Tuesday, January 19, 2016
This is the third post in the Permanent Pleating series where we're looking at the pre-pleating preparation for a Sunray Circle Skirt and Mushroom Pleated rectangle. Our first post covered the introduction to the series - Prep for Permanent Pleating 101. And the second post has all the pattern making information for both skirts; Patterns for Pleating Project 101. Keep Reading...
Tuesday, January 12, 2016
In this post I'll cover the detail of drafting the patterns you'll need for this permanent pleating project, then follow with the essential pre-pleating preparation in the next post. Have a look at Prep for Permanent Pleating 101 if you'd like some background to this permanent pleating post series. Keep Reading...
Saturday, January 09, 2016
I've always had a fascination for what can be achieved with a little heat and some petro-chemical fibres. Permanent (heat-set) Pleating is the use of heat on polyester/nylon fabrics to set a pleat that will survive the rigours of wash and wear without the need of re-pressing. Keep Reading...
Friday, September 25, 2015
There have been a few of this variety of skirt gracing the catwalk for the past couple of years. I have also cut similar for local clients and the beauty of this design is it's simplicity for a first attempt at cutting drape patterns. The drape shape is in fact separate to the front and back patterns and acts as a decorative overlay for the front skirt. Start with my Skirt Block
and follow the pattern making instructions in this post. Suggested fabrics: Crepe weaves with a transparent overlay for the front drape or a satin backed crepe where you are able to reveal the satin back in the cowl of the drape. If you are interested in Drape Skirt Patterns
you can click through to our dedicated workshop and check out the detail. Keep Reading...
Wednesday, September 02, 2015
I have made an info-graphic to show you all what I've been up to with the workshop line-up here at the studio. Now I hear you say 'What's that to me? I live on the other side of the world! :( So to elaborate; the teaching materials I intend for the website (e-learning) are derived from the workbooks I make for each of the workshops I run here at the studio. The content and integration of that content becomes even more important when considering its use as online teaching materials. As a first step I've added my garment blocks to the website as PDF downloads.
Monday, June 22, 2015
About two years ago, in a Draped Dress Patterns
workshop, this jersey style came into being. A combination of Cowl and Twist Drape, it proved to be a fabulous idea for students dealing with their first ever drape pattern. Using my knit block
for these early drape patterns is always a plus. There is never any question about... ' what to do with the darts!'. If you'd like to learn my method for creating Twist Drape Patterns I have a detailed worksheet for making Jersey Twist Patterns. For just a few dollars you'll get the same training you'd get if you came to the workshop in my studio.
Monday, May 04, 2015
This week I've showcased #PatternInsights, where I share the light bulb moments in my pattern making career. In this shirt pattern development I'm sharing two pattern making moves that early in my career caused me some anxiety. Anxiety caused by a lack of information and training. Thank heaven for my hero Natalie Bray! I am sharing the pattern moves needed to turn my basic fitted (dress) block into a loose-fit block and a basic set of moves to draft a gauntlet placket for a classic shirt sleeve.
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, August 25, 2014
This is the very first of our #PatternFundamentals that will occasionally interrupt the regular #PatternPuzzles. We are hoping to give you all the opportunity to prepare the necessary blocks to make better use of our Pattern Making instructions on the blog. Keep Reading...