Pattern puzzle: pick one pt.2

my_idea_pattern_puzzle Have you had fun playing with the all-in-one patterns from last week? I didn’t process the red one because it seems you could figure it out easily enough if you cut one in quarter or half scale. Judging from comments, most people agree the hole in the center of that one is for the neck. Danielle posted an illustration of both if that helps you visualize. Owing to my own bias, my idea was the slit was a seam at center back but there’s no reason it couldn’t be its opposite as Danielle showed.

The purple one more closely resembles a Rorschach test than a garment pattern. Britannica and Brina have decided this one is a jumpsuit (Brina’s sketch). In the interests of intellectual honesty, I didn’t read their comments until after I came up with my own rendition so I’ll have to go back and play with their idea since I came up with a dress.

Hopefully you can follow along with the brief notations. I think that there is a twist at center front, right moves left, left moves right and the wider pink seam is gathered to join the shorter pink one. There’s no real way to know until someone cuts one of these in smaller scale and bastes it together. Hopefully someone will do that and enlighten us all. Either way, it’s been fun, no?

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  1. Sandra B says:

    I don’t normally find these pattern puzzles too tricky, but I have to confess this one has me quite baffled. This reminds me of one of Isabel Toledo’s blouses, which uses the same pattern for 4 different end results, all depending on how it’s sewn.
    I did a small range of garments last year that all used the same pattern piece to make different items (several trousers, several blouses, a dress and a couple of skirts) but my attempt was so unsophisticated after having seen this work. Back to the cutting table.

  2. Danielle says:

    It really is like a Rorschach test in that solutions seem to reveal something about the way we think. Mine is way different than yours – where you saw back panels, I saw collars, where you see armholes I saw neckholes. The way you untangled this by matching the seams seems pretty logical compared to mine, where I just freely invented ways it might attach as I drew.

    I think I might have to try drawing your version from the back.

  3. Zaz says:

    i must have sewn3 summer skirts, 2 blouses and a suit in my whole life as a teenager. i totaly stopped and been knitting.
    but i do remember that you had posted about a special way a designer cuts to always have a hole for the neck opening and two holes for the armholes, however the fabric is layed.
    been thinking about that one the whole time, not just now with this puzzle.
    is it possible to have that link again if you don’t mind of course?
    that would be awesome…
    thank you OX

  4. Kathleen says:

    I forgot to mention that I think it is possible that there is also a twist at the CB waist (there’s a key hole there, can’t figure it out unless it’s a cut out for a twist). This would mean the two straight lines of the skirt (now at the sides of the illustration) would be joined at CB. Only thing is, I can’t figure out how the side panel would join to the back skirt if there were a twist.

  5. Brina says:

    Thanks Kathleen for this particular pattern puzzle. (and Annie J. for turning you on to it). Whatever the solution, it’s the most fun I’ve had in a while. I usually do the pattern puzzle but just don’t post my results because I don’t have a scanner and drawing/illustration software and other accoutrements at the moment. I like that Sandra B. mentioned about the Toledo blouse–it would be kind of neat to see if you could get more that one workable garment out of this cut. Last night I worked on the “Costume de Roméo” and it’s pretty cool how that worked out. I will post the info on my Flickr later this week–I plan to sew up the muslin in stages and photo so someone could see how it goes together.
    Anyway, thanks again.

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