Monday, February 16, 2015
Gil Brandao's patterns have a seductive quality in their simplicity and clarity. Often with pattern making instructions, simplicity is no more than an absence of information that can be finally very frustrating. Not so for Gil. His diagrams have all the required information. So much so that my inability to read Portuguese does not present a problem. 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 12, 2015
I finally had a chance to use some of the wonderful work in the Gil Brandao book
. In particular this pattern hooked me from the beginning as it doesn't seem to make any sense. To start with the thing that looks like a dart is really an armhole? And that thing that looks like a sleeve is in fact a waist tie. As you can imagine I was looking forward to an interesting fitting. Keep Reading...
Monday, December 29, 2014
Once again I have been seduced by a Vintage Fashion Illustration promising so much in fit and style. Add to that the fact that this bodice promised to be one of those fascinating one-piece patterns. They were so thoroughly investigated in the first half of the 20th century when manufacturers were looking for a reduction of machine processes for the mass manufacture of fashion. This blog now has a great number (5) of these style of blog posts which I plan to develop into a more detailed post in the future. Keep Reading...
Monday, November 10, 2014
It's a mean thing to present the fans with a rectangle as a #PatternPuzzle
and expect them to describe the garment. In my defence I did include a
couple of very small notches as a clue. In the end Mioara was able to
produce an almost exact image of the idea in knit fabric. I think we may
have been reading the same pattern making books. :) I found this image on pinterest but have had no luck finding the
original source material. If anyone knows the origin of this piece I
would love to be able to include the correct information here.
Thursday, October 09, 2014
The Patent Blouse has become a favourite top for me after the first set of samples were very wearable. Previous post here.
It has become such a favourite that I managed to wear out my first red
sample very quickly. Unfortunately rayon is not made to last and very
soon the surface of the knit was a little shabby with pilling. I have
promised myself that the next red patent blouse will be made in merino. July 2019: This pattern has now been added to the website as a PDF download - The Patent Blouse Sizes XS-XXL
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, August 11, 2014
The Japan Skirt - Self-drafted Pattern. Rectangle skirts are nothing new. What maybe new is the way you work your rectangle. This particular pattern has been hanging on my pattern rail for at least 8 years. Originally developed for merino ponti, grading up and down in sizes allows you to cut this pattern in a variety of knit and woven fabrics. Keep Reading...
Monday, July 28, 2014
It is the simplest of shapes and elegant to boot, the Triangle Drape Dress #PatternPuzzle was solved in an instant by our resident pattern champ Mioara. You may remember her recent contribution to our weekly fun - a very clever #PatternPuzzle. Our choice this week was inspired by Meegan Williams sending us a link to her favourite dress. And she was right, it is not a complicated style. Made in a lightweight silk/rayon jersey knit, the kimono style drapes beautifully through the side seam area as it collapses over the hip and hugs the thighs. Keep Reading...