Pattern Puzzle: Ziggurat pt. 2

laura_whitney_final_projectFollowing up with last week’s pattern puzzle, I know it was familiar to many of you who follow the blog consistently. I’d written previously about the designer Shingo Sato who had provided inspirational source material.

Our generous benefactor of last week’s example is Laura Whitney who explained the pattern process she used step by step on her blog. Her project was ambitious and complex. I’ve linked to an image cheat sheet for the pattern layout. Her design used three of those diamond-thingies. Thingies being official-ish garmento lingo.

Can’t speak for you but what I want to know is how long it took to sew this. Oh how I envy being able to invest seemingly endless time, energy and youth in fun art projects. I’m feeling old and poor today having worked all week end.

Comments on the entry were relatively sparse, I appreciate that no one ruined the fun for those who hadn’t seen the original post or had seen Laura’s design on other sites. Several of your comments mentioned a bodice and skirt configuration; the hint provided by Laura’s notation on pattern pieces. Marie-Noelle was sufficiently inspired to reverse engineer the pattern layout and mock up a concept -and for which we thank her in leaving the link.

Another contributor was AnaJan from Serbia who wrote me to say she was inspired by Sato’s conceptual pattern making to create a skirt. The skirt itself is difficult to read being black but the pattern work is quite clear. She also has other interesting sewing projects on her site that are excellent -no, admirable- construction samples.

Again, many thanks to Laura Whitney for being such a good sport (and Katy who brought it to my attention). Laura aspires to launch a bridal gown business and has started a crowd sourced fundraising effort to get it started.


  1. Lisa Armstrong says:

    I went to see Shingo Sato in Chicago this past weekend. It was very cool to see all his designs, and learn his way of patternmaking.Report

  2. Lisa Blank says:

    Fascinating puzzle. My internet service is terrible right now, so trying to follow the links is pointless, but I will be back to check them later.Report

  3. Hi I’m the creator of this little number! I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to get back to this post but thank you ALL for the encouraging comments, especially you Shingo!!! I learned you techniques from watching You Tube videos and was just fascinated by them! I hope you do more lectures in the United States (Minnesota please?) so I could attend! Anyway, to answer the question about how long this took, I spend about 3 solid days working on it (8-12 hours per day?). I’m really proud of this project although I still see mistakes that I’d try to correct…ah well. Now I am busy producing my bridal line thanks to all the generous donations! Thanks again everyone!Report

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