I have been writing quite a few posts about Shingo Sato’s TR cutting school. So as you might know by now, each July-August there’s a challenge for those who have completed the online master class. A challenge consisting of various tasks to complete in order to pass. No instructions, just pictures.
Last September I wrote a post about the latest TR Masters’ Challenge, which this time was split in two parts. The second part was going to be in December-January. So it started in mid-January and lasted for about 2 weeks. I was in the middle of a rather busy period, but incredibly managed to finish all of the 5 tasks. Each of them had the same theme:
The first task was the most simple one. Here you can see the recurring twisted element, that was actually a trompe l’oeil -effect. Meaning it’s not really twisted, but only folded in a way that it Looks like it turns around.
I decided to explain this pattern, too, so you’ll get the idea.
Here you can see the first passage: unite the bust-darts with an arch and draw a line that passes through the whole bodice, touching also the arch. Measure the line.
Prepare the twisted element using the measurement you just took. This is difficult to explain with words, so have a look at the picture. Both long sides of the triangles need to have the same measurements. The short ends will be folded, so make them twice the desired final width. And leave some extra paper (=don’t cut a straight line). You’ll cut that bit folded, matching the bodice-edge.
The final pattern pieces will look something like this. Remember to add some tacks.
So basically to sew these 3 pieces together, you start by sewing the darts and then sandwich the twisted element folded in half in between the upper- and lower sections of the bodice.
This time there were more twisted elements to add to the bodice. And they were overlapping, too.
The pattern itself wasn’t so difficult, but sewing this thing together was a bit trickier. I happened to have these two unrelated scraps of fabric that were a perfect match in color.
Obviously the tasks were getting more difficult as we proceeded. So now it was time to make a skirt using the same elements. It would’ve been quite easy otherwise, but the whole thing had to be made in one pattern piece only..
This was a real puzzle, but in the end I managed to figure it out. I think the design also looks quite lovely.
After a skirt, it was going to be a sleeve-integration. Same rules as last time: only one pattern piece. The twist continues from the shoulder to the neckline and becomes a scarf.
The final task was the most difficult one. It was a jacket and the twisted element can be found in the lapel and collar, although it doesn’t show all that much. Of course everything in one pattern piece again.
I finished this task only one day before deadline. Almost gave up, but luckily it was ready just in time. Happy about it.
Next TR Masters’ Challenge will start in July, so we’ll see what kind of tasks will be waiting for us then!