Well it's been a long time since I posted this Pattern Puzzle - Twist or Cowl Shift Dress. And I've just rediscovered the sample photos to share with you. Here's the original image from the Pattern Puzzle to remind everyone where we started.
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 myBasic Knit Block that's now available here. 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.
Back in the land of blogging and I've made a #FirstSample of theVivienne Drape Dress. Many of my pattern puzzles start with my Women's Fitted Dress Block (PDF available) and every student builds a pattern plan for the development of this special design. All-in-all I think it turned out ok. I will be moving the dip in the waistline a little closer to the centre front (CF) and taking the cut lines for the drape with it. Checkout the revised pattern plan below.
This is the third post in the Permanent Pleating series where we're looking at the pre-pleating preparation for a Sunray Circle Skirt and Mushroom Pleated rectangle. Our first post covered the introduction to the series - Prep for Permanent Pleating 101. And the second post has all the pattern making information for both skirts; Patterns for Pleating Project 101.
This is where it all started: The Dolman Coat. Inspired by a Yamamoto garment: the pattern making instructions were developed for a loose fit kimono block. For this sample I have used a polar fleece and for winter that makes it seriously snuggles. ;)
The Jersey Twist Dress #PatternPuzzle has been tested. This blog post includes some detailed photos of the sample making process. In particular the front twist detail that is the major focus of this design.
Vintage Curiosity to Self-Drafted Pattern Puzzle - Wandering around in Pinterest I re-pinned the images below to my #cuttthatfrock album. I was fascinated with the strange little pattern diagram on the back of the envelope. The images claim that this simple shape would make that wrap top and that you can wear it wrapped from the front or the back. Mmmm... big claims for a simple shape and such sophisticated drawings! Convinced I could scale this up to make sense of it, I imported the image in to illustrator.