We had winning responses from the 22006 pattern puzzle challenge. Toni-Marie and Callum -who were probably doing it at the same time- came up with the winning answers. I'm guessing that nobody else needed to try it owing to their perfect results. Since the proof is in the proof, here is a front and back view of the dress:
There is also a slightly larger version of the same photo if you want to see that.
Have we ever done this one? I'm thinking not, although it is similar to another style I did a few years ago. This particular style -#22006- is a pattern I developed when I was still in my fella-fetching days. And I suppose, fella-fetching is as good a hint as you're liable to get as to what this looks like.
At long last -having been interminably delayed- comes the solution to last week's pattern puzzle. The upper bodice of which you can see at right. As I'd mentioned in comments, I didn't know how the neckline was going to present itself but this is what I came up with. With a cascade -as Ann correctly deduced- there are a wide variety of options. You play with the folds and fullness until you find something palatable and congruent with the style. Before I get ahead of myself, here is a list of image files which provide more detail on how the style was put together:
Left side seam
Close up of gusset at left side
Full size front view
Front bodice, straight on
Three quarter view of front bodice cascade (from left)
Three quarter view of front bodice cascade (from right)
Right side seam
Three quarter view of right side seam (from rear)
Right side seam, skirt folds & gusset
Full back view
Larger view of left side seam
Another angled view of front
And still another view of the front
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This style amounts to an experiment I'm working on, it's being cut as I write so I have no idea if it will come out as I envision*. It is entirely possible it will come out looking rather horrid -as my last project did. I had done something incredibly stupid to it, I took screen caps of it as an example of what not to do so maybe I'll post it next week.
It is as self explanatory as these things go. Your assignment, should you choose to accept it, is to draw a picture of what you think this style looks like. I will give you one clue, it is supposed to be a dress.
Thanks for your input on this puzzler -quite a challenge!
For a radical departure from our usual pattern puzzle solution, we have the designer herself to explain it all for us. Please, a warm welcome to Martha Palaza who will explain it all for you!
Yes, Marita and Natasha were correct in their assumptions.
This dress -called the Quaver Twist- was designed during a creative cutting course at the Academy of Art University while I was working on my MFA in fashion design. The basic assignments for the course included 38 different schematics which were stitched and then placed on the form to create at least 15 different samples. The catch? This degree was completed entirely online so you can imagine the number of samples I have photographed for potential garments.
Once the basic assignment was completed -in this case “Quaver Twist”, quaver referring to the movement of the fabric- we were required to create our own interpretation. Hence the full title of the design: “Quaver Twist Interpretation.”
Although the dress may appear complicated, the process was quite simple. The fabric was marked according to the stitching plan below (click to see a larger image).
To close out the year, I thought another pattern puzzle would be in order. I was halfway tempted to post the solution as well because the solution still begs in depth discussion -I haven't figured it out yet even though I have the answer.
This process has a proper name as designated by its originator but I regretfully omit it because you could do a search and find it. Actually, you probably could find it anyway but be kind and refrain from linking to it. Not that I wouldn't discourage you because you would probably have more insight to share when I post part two.
For part two, I hope to hear from the designer as to method and process and also, why it is named as it is.
Until next year then. I hope your holiday is warm and wonderful with those you hold dearest.
Here is the much delayed follow up of this previously two part series, do review part one and part two as needed. Today's entry is inspired by Lesley's post in the forum, in which she shows various renditions of this theme.
I'm not going to give you fast pat answers, instead I thought I'd go through the laborious and multi step process I use to solve drafting problems -because I did draft this solution, I didn't drape it (a nod to those who say styles like this can't be drafted).
The first step is analysis: what is the most salient feature of the style, does it look similar to something I already know? If not, how can it be torn down (reverse-engineered) more easily?
I can't speak for you but the angle of that design detail is an unnecessary point of confusion (at this stage) so my first step is to change the angle of the top (below). Straightening the folds on a horizontal plane gives me a better idea of what is going on with the style.
If we had a winner for the challenge, that would be Jennifer, followed closely by Lynn who wrote me privately. I used the instructions Jennifer left in comments to perfectly tessellate the Escher pattern. At right is the proof (there is also a larger image).
Lynn's approach was different and closer to what I would have done if I hadn't have gotten the assist. I knew there would have been a faster way to do it mathematically but I didn't know the secret to doing it. Lynn and I discussed that; she didn't want to post a comment, leaving a link to her sample (pdf) because she didn't want to get chewed on for not doing it with math because she says she's not spatially inclined. Here is how Lynn explained her approach:
Making the rounds on the intertubes of late (HT) are laser cut wooden floor tiles inspired by Escher (right). You can buy these on Etsy. I was sorely tempted to buy them for a future kitchen flooring project but for two things. The tiles are only 1/8" thick and they are wooden -I wanted ceramic tile.
So after gazing longingly at them for a time, I wondered if I could make my own ceramic tiles. I don't know if I can; I got a bit side tracked with the first part, that of making a pattern for the tile from which molds could be made. The cheater quick step to making molds would be to buy some of the wooden tiles but that struck me as dishonest (the wooden tile producer created their own pattern) and besides, it'd take all the fun out of making the pattern myself.
So, how many of you tried to work the last pattern challenge? I did some work on it. Kinda. But before I get to that, we do have a winner! who would get a prize! if we were giving those out! But we're not. Instead we'll ooh and aah and give Lena Merrin pats on the back [and maybe ten extra chances to win the next time we have a give away]. And then give her another challenge. That is usually how it works, qué no?
As we were; a photo of Lena's sample appears at right. You can also follow the conversation on her site too. Her entry included a photo of the original style I had not seen before, I think it was the best yet so I also saved a screen cap of it for posterity. There is also a larger image of Lena's sample if you want a closer look.
In the process of mulling over the challenge, I found a somewhat related style being replicated on another site called Immi Made, published by a German speaking woman. Only some posts are translated into English but I think you can get the gist of it if you understand drafting.