So, for the Pattern Magic Challenge, I decided to make this interesting, curved design, called kakurenbo (hide and seek). The flare of the skirt is designed in such a way that parts of it lie (hide) under the curves. The photos from 'Pattern Magic 1' above show this effect very well. A lot better, ahem, than mine does.
As I mentioned in a previous post, I had decided to take a short cut with my version of this pattern, by using an existing pattern as the basis for the design, rather than drafting a block to fit me and then modifying it to make the kakurenbo. I decided to make a t-shirt using Jalie 3132, which I have made before as a t-shirt here and here and a nursing hoodie here. I think this method worked OK, apart from my blunders, on which I will elaborate below.
The instructions seemed very straightforward at first glance and I raced ahead gung-ho, only to find that working out the 'hide and seek' bits was actually pretty tricky. I didn't want my t-shirt to be as full in the flared lower part, so I drew a normal curve (f) in the centre front and 'hide and seek' curves (b, c, d and h, i, j) on either side of it. I used a mirror image of the same design on the back, making six curves altogether. These were drawn below the bustline. The 'hide and seek' bits (b, d, h, j) then needed to be opened out as seen in the lower part of the photo below.
Next, the lower section of the t-shirt is flared open at strategic points in the curves as shown below. I flared mine much less than the book said as I wanted a softly draping t-shirt.
I was ready for a stiff drink by this stage, but I pressed on and cut out the pattern pieces. As it turned out, a stiff drink may have been more productive as I left off the seam allowances. Face-palm. Pattern Magic 1 did not mention seam allowances. I blame them.
At this point I screwed the blasted kakumbi-whatsit into a ball and threw it at the wall. And then had my stiff drink.
Some days later I smoothed things back out and carried on. I should note here that usually when I make something I find it hard to tear myself away, beavering on until it's finished. Not so with this particular
disaster pattern. Anyway, I didn't have enough fabric to recut the pieces, so I continued with my un-seam-allowanced mess hoping that I could ease some curves from the stretchiness of the knit fabric. I was using a light viscose blend knit from Textile Traders.
I did a bit of pinning...
...and then some stitching. Followed by several days worth of unpicking and restitching every millimetre of every curve. Most of the restitching was done as topstitching, which seemed to reduce sagging within the curves.
I was forcing myself to continue this to the bitter end. However, every now and then I would glimpse it from a certain angle and think that maybe there was some potential there somewhere. Generally, this was soon replaced with despair once again!
Eventually, I emerged with this:
It's not bad as a little top for summer. The curve is kinda interesting, no?
"But where are the hide and seek bits?" I hear you ask. Well, they sort of got lost with all the unpicking and stretching.
But wait, here's one!
That's it. I'm exhausted!!