20 October 2014

Pattern Puzzle - Classic Drape Dress

The idea behind this weeks #PatternPuzzle is to use a classic drape style to show how the fitting darts in your bodice block turn into drape according to design.  And to also have a go at making my pattern making technique clearer for everyone.


 



I would love to hear what you all think about this classic style.  Feel free to leave all comments and questions below.
Enjoy :)

20 comments:

  1. Interesting... In the pattern puzzle, the first thing I thought about was a design like the one in the sketch. But I knew that couldn't be because it didn't explain all the pieces. Maybe you should move on with Pattern Puzzle to ask for a sketch of the garment because it's much easier to determine what it should be - sort of- than what the actual style lines should look like...

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    1. Hi Lauriana, thx for dropping by. I am always happy to have sketches. I will suggest it next week. Thanks for the feedback. :) Greatly appreciated.

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  2. A pattern very well done! In particular I liked the details, such as separating the front bodice from skirt, the movement of waist darts to the side seams, and how narrowing the hem.:)

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    1. Thanks so much Mioara, I appreciate your comments and the attention you pay my work. As teachers the most important thing is to be clear for our students. You help me get better in my communications. thx :)

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  3. I like this dress, I'd definitely wear it :)

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  4. I love this style of drape. Do you know if this would work with a longer A-line skirt?

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    1. Yes I think it might work as long as the area with the drape tucks is fitted and the 'A' line flare starts below that area (below the hip line). :)

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  5. Yes I I can understand that. Thank you

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    1. My pleasure. Would love to see your dress when you are ready. :)

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  6. I adore the lines on this dress! And I love how you make it seem so easy to achieve with the sketches (I'm new to your blog... can you tell?). I would absolutely try and wear this.

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    1. Hi Melanie thx for the compliment. I was trying to be more detailed in this post. :) I would love to see your dress if you ever get a chance to make this one. feel free to ask any questions as you go along.

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  7. I really appreciate the detailing you've given us with these notes and images Anita.

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    1. Thanks Maria, this blog gives me such a great opportunity to test instruction and graphics in teaching patten making. i am learning so much from fan reactions and questions. :)

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  8. I've just discovered your blog - it's an amazing resource and fascinating to this newbie at pattern drafting, so thank you! I definitely want to try this or the curved seam dress out. I had a question about this one, where the darts are moved into the tucks on the right hand side. I have pivoted darts around their apex before but not 'migrated' them to a new point - do you have any extra tips for how to go about that? Thank you!

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    1. Hi Katie, thanks for dropping by. :) If you look closely at the bodice the darts are both pivoted from the apex. The only difference is that I have pivoted them all to the same place. As an experiment just try the bodice moves (ignore neckline and cap sleeve) and cut the one line only and close both the darts. You will see it all happen at once. :)

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    2. Ah, I think I get it now! I'll give it a go and let you know how I get on. Thanks :)

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    3. Sounds fab. Feel free to ask questions thorough the comments section as you need. :)

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  9. It seems like there should be a tuck at the waist, but on the line drawing of the finished dress, the tuck seems a lot higher than at the waist.
    Also the lower dart on finished line drawling seems to angle up, but from the finished pattern pc, It seems like it would angle down. Am I missing something.

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    1. Hi Cheryl, thanks for dropping by the blog and my apologies for the confusion. You are absolutely right! I think it's a left brain, right brain thing. I do the sketch then prepare the pattern instructions.

      As the pattern maker I would have decided to put the tucks in a more logical place on the block pattern than the sketch suggests. But forgot to go back to the sketch and make the alterations to the drawing. In the end it is the technical considerations that win out for me. If I get a chance I will update the sketch.

      Thanks so much for letting me know. It is better to own and fix than leave people confused. :) Much appreciated.

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