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Jersey Twist Patterns - First Sample

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

I simply can't believe that I've never shared my sample makes for this amazing top. I suppose I was so busy turning it into a workshop that missed the obvious.  So you may remember the original post from January 2015 - Pattern Insights - Jersey Twist Patterns.  I used my Womens Knit Block to demonstrate the simplest way to achieve jersey twist patterns.  The same method makes both single and double twist patterns.  This is not the only method for making jersey twist patterns and you'll find other examples on my 'well-suited' blog. Keep Reading...

Grading the Vintage Capri Pants

Tuesday, February 19, 2019
Continuing on from my earlier post, Decoding Vintage Patterns, the following post covers the steps I'll take to grade the pattern for my own personal fitting.  It also gives me the opportunity to share with you one of my favourite pieces of pattern making kit; my 'Variator' grading machine. Keep Reading...

Pattern Puzzle - Three Colour Wrap Dress

Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Originally  posted in June 2013, it was quite a challenge for my Facebook fans to solve this Pattern Puzzle.  This is the original puzzle, the sketch and pattern plan are pasted below with all the pattern making detail.  I have updated the graphics and the instructions in line with more recent pattern puzzles.The Original Pattern Puzzle
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Decoding Vintage Patterns

Wednesday, January 09, 2019
Since I've been online (6 years now) I've become aware of an enormous love for vintage style out there, and in particular vintage patterns. And in some strange way these patterns are so familiar to me.  I must have used some of my grandmothers patterns when I was younger because the lack of instructions and complete absence of print on these vintage patterns does not confuse or put me off at all.  Somehow it appears to me as a secret code I have to solve to uncover the exact intentions of the designer/pattern maker. Keep Reading...

Something for Christmas

Saturday, December 08, 2018
I recently had to come up with a crafty Christmas idea that I could demonstrate at the Wagga Wagga Spotlight store.  Once a year they have local makers demonstrate in the fabric department, and this year it was my chance.  So in a moment of inspiration I came up with the Christmas Bow Tie as an alternative to the usual party hats.  I had the choice of all their Christmas prints and I selected four different prints in a red and white theme.Xmas bow ties
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Boat Neck Tee Pattern

Saturday, September 22, 2018

This pattern is one of my 'Off-the-Rails' sewing patterns that I've worked with for many years.  The Boat Neck Tee is a wardrobe classic when cut in a plain cloth and seriously quirky when you mix your print and plain knit fabrics. Although the image below is of a half sleeve tee-shirt, the pattern comes with a three-quarter sleeve.  I'll be adding a post to the blog very soon showing the sleeve pattern alterations for short and long sleeves.Boat Neck Tee Shirt Keep Reading...

Drape Gather Skirt - Sewing Instructions

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

At last some sewing patterns are making it onto the website!  The first in the 'Off-The-Rails' series is the Drape Gather skirt.  This is a design from many years ago that has been a favourite in m y wardrobe ever since.  It's also the first skirt my students cut in my Drape Skirt Patterns workshop.  It has a straight grain centre front panel with a joined side front and back skirt panel that's cut on the bias.  Included in the back seam is a fishtail flare and an invisible zip.  The wait finish is a strap waistband and included in the zip opening is a zip guard for a quality skirt.Drape Gather Skirt sewing Instructions Keep Reading...

Drape Gather Skirt - Laying Up and Cutting Out

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

I've put together some diagrams for cutting out the Drape Gather Skirt pattern.  I've considered fabric widths of 110cm, 130cm and 150cm for the shell of the skirt, across all the sizes 6-22.  I'll deal with the cutting of the lining for this skirt in a separate post.  I suggest that your first sample is an unlined skirt so you have the opportunity of finessing the fit before making a fully lined version.  One constant feature of cutting these drape patterns is there is always what I would consider a lot of waste fabric.  I tend to keep the larger pieces and  use them in future projects.  I've found that a pattern with a number of smaller pieces works really well.  I use a panelled waistcoat design that has 5-6 pattern pieces that use the waste from the skirt design very well. Keep Reading...

Second Sample - Flare and Gather Dress

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

After so many pattern alterations to the first sample pattern, I'm excited to show you how the second sample turned out.  Below you can see the pattern alterations (brown paper) I made to the first sample pattern.  And I've selected a cotton/linen blend for the second sample.  You will find all the first sample and pattern alteration  detail in this post:  Sampling the Flare and Gather Dress and Pattern Alterations - Flare and Gather Dress PatternFlare and gather Keep Reading...

Vintage Bodice As Dress - First Sample.

Thursday, August 09, 2018
It was one of those Sundays when you know you need to focus on a few unfinished projects, and the one that caught my attention was the Gil Brandao - Conjunto Pratico.Gil Brandao Keep Reading...


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SEWING PATTERNS

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

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 :)

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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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