Monday, April 06, 2015
It never ceases to amaze me how often I am drawn to this particular style of cowl drape. You will find many examples in the #PatternPuzzles that have been presented here over the past few years. This puzzle starts with the simplest of shapes and becomes an elegant tunic top. Keep Reading...
Monday, February 09, 2015
The simplest of shapes have a tendency to be the most difficult to solve in the pattern puzzle. When there are no recognisable pattern parts (armholes, necklines, etc.), a huge amount of creativity is needed to make sense of the pattern shape. Each week our fans excel in their ability to work their way through the information, ask the best questions and eventually win the day. :) They are the best! If you don't fancy making your own pattern this design
is now available as a PDF sewing pattern to download and sew for your self at home. Click through to see my very first PDF patterns online!
Monday, February 02, 2015
At last the detail for the Saturday #PatternPuzzle is here! My apologies for the delay to our usual posting but I had a little trouble with my graphics. It was a wonderful round of creative answers and clever solutions that finally solved this puzzle. Our Handkerchief Fold Dress is so named because it struck me that the construction of this dress is much like a handkerchief with the corners folded into the centre. Keep Reading...
Monday, January 26, 2015
A huge thanks to all the fans that turned up on Saturday to play and watch the #PatternPuzzle. This weeks puzzle was less complex than most but a favourite for the wardrobe. Our post this week has two versions of the Tucked Drape Top, the first with two large tucks facing each other on the front neckline and the second with one large tuck only in the front neckline. Keep Reading...
Monday, December 15, 2014
We have had a good run lately with Cowl Drape styles and this week is no exception with the Cowl Back Tee. Last week was the Vivienne Drape Dress featuring a Cowl Drape on the neckline and in the skirt. And Two weeks ago a reworking of The Drape Shift in a woven fabric for The Drape Shift - Woven. You might say we are coming at the #CowlDrape thing from all directions.
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, 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
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 15, 2014
So many fans dropped by on Saturday to work on our #PatternPuzzle, the
conversation went on for most of the day. And it seems it is the
anonymous pattern shapes that cause the greatest dilemma. After all
they could be almost anything. 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...