Saturday, November 28, 2015
This entire post is inspired by my fascination with circular knits. I've not had much experience with this particular cloth but have always been hooked by the possibilities. I found this piece (slight grey marl cotton) at the back of one of the local fabric shops and grabbed a couple of meters to play with. My first idea was to try the twist, especially with a fabric that's half way to dressing you without any side seams. Keep Reading...
Thursday, August 13, 2015
Welcome all to this somewhat delayed blog post. I am gradually catching up and would like to thank you for your patience. The idea with this puzzle was to test one of those apparently simple pattern shapes you so often find on the net. Every now and then we all come across stuff on the internet that suggests the simplest cuts will make the most flattering garments. Who can say until you have actually made the thing up. :) This pattern is based on multiple squares in a variety of sizes with a little adjustment on the stand.
Monday, March 30, 2015
The #PatternPuzzle was quite a hit with our Facebook fans on Saturday. In many ways a straightforward pattern that yields fab results. Use any loose-fit tee shirt pattern or alter my knit block
to make this fashion-forward Twist Tee. 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, 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, 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, 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, August 18, 2014
Saturday's #PatternPuzzle had a large number of pattern pieces, all used to make five different skirt patterns, that all make the same style of skirt - The Morticia Skirt. Many of the drafting methods used in these patterns are self-drafted with full instructions (no block required). If you don't fancy drafting this skirt pattern I've just added the eight panel Morticia Skirt Pattern to the website. :) 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...