Looks like rocket science, no?
There are 23 pattern pieces in this garment jigsaw puzzle which I drafted by myself. The knotted design on the bodice of this two-piece dress was inspired by a Japanese Pattern Magician. I don’t own any of the books, but Carolyn’s version motivated me to figure out the architecture.
There are 8 panels in the front bodice that flow upwards into a knotted mass at the centre. The structure of the bodice can best be described as a ‘blouse with 4 sets of pussy bows’ all tied and retied with one another as tidily as possible.
I modified the bodice sloper by first transferring the bust dart from the shoulder to the neck, and then cutting a princess style-line which combined the neckline bust dart and the waist dart. The princess style-line created the panel just next to the Centre Front (CF) line.
For the skirt, I wanted something form-fitting and so I decided to draft a pencil skirt with a faux hip pocket detail. I deliberately sewed the skirt front piece without visible darts, by transferring the waist darts to the side seams because I did not want any visual interference with the panels on the bodice, so as to achieve a clean finish.
For the fabric, I wanted something opaque thus not requiring lining and so I selected a one-way stretch cotton chino twill in the most delicious shade of red.
I really enjoyed making this dress and I enjoy the “oohs & aahs” whenever I wear it even more 🙂