The Design Process

To cut on the fold or not to cut on the fold.?.. here is the easy way

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To cut on the fold or not to cut on the fold.?.. here is the easy way

  When I am working out how much fabric is needed for each style and size I always try to find the sweet spot which is fast and thrifty. Laying  all pieces up on the fold is fast  because you can cut 2 pieces at once.  But is it thrifty? It depends on how you fold your cloth. Here are some techniques to take into consideration before you chop into your cloth. Does one cut on the fold or not cut on the fold? Is there another way? Absolutely!  For example: A fold doesn´t have to be down the middle...

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The Yes Dress and the Yes Wrap. Fitting Tips and Variations

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The Yes Dress and the Yes Wrap. Fitting Tips and Variations

The Yes Dress and the Yes Wrap have the same fit.   This is because the Yes Wrap is an extension pattern or a new front to the Yes dress. If you have already tweaked your Yes Dress you can apply to same adjustments to the wrap for the same fit.  Taking these 2 measurements will optimise the fit of the Yes Dress across your chest:  the mid shoulder to bust point and the side seam to side seam across the fullest part of the chest. To begin: Measure from the centre of your shoulder line to the fullest part of your...

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The Kim Cardy, A new front

THE  KIM CARDY.   (Work in Progress) This is the cardy you have been looking for to wear over your Kim top. It has the same gentle swing.  The new front has a  cut on shawl collar that casually drapes around the neck. There are optional bluff bluff pockets for a longer or shorter version.  The style also includes a slightly wider long sleeve. This is an extension pack.    You might want to size up , depending on your cloth choice. If you already have the original Kim, and need another size group for your Cardy send an email to stokxpatterns@gmail.com...

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A Stokx co-production; a Krisla or a Carlis?

A Stokx co-production; a Krisla or a Carlis?

 This beautiful dress is a fine example of #stokxinthewild.   It is the brainchild of Ronda. Find her on instagram @anakiequilter This is an excellent summer dress and can be made if you have the Kris top and the Carla rock or Dress  I asked Ronda if I could share her ideas here on the website.  This is extremely generous of her because now you can make it in the same way or make your own version.  Such a cool frock! A light cotton weight and a whimsical print. It ticks so many boxes with pockets, breeziness,  freedom of movement,...

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The back of the Squarepants Plan B for Stretch Fabrics

The back of the Squarepants Plan B for Stretch Fabrics

  The adjustment detail on the back of the Squarepants is a great feature. The original version has the back belt inserted into the back dart.  This version, Plan B , has the belt starting from the side seam.   The function is the same.  Plan B is good for fabrics with stretch because it prevents the side back section from growing as the back belt is tightened. My colleague Norea came up with this. It is a great idea!  

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