When out browsing the shops at the weekend I saw a lovely, lovely example of a Pattern Magic-ish “wearing a balloon” (PM2)  type structure on a dress in All Saints. I could only get a tiny picture from their website, but click on it to see the webpage.


All Saints “Marilyn” dress



I’ve been thinking about a way to try this kind of structure. the All Saints dress uses a similar principle for the “balloon”, but blends it into a crossover front piece, making the piece flow seamlessly from inner bodice, to collar, then down to the waist. I had a go at drawing what the pattern pieces might look like, then got totally confused. But this dress was too perfect to try to recreate anyway. Now, if only I could find £165…