Pattern puzzle: Scarf pt.2

We had some very good guesses in response to yesterday’s challenge. Without further ado, here is the scarf laid flat:


The designer of record is Vionnet -who else? I found this item courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum. This is how they describe the piece:

Madeleine Vionnet was a consummate technician, particularly known for her innovative use of the bias cut, mathematically precise construction, and use of geometric forms. Often interpreted in a rectangular form, Vionnet instead renders the outline of three stepped quadrilateral forms–2 squares and a central parallelogram–in a bias cut to give this scarf a highly unique shape. Its irregular form, with only one seam on each side, is an example of her economy of cut. The abstract shape, textural fagotting and bright color combination, reversed on the opposite side, give the piece a lively presence.

I don’t know that I’d agree with “economy of cut” considering the yield and how else would it be sewn down the center but with one seam -but that’s beside the point. Of course I had to try to recreate it, which was much easier said than done. Below is the pattern I came up with:


It’s not exact but pretty close.

[And now that I’ve made it rather easy to pick off and re-scale, I have little doubt this scarf pattern will soon be featured in our favorite home sewing magazines, on our favorite home sewing websites and the pattern for sale by various home sewing vendors. Without attribution of course. I should probably beat them to the punch.]

For one scarf, the yield is not so good but the waste isn’t as bad in a marker. In idle thought I wonder if it is possible to engineer the interchanging parts of this in such a way as to make it interlock more readily. For me, that’s the fun part. I suppose I can tackle it if struck by a bout of insomnia…

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