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How to Shift a Bust Dart

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

These instructions will help you understand how to shift a side seam bust dart in your patterns to suit your own bust point.  First you will have to take a couple of measurements to know your bust point location.  Please make sure you're wearing a well fitted bra.  I cannot stress enough how important it is to have regular bra fittings, with a specialist, to make sure you do in fact have a good fitting.  If the garment you are making is for everyday wear, then the bra you wear when you take these measurements should be the bra you wear everyday.  If however you're making a special occasion dress then consider if the bra will be different or new.  This is very much the case for brides.  No measurements should be taken or calico toiles made until the bride has purchased her special day lingerie.finding your bust point Keep Reading...

Sleeve Pattern Alterations - Boat Neck Tee

Thursday, July 04, 2019

If you'd like to get yourself a classic Tee-shirt pattern, my Boat Neck Tee pattern is not overly tight, with soft shaping on the side seam, a boat neckline and three-quarter sleeves.  For most of us the first pattern alteration, depending on the weather, will be sleeve length alterations. Keep Reading...

Grading the Vintage Capri Pants

Tuesday, February 19, 2019
Continuing on from my earlier post, Decoding Vintage Patterns, the following post covers the steps I'll take to grade the pattern for my own personal fitting.  It also gives me the opportunity to share with you one of my favourite pieces of pattern making kit; my 'Variator' grading machine. Keep Reading...

Decoding Vintage Patterns

Wednesday, January 09, 2019
Since I've been online (6 years now) I've become aware of an enormous love for vintage style out there, and in particular vintage patterns. And in some strange way these patterns are so familiar to me.  I must have used some of my grandmothers patterns when I was younger because the lack of instructions and complete absence of print on these vintage patterns does not confuse or put me off at all.  Somehow it appears to me as a secret code I have to solve to uncover the exact intentions of the designer/pattern maker. 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...

Trouser Block - Fitting Toile

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

So often I'm asked how I make my fitting toile's for Trouser Blocks, so I'd thought I'd put together a short post with some detail.  Many of the points are small but essential for a good #FirstFitting. You can access a download of my Trouser Block here.  I've also uploaded a worksheet that covers the detail for the first stage of fitting the trouser block.  The PDF worksheet includes detail instructions and technical diagrams to take you through every step of the process. Keep Reading...

Vivienne Drape Dress - First Sample

Saturday, May 07, 2016
Back in the land of blogging and I've made a #FirstSample of the Vivienne Drape Dress.  I've recently turned this #PatternPuzzle into an afternoon workshop that I hold at the studio.  Students spend an afternoon in the studio and leave with this pattern completed in their size of choice.  We always start with my Women's Fitted Dress Block (PDF available) and every student builds a pattern plan for the development of this special design.Sewing Drape Dress Pattern Keep Reading...

Fitting Commercial Patterns - FBA

Saturday, April 09, 2016
Fitting Commercial Patterns is a very popular workshop for home sewers and textile teachers.  This week I've been going all-out to improve the workbook materials for this workshop in preparation for some professional development training I'm delivering in Melbourne next week to the Victorian VET textile teachers.  I've decided to share a section of that new workbook in this post, covering the Full Bust Adjustment (FBA) on an existing shirt pattern.Fitting Commercial Sewing Patterns Keep Reading...

Pattern Fix - Back Dress too Long

Saturday, April 02, 2016
How many times have you experienced this; fabric pooling at the back waist in your dresses and shirts?  Well I have the Pattern Fix for that!  Unfortunately there is little we can do to save the sample, but we can do the pattern alteration to make sure it doesn't happen again.Dress Pattern Fittings Keep Reading...


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SEWING PATTERNS

All my sewing patterns.
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.


ALL MY GARMENT BLOCKS

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.


WORKSHEETS - PDF DOWNLOADS


My fashion design, illustration and pattern making worksheets and instructions are based on the teaching methods and blocks used at Studio Faro in my workshops & workbooks.  Subscribe to receive email updates.

About Studio Faro

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 :)

Using my content

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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