SWAP #7: Fractal dress/top from Alabama Chanin
Made in offcuts of ponte in purples and blue, including rib texture and velvet.
I spent AGES plotting how to cut the fractal top as after getting the gazillion triangles for the geodesic I’d dramatically reduced the size of my remnants. I didn’t want to end up with it looking weird, or too symmetrical, and tried to keep the different colours and textures apart. I numbered the illustration panels, and the pattern pieces, and got it ALMOST all cut out before I realised I’d messed it up.
Ah well, it is what it is, a top made from scraps. I rummaged, recut, and managed to get all the pieces out in the end. Its very wonkiness is its superpower [that’s what I’m telling myself anyway]
The ‘fractal’ of the title… I see no fractal. Did she mean fraction do you think? THIS is a fractal
Fancy being hypnotised by one? Try this [very soothing] clip zooming into the famous Mandelbrot set…
Anyway, easy peasy lemon squeazy. Once I stopped being vexed by the messed up colour order, it went together without any fuss whatsoever. I didn’t fancy the full Alanbama Chanin handsewing ritual [‘love your thread’ anyone?] so I just used the Pfaff, stretching the fabric a little, then did some topstitching by hand along the seams. A few hours later, and it’s done.
I REALLY like this one, it fits way more nicely than I expected, and the length looks good for wearing with skirts as well as trousers. I think I need another, and maybe the dress version too…
I feel virtuous using up all these scraps…so I bought some more goodies to celebrate.
Watch this space