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Pattern Puzzle - Vivienne Drape Dress

Monday, December 08, 2014

This weeks design is a homage to one of my favourite designers, Vivienne Westwood. The understated neckline drape and off centre skirt drape are characteristic of her wonderful draped dresses.  Addendum March 2016 - I've just turned this #PatternPuzzle favourite into a pattern making workshop -  #InAnAvo The Vivienne Drape Dress.  Checkout other #InAnAvo workshops on offer.  

 Vivienne Drape Dress Pattern
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Pattern Puzzle - Green Velvet Drape

Monday, December 01, 2014

Green Velvet Drape - A homage to Ceil Chapman 1950 

Over a year ago I found the image of this amazing vintage dress on Pinterest, compliments of Mill Street Vintage.  Unfortunately (for us) it has been sold and is no longer in their shop.  So I made up the back view to hopefully balance with the wonderful design detail on the front.Vintage Drape Sewing Pattern
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Pattern Puzzle - The Drape Shift Woven

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.  Drape Dress Sewing Pattern Keep Reading...

Pattern Puzzle - Curved Seam Dress

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.Drape Dress Sewing Patterns Keep Reading...

Pattern Fundamentals - Gape Darts

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.Adjust patterns for sleeveless styles. Keep Reading...

Pattern Puzzles - Balenciaga Blouse

Monday, October 27, 2014
The inspiration behind this weeks #PatternPuzzle post is this divinely simple vintage blouse by Balenciaga (circa. 1958-60) found in the MetMuseum online collections.  It has been sitting in my stash of great ideas for #PatternPuzzles for over a year. Balenciaga Blouse Keep Reading...

Pattern Puzzle - Classic Drape Dress

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.Classic Drape Dress Sewing Pattern  Keep Reading...

Pattern Puzzle - The Seamed Cowl Dress

Monday, September 22, 2014
Another great turnout on Saturday with loads of new fans having a go at the #PatternPuzzle.  And in the end it was the simplest of design features that generated the most creative answers.  This bias cut dress has a more generous cowl that is made possible by that tricky centre front seam. Drape shift pattern making instructions. Keep Reading...

Pattern Puzzle - Simple Tuck Shift

Monday, September 08, 2014
As they say, the simple things are often the most difficult.  Or so I found out this weekend with the #PatternPuzzle.  What looks like a very simple style was in fact one of the most difficult patterns I have done in quite a while.Sketch and pattern making. Keep Reading...

Pattern Puzzle - Random Tucks and Pleats

Monday, September 01, 2014
The Saturday #PatternPuzzle was the usual flurry of answers and great ideas from all our fans.   This weeks bias cut dress with asymmetric placement of large tucks is fast becoming a favourite and already the pattern has been made for the first toile. Random Tuck Drape Dress Pattern
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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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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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