Monday, December 22, 2014
This weeks #PatternPuzzle was about targeting another of my favourite Erte designs and bringing this inspiration up-to-date. As it turns out this is a truly challenging style. I know I made at least two mistakes in putting these pattern making instructions together. So please forgive any other errors you may find. And because of it's complexity, I imagine I would have to produce at least 2-3 toiles/muslins to really get the design and fit to work well before attempting in final cloth.
Monday, December 15, 2014
We have had a good run lately with Cowl Drape styles and this week is no exception with the Cowl Back Tee. Last week was the Vivienne Drape Dress featuring a Cowl Drape on the neckline and in the skirt. And Two weeks ago a reworking of The Drape Shift in a woven fabric for The Drape Shift - Woven. You might say we are coming at the #CowlDrape thing from all directions.
Monday, December 08, 2014
This weeks design is a homage to one of my favourite designers, Vivienne Westwood. The understated neckline drape and off centre skirt drape are characteristic of her wonderful draped dresses. Addendum March 2016 - I've just turned this #PatternPuzzle favourite into a pattern making workshop -
#InAnAvo The Vivienne Drape Dress. Checkout other #InAnAvo workshops on offer. Keep Reading...
Monday, November 24, 2014
The original Drape Shift #PatternPuzzle
post has turned out to be the best performing of all our blog posts over the past two years. It has pattern making instructions for the knit version of this design which is admittedly far more straight forward than the woven fabric version featured in this post. So in response to many requests I have detailed here the pattern making instructions to make this design for woven fabrics. 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.
Monday, September 22, 2014
Another great turnout on Saturday with loads of new fans having a go at
the #PatternPuzzle. And in the end it was the simplest of design
features that generated the most creative answers. This bias cut dress
has a more generous cowl that is made possible by that tricky centre
front seam. Keep Reading...
Monday, September 15, 2014
So many fans dropped by on Saturday to work on our #PatternPuzzle, the
conversation went on for most of the day. And it seems it is the
anonymous pattern shapes that cause the greatest dilemma. After all
they could be almost anything. Keep Reading...
Monday, May 12, 2014
Oh good grief! was the first response to our Saturday morning #PatternPuzzle. However by mid-afternoon all was solved and the sketch delivered. The Cowl Drape Dress features a wide, built-up neckline that leads to a folded cowl. The front dress panels are led out of the cap sleeve armhole and head toward the low waist area on the left side of the dress. Deep tucks are set into the skirt panel and meet the side body panel in a waterfall drape. The Back panels are also led out of the cap sleeve armhole and end just above the seat. There is a CB invisible zip from the neckline to the hip line. Keep Reading...
Monday, December 16, 2013
Solved with lightening speed by Alison Calderwood, Julie Eilber and RedPointTailor, last Saturdays #PatternPuzzle turns out to be a fab summer shift. The image below has the puzzle shape right way up with some notations to help make sense of the thing. Some of you may remember the Cowl Tee with Drape and Draped Tee from way back that feature the same kind of drape seam as this weeks puzzle.