Monday, November 24, 2014
The original Drape Shift #PatternPuzzle
post has turned out to be the best performing of all our blog posts over the past two years. It has pattern making instructions for the knit version of this design which is admittedly far more straight forward than the woven fabric version featured in this post. So in response to many requests I have detailed here the pattern making instructions to make this design for woven fabrics. Keep Reading...
Monday, November 17, 2014
Once again our weekly #PatternPuzzle is focused on doing wicked things with darts! The design is a classic in many ways and uses a very flattering diagonal seam. The drape is sent in opposite directions to encourage the eye to take in the whole garment. 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, November 03, 2014
Last Saturday we swapped our regular #PatternPuzzle for some #PatternFundamentals. The focus of the conversation
was GAPE DARTS and how to use them in your pattern making to get a
better result in your first toile of new designs. You may know them as
contouring darts as suggested by Alexandria of In-House Patterns
. Keep Reading...
Monday, October 20, 2014
The idea behind this weeks #PatternPuzzle is to use a classic drape
style to show how the fitting darts in my bodice block
turn into drape
according to design. And to also have a go at making my pattern making
technique as clear as I can. Keep Reading...
Monday, October 13, 2014
We had a fantastic time on Saturday with the #PatternPuzzle. Jump over to FB
and check out the most amazing contributions made by our fans, with drawings no less. :) This kimono styled dress was quite a challenge in the pattern making department. Firstly you have to decide if the wrap over is an authentic two-layer wrap or if you are going to seam the pieces together. I've gone for the two layer option and included a zip in the CB seam as the only place where the two bodice layers join. Keep Reading...
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. July 2019: This pattern has now been added to the website as a PDF download - The Patent Blouse Sizes XS-XXL
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. Keep Reading...
Monday, September 29, 2014
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