I’ve finally gotten around to playing with one of the styles depicted in Pattern Magic. The style I selected was #53 on page 90 of the Japanese edition -which I bought direct from Bunka before the English edition was available. So if you have the book (in English) and want to follow along, I don’t have a page number for you but it should be there abouts. Photo is below.
I wish I could say I did a bang up job on my first attempt but no such luck. I’m revising it now but thought I would post in the mean time. You can definitely file this style under “harder than it looks”. Below is the image of the final pattern of version 1. The dots represent match points and the solid lines are cut lines.
I realize the above is too cryptic to be helpful, at least it was for me and I made it. So what I did to make it easier for myself was to create a tucking guide for all those drills. Below is an illustration of it. I’ve used arrows to indicate paired match points. The red lines are the cut lines because you can’t make those folds without cutting into the goods. Circles indicate the pivot points for the folds.
And last but not least, the first sew up of version one is shown below. Obviously it needs some work.
The only advice I have at this point is to suggest that even a crappy result for a challenging style like this is worth it if only because the joining of the match points and getting the cut lines right is an excellent tutorial for understanding how the folds line up. For what it’s worth, the cut lines were good as were the match points. I’m dissatisfied with the depth of folds (I was a bit too conservative) and of course, it is too snug for the figure -although it melds well with the form’s shape.
Questions? Comments? I can upload this file in the forum if I know what file formats people want. With StyleCAD, I can export to AAMA, Gerber, PAD, AutoCAD, Illustrator, Optitex, Lectra, Asahi and Yuka. Again, the book is Pattern Magic, available in English for about $16. A steal. I’ll keep you posted as I make further progress.