I recently showed this little trick to a beginner patternmaker and she loved it. I am sure you know this and I thought it might be fun for others to play with. This may be a challenge for beginners learning to make patterns manually.
Here is an image of a pattern draft of an A-line dress with waist seams. No parts of the draft overlap except the skirt pieces along the side seam.
Challenge: how do you separate the front and back skirt of the draft without having to trace off one of the pieces -while preserving the shape of the side seams- and without trimming off the front or back skirt at the side seam?
The red arrow marks the area of overlap. A larger image is available if you need it. I will post the solution to Rita’s challenge next week. For what it’s worth, I did not know the answer to Rita’s puzzle.
By the way, consider yourself invited to submit pattern puzzle challenges to other visitors. Just email me (contact info is always on the about page).