a light weight knit for this design so you don't get too much bulk over the tummy area.

Double Drape Maxi

Pattern Puzzle - Two Layer Jersey Dress

Be sure to mix up your prints and fabrics to get the best out of this Dior inspired design.  The underdress is strapless in this post example but it's totally fine to add straps if that suits you better.

Two Layer Jersey Dress

Select your favourite design and begin pattern making using my knit block and the blog post pattern making instructions.  Feel free to ask your questions here in the comments section or join my brand new FREE members area for much more nerdy pattern making chat. :)

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Lene Bolton commented on 11-Jan-2017 08:11 PM
Thank you Anita, I am very excited about working with your knit block. I have never been able to get my knits to fit nicely, yet I don't think my body is THAT strange. It has something to do with a D size bust, forward sloping shoulders and a broad back.... I think. I am determined to figure it out. Lene
Anita - studiofaro commented on 12-Jan-2017 09:33 AM
Hi Lene, it's great to hear form you. I'm sure we can do something about getting your knit block to fit. I think you'll need a full bust adjustment for your knit block and I'm sure we can sort the shoulders out. I'll try to cover that asap in a members blog post. :)

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