Kate's A-line 60s dress - draft your own! February 16 2019

Kate's kelly green 60s style A-line dress has a gorgeous dart configuration and interesting pocket detail. Here's a quick tutorial to draft your own version.

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Simple Dressing Gown July 07 2016

Of course, I wanted a matching dressing gown for my Carolyn night shirt. I decided on something that was easily made without a pattern as I wanted to get it finished as quickly as possible. This Kimono-style dressing gown is therefore made from rectangles and L-shapes sewn together.


Pinstripe Pattern Puzzle February 03 2015

Are you guys reading Studio Faro’s blog, Well Suited?

These days you can find it at, but it’s just moved there from where you can still see a full archive. A ‘Pattern Puzzle’ is posted on their facebook page every weekend, in which readers try to guess what the garment looks like just by looking at the pattern pieces, and the solution follows on the blog. They are often fiendishly difficult puzzles, though the solutions are often surprisingly straightforward. I love it! Recommended reading for anyone interested in how patterns work.

Anyway, once I found this blog a few months back I had a good read as far back through the archives as I could. My favourite pattern puzzle was this one from May 2014.

I believe the original inspiration for this skirt was Donna Karan, but it’s been lost in the mists of time. But, HOW good would this look made up in pinstripes? I decided to draft up my own version to find out.

I split up my skirt block as per the diagrams and ended up with the following pattern pieces (note the grainlines):