I don’t remember how I discovered Russian designer Tasha Strogaya but she does some interesting pieces. I’m intrigued by Russian designers, particularly their use of style lines. Illustrated at right is an example of Tasha’s work featuring the style line seams (buy it here). A slightly larger version of this illustration is here.
I’m not wild on the fit of this style. Oh that’s not right. What I mean to say is that these style lines are placed in such a way that darts are not necessary to draw it in for a closer fitting silhouette -which is what I think this style should be -but then I’m not the designer. Maybe I’m drawn to it because these are the sort of style lines I like; namely, those that eliminate the need of darts in their entirety. It’s no trick to take a flat shapeless garment sans fitting darts and break it up into sections to sew back together. All said and done, this style is likely designed for a different figure type than this mannequin represents. I still think it’s a nice piece.
I’ve been saving this one unpublished because I couldn’t figure out how it’d become a pattern puzzle but I think I have a tack. This one is a tiered level challenge, beginning, intermediate and advanced. You can do one or even all three if you like. Please provide a link to your rendering in comments.
Beginner challenge: Draw out the pattern pieces as represented.
Intermediate challenge: Starting with a basic fitting shell, draw out these pieces closing any darts etc to arrive at the finished result.
Advanced challenge: Starting with the pattern pieces broken into style lines, show where and what you’d do to change this pattern to fit it more closely to the mannequin. Note: you can’t introduce shirring or any darting if it does not exist in the original piece.