30 September 2013

Pattern Puzzle and follow-up to CarmencitaB Pattern

So it looks like the school holidays, here in Australia, have distracted my #PatternPuzzlers with other duties.  So we will be leaving last Saturdays puzzle up for a while to see if it gets any bites.  In the meantime this weeks post will be the follow-up to the CarmencitaB Dress.  

The original idea from CarmencitaB was to work out how to cut the pattern for the shirt dress sketched below, as an homage to an original design from Valentino. This wrapped shirt-dress features:
          1. A two-piece shirt collar. 
          2. A separate front strap for buttoning. 
          3. Wrap drape at CF waist with sash ties. 
          4. Soft pleats around waistline of full skirt.
          5. Double Back yoke and CB action pleat. 
          6. Shirt sleeve with button cuff and gauntlet placket. 

The pattern plan set out below is based on the fitted block and all pattern adaptations are featured in red.

23 September 2013

PatternPuzzle - Two Twist Jersey

I believe we hit a record last saturday with the #PatternPuzzle.  Those puzzler fans had it solved in 50 minutes!  This is the image they were presented with at 9.00am Saturday morning:

It is the front of the dress, sketched below, featuring two single twists in the front of this jersey frock with a circular hem panel.  

If you'd like to learn my method for creating Twist Drape Patterns I have a detailed worksheet for making Jersey Twist Patterns. For just a few dollars you'll get the same training you'd get if you came to the workshop in my studio.

16 September 2013

Pattern Puzzle - Draped Tee

The Draped Tee
Those #PatternPuzzlers are too clever by half.  They had it solved in two hours with only the lightest banter.    Ten out of ten for great spatial skills all of you!
The weird shape below is the front of a Draped Tee, ever so slightly upside-down!

The drape is set off to the right hand side of the front, with a boat neck and fairly straight forward sleeve.

09 September 2013

02 September 2013

Pattern Puzzle - RETRO SHRUG

A big thank you to everyone who contributed to our #PatternPuzzle conversation on Saturday.
Here is the anonymous shape that was posted on our Facebook Page.  A self-drafted rectangle with three notches - that's all they got!  And they were very creative with the information.  Have a look at the comments!

And this is the Vintage Pattern (Simplicity 8452) that started me off on a quest to make and understand how a simple, self-drafted rectangle shape becomes this elegant top?!?  I found the pic in Vintage Inspirations , a RedPointTailor Pinterest Album but no image of the back of the envelope!