28 October 2013

Pattern Puzzle - Asymmetric Jersey Top

The sketch below is a trend research from 2009 for knitwear, Summer 2011.  I'm usually not a fan of overtly asymmetric cutting and will always feel a little odd if one sleeve is so much shorter than the other.  But with this design I am strangely compelled to give it a chance.  I think it may look interesting using different knits for each of the panels.

You'll find all the pattern making detail on the website blog.

21 October 2013

Pattern Puzzle - Drape and Gather Jersey Dress

This is a typical Pattern Puzzle design that I have chosen specifically for the weird shape the front dress pattern piece can make.   As one pattern piece for the front, it's a strange and very wasteful shape.  Indulgent and fun for a one-of, but not so acceptable for production.  It is more likely that it would be cut in three separate pieces with seams hidden under the large drape tucks in the bust and hip area.

You'll find all the pattern making detail on the website blog.

14 October 2013

Pattern Puzzle - Hip Twist Top

You don't need to be a genius to see I am still captivated by twist patterns.  Perhaps they really suit the whole idea of the #PatternPuzzle.  This type of jersey twist is not so unusual in the fashion ranges at the moment.  The small and unusual detail of placing the twist off centre is very appealing if not a little clever.

Our #PatternPuzzle fans, new and returning, had this weird pattern shape worked out by lunch time with the final twist in the detail.  

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.

Buy the sewing pattern here:  Hip Twist Top Sewing Pattern

07 October 2013

Pattern Puzzle - Cowl Tee with Drape

I began the puzzle development with the idea that this jersey style would have a raglan sleeve cut in a stretch mesh.  That is, to add a textural contrast and lighten the design.  But the day was a bit of a scorcher and somehow the design morphed into a top with cutaway armholes.  Too many thoughts of warm breezy days on the beach I think.  Anyway I didn't notice and then posted the pattern shape as a one-piece pattern.  It is important to note that the armholes would be very different for raglan and sleeveless, but all will be explained.

You'll find all the pattern making detail on the website blog.

03 October 2013

Pattern Puzzle - Mioara Cretu

Mioara has a particular interest in clothing made a jersey and admires the Donna Karan idea of the 'one pattern dress' achieved by removing the side seams with clever pattern making.

The front dress has a very subtle cowl with most of the interesting detail featured on the back view.  The back detail starts with an asymmetric neckline that leads to a twisted seam flowing from the back to the lower front dress.  Some gather/drape is developed at the shoulder blade level and both shoulder seams have been moved to suit the back styling and keep the pattern piece as one.

You'll find all the pattern making detail on the website blog.