10 January 2017

Making the Most of My Knit Block

My Knit Block will make all these Pattern Puzzles:

This post has been curated to bring the focus to my garment blocks now available on the website. They are the same blocks I use in my pattern puzzles and the same basic blocks that for the foundation of commercial pattern making. The first block for the spotlight is my Knit Block.

 Checkout all my garment blocks here. :)

Jump over to the website well-suited blog for links to all the Knit Block Pattern Puzzle Posts.  Take a moment and checkout all my garment blocks now available as PDF downloads on the website.  And some new detailed pattern making worksheets for you to download and use in your pattern making journey.

FREE Members Area now open!

Become a member while it's FREE and realise the value of the new content and community spirit.  All that's required is an email address and password for access.  

Members Blog Posts:
  • Taking Body Measurements 
  • Size Chart for Patterns and Blocks 
  • Welcome to the Members Area 
  • Basic Skirt Block Draft Video 
  • Fashion Illustration Videos - 2 copic pens 
  • Studio Faro Size Chart
There's a Forum where you can ask all your pattern making questions.  And Articles where you'll find videos and PDF downloads exclusive to studio faro members.  I'll continue to work on the members content and sometime in the future there may be a subscription fee.  When and if this happens existing members will will automatically qualify for a discounted rate.

I'm looking forward to seeing you all in the members area. :)

10 December 2016

Kimono Twist - First Sample

Inspired by fans, I've finally had a go at the Kimono Twist Dress from the Pattern Puzzles series. My first pattern was cut from a knit kimono block that I made from my Basic Knit Block. I used a mid-weight two-way stretch jersey in a near-block aubergine. And although I've identified some issues for improvement, this first sample's not too shabby.
All the sewing pattern detail you need to cut your own Kimono Twist.

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.

Jump over to the blog on my website and check out the other STUDIO FARO MAKERS samples. :)

22 September 2016

Easy Pattern Making - No Block Required

When I look at the vast amount of pattern making posts I've blogged since 2013, I'm overwhelmed! So I've no idea how you're all coping out there. I'm going to make an attempt to curate some of the posts into different categories so you can use them for a little gentle pattern making. Many of you ask for online training, so this isn't a bad place to start by working your way through the accumulated knowledge in these posts. Here I'll be highlighting some of my posts that are particularly friendly for the beginner pattern maker.
 Self-draft pattern making for a gentle start.

30 July 2016

Vintage Inspired Round-Up


Trawling through my blog post archive I've come to realise that many of my posts have vintage content, and I discover there are at least twenty vintage posts! So this Vintage Inspired Round-Up is to refresh your memory of some of my earlier Pattern Puzzle posts and to share a few points in history where vintage style has influenced my work. Where does it all start?



The rest of the post detail is here!  :)

20 May 2016

Vivienne Drape Dress - First Sample

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 Block and every student builds a pattern plan for the development of this special design.