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Hip Twist Top - Sewing Instructions

Monday, September 28, 2020
The Hip Twist Sewing Pattern has been a long time in coming, and I thank all of you for your patience.  The past few months have been less than usual and I've had my focus diverted on other projects closer to home.  Now it is such a pleasure to get back to business and deal with all my wonderful patterns.  In this blog post I'll be taking you step-by-step through the sewing process for this twist tee.  And a timely reminder that you'll get the best results with this pattern by using two-way stretch knit (four-way stretch in the US) that has elastane content (Lycra, Spandex).  I have achieved the best results with rayon, polyester and wool knits with elastane.  Some cotton knits may work if they are not too stiff. Keep Reading...

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...

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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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...

Waterfall Jersey Skirt - First Sample

Friday, August 03, 2018

I'm beginning to love this skirt pattern - as long as I can find the right fabric to make it work.  Some time last year I made this first sample and learnt a lot about construction issues with drape patterns.  You'll find the original Pattern Puzzle post on the well-suited blog - Pattern Puzzle - Waterfall Jersey Skirt.  In this post I'll discuss construction and be looking for solutions to some of the issues. Keep Reading...

My Fitted Dress Block for Pattern Puzzles

Thursday, August 02, 2018

This has to be my favourite block!  It's the start place for so many of the garments you'll find in your wardrobe.  It's the base for woven garments that cover the torso - dresses, corsets, shirts & jackets.  Keep Reading...

Pattern Alterations - Flare and Gather Dress Pattern

Thursday, July 12, 2018
Now that the first sample has been made and fitted I'm able to bring you all the pattern alterations I have made to get this new design to work.  I'm still fascinated with this design and hope the final pattern is something worthy of all this sampling effort.  If you'd like to see the original pattern puzzle post you'll find it here:  Pattern Puzzle - Flare & Gather Dress
Pattern Alterations Keep Reading...

Cowl Drape Dress - First Sample

Thursday, June 28, 2018

And now I'm ready to return to this little wonder!  From the original Pattern Puzzle post I've made an initial sample in calico to check the design and fit of this new design. Throughout this post I'll share each stage of the pattern alterations that I hope will end up in a delightful pattern. Keep Reading...



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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.


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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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