Intermediate

It's hard to imagine how this strange shape will make-up when you first see the puzzle.  It is a slightly complex style that I managed to cut after working through the detail in a couple of stages.  Our fans were quick to work this one out on the weekend as they are all familiar with the variety of twist techniques that we use at Studio Faro.

There were great ideas on our FB page last weekend while our fans were working through the detail to the #PatternPuzzle below.

From the first moment I clapped my eyes on this little beauty, I've been deeply in love.  Never far from my mind, I had made several attempts to understand this self-drafted style.  Finally, I have something to start with.

We know this is an insanely busy time of year and would like to send a huge thank you to everyone who dropped by on the weekend for our #PatternPuzzle.  The shape below is what greeted our fans on Saturday morning on our FB page.  Below is my trade sketch as my best interpretation of the pattern with the intention of cutting this tunic in a light papery taffeta to hold the sculptural effects of the twist.

This treasure was discovered in the archives of The Metropolitan Museum along with thousands of other beautiful pieces.  Much to my surprise, I discovered that it is a fairly recent design by John Galliano for The House of Dior in 1998.

For this puzzle, the focus is on the skirt and not the tailored halter neck top.  The combination of the well-organised waterfall drape at the back of the skirt and the free form drape in the front of the skirt was fascinating to me.

This weeks' #PatternPuzzle started with a post comment from Sharon concerning a popular twist skirt style she had seen on ebay.  The look of the garment is very much like a skirt version of The Hip Twist Top from earlier in October.  In developing the ideas for this puzzle it occurred to me that there are many ways to make a twist skirt pattern.  What came out of that process are the pattern images below that offer two ways to cut a twist skirt.

Last Saturday we all enjoyed a fab conversation about the #PatternPuzzle.  As a bonus, Julie's friend, Lynn Hoffman, shared a fashion history connection with our puzzle and an 1880's polonaise jacket.  When posting the sketch of the puzzle I included images of the historic reference.  It is interesting to see how Lynn made the pattern shape connection with the drape and waterfall of these historic garments.

The #PatternPuzzle from last Saturday had a combination of mostly recognisable pieces, then at the bottom of the image that one rogue pattern that is so simple it could almost be anything.  Our puzzlers made short work of the top two pattern pieces and fell silent.  Many hours later, and after a quick prompt from us Evelyn and Mioara finished the puzzle off very quickly.

Many thanks to all the regular puzzlers, new puzzlers and the rest of our audience for coming by every Saturday to share the fun.

The Skirt Wrap #PatternPuzzle on the facebook page on Saturday was fast and furious race with photo finish in the final part of the solution - the TWIST!  Congratulations to all the fans and viewers who turned up on Saturday for the fun.  Below is the image of the pattern shape, wrong way up.

Of all the #PatternPuzzle solutions offered on Saturday, I think I like Julie Eilber's the best - 'Some kind of Aussie Crocodile.'  Such a strange shape and definitely a challenge to work out.  But the gang turned up on Saturday and again on Sunday and solved all of the detail as a team.

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