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just discovered your blog on my own. i must say you are really awesome for sharing. pls can u make this with a light flowered cotton dress?
Hi there, thanks for dropping by our blog. The style in this post is cut in a very soft, drapey jersey. I don't think it would translate to woven using the instructions above. It not impossible. it just requires a different approach. :)
Hi Anita,Just love the pattern puzzles! this has got to be one of my favourites.. do you think this design could possibly be tweaked and still have the same side draped effect? if I had to leave the CB seam but remove the CF seam and instead have the V neckline center point extend to the side seam about 30cm below the underarm(like a batwing sleeve)...almost like the sleeve on the one side becomes a separate panel. I would also want to add more flare to the dress...so I was thinking the best would be to add it from the knee down? Thankyou Anita!
Hi Waseema, thanks for dropping by our blog. Not sure I understand your design. Please send a sketch. I'm sure all things are possible. :) I think it would be easiest on our Facebook page. There is a link at the very top, right side of this blog.
I think this pattern is simple enough for a novice sewist like me to try. Now I just need to find the right soft drapey knit in my stash......
Hi Lovenicky. Yes we were hoping it was more approachable. Soft and drapey is definitely the way to go. Good luck and keep us posted on progress. :)
Oh, my goodness! I made this one in the late 70s and am still wearing it! Love it!
Since this has been posted I have seen triangles and rectangles everywhere.I'm sure there is more to this story. :)
Thanks for sharing,pls I saw this style in silk fabric,is this the same pattern that was used?
Thx for dropping by the blog. I have seen quite a few versions of this style in the market place, mostly jersey. Not sure which one you refer too. :)
I love the idea of this dress! A couple of questions from someone who has not tried something this before: would you cut the fabric on the bias, or which line would you use for the grain line -- center front, the original side seam, etc.? Also, do you add seam allowances after drafting?
Hi Angela, thanks for dropping by. The fabric is a light weight jersey for best grape. The grain line will go with the underarm line in the centre of the pattern. I haven't considered using a woven fabric and there may be changes to the grain line in that case. And yes I always add seam allowances at the end of the pattern making when I think about seam type and the machinery I will use. There are no seam allowances on my blocks. :)
Hi, I made something similar on a woven fabric, it just needs to go on the bias then ( the under arm line in the center of your pattern) and maybe add a folded facing on the sleeve opening. I was acctually looking for information on how to do it with a jersey, so thank you so much for the info, love your blog!!!
Thanks for dropping by and your lovely comments. You're right it does work in knit and woven. I think the woven would have to be soft and drapey to really succeed. I would use the seam allowance as hem turning on the sleeve opening. If it is 1.25cm of ½" then you can double turn and stitch in sleeve and shoulder openings. A simple finish without bulk. Hope this helps. :)
Hi Anita, do you think this could also work as a vest/shrug if the center seam is let open or the draping wouldn't be right? I am looking for easy layering patterns for a bunch of sheer, lightweight woven fabrics I recently bought :)
Hi Julia. Yes I think it would work with the CF open. Particularly if you clean up the line from the CF into the neckline and add a light, stitched down facing. I think there are many others that would suit your needs. Try these few links:http://studiofaro-wellsuited.blogspot.com.au/2015/02/pattern-puzzle-drape-back-dress.htmlhttp://studiofaro-wellsuited.blogspot.com.au/2015/02/pattern-puzzle-handkerchief-fold-dress.htmlhttp://studiofaro-wellsuited.blogspot.com.au/2015/01/pattern-puzzle-tucked-drape-tops.htmlhttp://studiofaro-wellsuited.blogspot.com.au/2014/12/pattern-puzzle-cowl-back-tee.htmlhttp://studiofaro-wellsuited.blogspot.com.au/2014/11/pattern-puzzle-cowl-tube-top.htmlhttp://studiofaro-wellsuited.blogspot.com.au/2014/06/pattern-puzzle-turnback-thinking.htmlhttp://studiofaro-wellsuited.blogspot.com.au/2014/04/pattern-puzzle-kimono-twist-dress.htmlhttp://studiofaro-wellsuited.blogspot.com.au/2014/01/pattern-puzzle-folk-to-fashion.htmlSome of these posts are here on the old blog and some are on the new blog. http://www.studiofaro.com/well-suitedEnjoy :)