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Pattern Magic 2; Wearing a triangle

Added Nov 3, 2011

by carolyn-s

Perth, Australia






From the Japanese pattern book; Pattern Magic 2, by Tomoko Nakamichi, this is the “wearing a triangle” design. I made it out of a very lightweight flow-y cotton, and modified it by not sewing the bottom edges of the triangle as stipulated. This made it less of a structural triangle, but this way it is more suited to my own personal style.
More details on my blog here

Material Notes

sheer, very lightweight navy blue cotton




Garment Type
Beach, Bohemian, Casual, Other

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    Nov 3, 2011, 06.50 PMby Yuki M

    Triangle ! Love your original & creative idea !

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      Nov 4, 2011, 01.59 AMby carolyn-s

      Thank you! The design is from Pattern Magic 2 by Tomoko Nakamichi

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    Nov 3, 2011, 04.58 PMby sallieOh

    these are my favorite type of designs! so unexpected! good decision to not sew the bottom and to use a jersey

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      Nov 4, 2011, 01.58 AMby carolyn-s

      Thank you! I used a very lightweight, sheer, woven cotton.

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    Nov 3, 2011, 12.09 PMby fuzzyg

    A huge improvement on the original! At least in terms of wearability. Love your Japanese series, so inspiring..

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      Nov 4, 2011, 01.59 AMby carolyn-s

      Thanks! The Japanese pattern books are so different, and so inspiring…

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    Nov 3, 2011, 11.28 AMby dottty

    Wow thats amazing, you are inspiring, like Redsonia i would never have thought that a wearable thing, but i guess they are there to make you think and adapt jj:)x

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      Nov 4, 2011, 02.01 AMby carolyn-s

      Thanks! Yes, some of the designs in pattern Magic series seem a bit strange at first, but I think they are meant to lift us out of our stereotyped ways of viewing clothing

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    Nov 3, 2011, 10.53 AMby Redsonia

    Great interpretation of the original idea that seemed unwearable to me. You inspired me to try sewing something from the book. I saw the book in the Italian bookshops and it is avaliable only in English.

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      Nov 4, 2011, 02.02 AMby carolyn-s

      Thank you! I have this book in English too, and the other two Pattern Magic books I have the Japanese versions. I think the diagrams are very clear in explaining how you are meant to go about drafting the patterns, so it is worth trying them out, even if you don’t speak the language.

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