Pattern puzzle: feraL chiLde

feral_childe_pleatedtunic Today’s pattern puzzle is brought to you by Alice and Moriah, the bi-coastal designers of feraL chiLde. Some of you know Alice from the forum, both have been hanging around here for several years, lucky us. They’re immensely talented to the extent I’ve told them on numerous occasions that they make me wish I had no integrity and I didn’t know them because some of their patterns are really, really cool. I think patterns of their styles would be incredibly popular with enthusiasts. Then again, you never know. I don’t want to make a pest of myself but I try to keep tabs on what sells and what doesn’t. Oddly, some styles I think are so great (I wish I had a technical of this so you could see what it really looked like) but are not popular at the shows. Go figure.

Today’s challenge features one of my favorite styles from their newest collection (you can see better details from their shop page). It’s described as:

  • Featuring Feral Childe’s own “Splatter Pennants” print in Silk Cotton Satin
  • Asymmetrical pleats angle across the body and lower back

I wish their site included a back view of this -just for curiosity’s sake. As it is, the front is sufficient challenge for our exercise. One of the things I enjoy about their collections is that they don’t make coffin clothes. Yeah Alice! Yeah Moriah! They also design all of their fabrics and have them custom printed to their specifications. All of their production is done in the US, New York City specifically. I feel fortunate to know them.

Alice also told me yesterday that they’ve passed on showing at Pool and will be showing at Project the next go round (next month). Some of us have been saying they were ready for that step so we’re excited and glad to see the change. Nothing against Pool, I just think Alice and Moriah have outgrown it. Which is not to suggest Pool was not good to them either. And not as though I like Project either although it’s wildly popular with the hip crowd. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that their next collection will sell well.

Anyway, have fun with this over the weekend.

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  1. jennifer says:

    i love their line! i bought a few pieces at a boutique in chicago this past fall and really really like everything. the layering of the pieces works perfectly without being bulky.

  2. ClaireOKC says:

    OMG – I adore these pattern puzzles and this is another one….as a mathmetician (which I consider myself having to translate 3-D from 2-D) I love the whole idea about this pattern, and can immediately see a good (if not great) fit on this – without being coffin clothes (what a great description of these garments!)

    Looking at this I can intellectual (and therefore I know as an expert) that this will move and fit well – by that I mean show a figure and have shape which is what everyone wants and what sells, but it may not look that good photographed or on the hanger. That could be its only problem.

    What a creative house – love their clothes, prints and whole idea of what they’re doing – like you hope they sell well.

  3. Maggie says:

    What great ideas they have. I LOVE their clothes and would be delighted if they did patterns. PLEASE think about it Feral Childe. I too love these pattern puzzles as they make me think and also inspire me to try things with my own pattern making.

  4. Donna S says:

    I haven’t looked yet but it reminds me of one of the pictures in the Armstrong book. this seems a bit more complicated though. I think it is mainly dart shifting and some added fullness in skirt. Someone is sure to knock this off. I love the print.

  5. Worked up

    Quick and dirty, and the proportions are a bit off, but considering the scale, close enough. The bust dart on the right (model’s left) looks more like a released pleat than the taped-down dart here.

    I’ve also given a back version. The back bodice is a separate piece, and I’m assuming it’s cut crossgrain.

  6. Jeff D Levis says:


    I generally don’t do apparel, I am mostly a bag and luggage guy, but this caught my attention. When I was younger I could pattern any dress shirt, or technical outdoor clothing like Goretex and fleece but that was long ago.

    This is fun, here is a website that shows the back of this top.

    I would love to see this in person. It almost looks like there are no side seams. Can it be that this is a one pattern piece top?


  7. JuliaRea says:

    Hey Guys! Yea, the ingenuity of Feral Childe will never cease to amaze us at Jute and Jackfruit, a small Fair Trade and Eco-Friendly clothing and accessories Boutique in the Boston area. We are excited at their new and daring Fall 2010 collection, which can be found at: Thanks for keeping the world so stylish and chic Feral Childe! We certainly owe you :)

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