fashion illustrated – Sevin-Doering pattern puzzle

fashion illustrated — Danielle on January 30, 2010 at 6:57 pm


Once again Kathleen at Fashion-Incubator provides an irresistible puzzle for a fashion illustrator who also fancies herself pretty keen on patternmaking.  As before, the challenge is to guess what the garment looks like based on the flat pattern alone.  This time, the designer is Geneviève Sevin-Doering.  Here are the flat patterns:

The red one on the left seems pretty straightforward in a slightly crooked way.  The blue one on the right baffles me.  This guess at the garment is really just a wild stab in the dark. My theory is that it is a two-in-one garment, either double-layered (as drawn here) or with two separate sets of armholes to allow the wearer to don the garment in two different ways.

I haven’t tried to peek at the answers yet – I’ll wait until Kathleen does the reveal next week.

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    1. Oo! The red one is higher and cuter than I orignally imagined.

      Comment by Nadia Lewis — January 30 2010 @ 8:37 pm
    2. These are great! Love the drawings – and your guesses. Don’t think those are double armholes on the second one, though. I think the bottom of the “J” sews to itself to create a cowl. Although I could be totally wrong – the images of her stuff that I found online looked very “finished”, not as conceptual as I’d thought they would look… really impressive designer!

      Comment by Irene — January 31 2010 @ 1:45 am
    3. […] creatives as her clients. (Check out her latest illustration, two renditions of pattern puzzles here.) Anyways, I came across (more like obsessively pored over through my Google Reader) a mention of […]

    4. My brain just did a back flip trying to visualize how you figured these dresses out. I understand the red one, but the blue one …???

      Comment by Shop T.O. Live — January 31 2010 @ 9:57 am
    5. these illustrations are wonderful!

      Comment by Jay — January 31 2010 @ 4:24 pm
    6. Irene – that’s a good point.

      Shop T.O. Live – I wouldn’t say that I’ve solved these – I bet anything that the actual dresses look completely different than these drawings.

      The second dress is really a mind-bender. Do these things remind anyone else of a Rorschach test?

      Comment by Danielle — January 31 2010 @ 4:24 pm
    7. erk! What makes you think I know the answer to these! lol I haven’t even had time to play with it and wanted to see what my resident geniuses came up with.

      Comment by Kathleen — January 31 2010 @ 5:12 pm
    8. […] 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 […]

    9. […] my first attempt at mentally assembling the Sevin-Doering pattern last week, and seeing Kathleen’s take on it and the commenters, I wanted to try again, only […]

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