29 February 2016

Pattern Puzzle - Twist Overlay

Did you ever think there'd be so many designs using Twist Drape? I was totally captivated with the asymmetric aspect of this design and the layering effects that can be achieved using two fabrics. Like the majority of previous twists you'll definitely need a two-way stretch knit for this to work well. The elastane (Lycra/Spandex) in your knit fabric is the best tool for achieving a snug fit with this method of making twist patterns.

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.

15 February 2016

Garment Pleating - Homage to Issey Miyake

While I wait for the local pleating house to finish their summer vacation, I'm moving onto the second phase of the Permanent Pleating Series - Garment Pleating.  In this series I'll be discussing whole garment pleating as originally inspired by the work of Issey Miyake (Pleats Please).

Design's suitable for Whole Garment Pleating

The most important quality in a garment design that you intend to 'pleat after make' is the flat, almost two dimensional nature of the garment before the pleating process.  More detail...