29 July 2013

Pattern Puzzle - Gather Top

On Saturday Karen, Marissa and Delwyn had a fun ol' time working out this simple but defying shape. Posted as the image below, the guesses were so close first time around for all.  Quite rightly it could be a collar or a sleeve but is in fact a gathered yoke as both Karen and Delwyn guessed.

See below the production sketch shows gathering all round the yoke shape, creating a slightly puffed, cap sleeve.  There is also gather in the 'V' neck feature and a loose cut caught by elastic in the hip area to create blouse near the hem.

Below is the pattern plan for the top, front and back, using a fitted dress block.  This block is available on the website - Womens Fitted Block Sizes 6-16.  The dashed lines indicate where the pattern will be opened to include extra fullness for gather and fullness.

The unusual yoke shape was achieved by first expanding the front and back yoke separately as below.  Then joining them together as one piece as you can see in the final pattern diagram.  If you enjoy this kind of pattern making then join us at one of the Introductory workshops in the September vacation period.

Below are the final pattern pieces before they have seam allowances added, are then folded, stapled and cut as full pattern pieces.  Note that the bust darts have been moved into the neckline to create gather.  The shaded areas show the added fabric with the new style and the white areas are the original block.  I think of these markings as the 'bones' of the pattern.

Let me know if you are interested in more detail on this particular style. Like us and join the Pattern Puzzle conversation next week.   Send me your challenging ideas and patterns.  Happy to share.  
Enjoy :)

1 comment:

  1. Hi Anita great to meet you at the guild on Saturday. This is a fantastic post. Had difficultly using your booking system on Sunday, so will ring you when I return to Sydney. I'm travelling for business today.