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. Keep Reading...
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.
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 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, 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. Keep Reading...
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. Keep Reading...
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.