I took another look at ‘Pattern Magic Stretch Fabrics’, Straight Lines and Curves A. Its the one illustrated on the book cover. Here’s the half scale I tried last time. Stitching the centre shoulder panel to the front and back curves the way its drafted, stretching it to fit the shapes, makes the wavy shapes pull and dip towards the middle. What would it be like if the panel was cut to the finished length of the curves and not stretched instead? I cut this in a firmer jersey to try it. Front view below.
Side view.The wobbles aren’t pulling out of shape. I’m still not feeling enough love to buy some jersey and make it up though. Its the germ of an interesting garment idea, I like the waves along the shoulder and sleeve, but like the other examples I’ve worked in half scale, I’m not sure how it would translate to fitting full size and three dimensionally, or how the shapes created would hold up in wear. Would they move and distort? And why choose a stretch fabric to make something with distinctive regular shapes not following body contours? It seems counter-intuitive.
Lots more sticking out shoulder ideas in ‘Fashion Details, 1,000 ideas from Neckline to Waistline, Pockets to Pleats’, (Rockport Publishers). Here’s a dress by Vassilios Kostetsos.