One seam coat

As I mentioned last week, Cristobal Balenciaga was famous for his unconventional pattern making.  He avoided side-seams and sought to find ways to let fabrics drape and fall around a body regardless of traditional slopers and patterns.

A famous design of his is the One Seam Coat.  In the picture below, one of his coats is being put on mannequin to go on display


The V&A have re-produced this pattern in smaller scale on thick paper.  Any visitor to the Balenciaga exhibit can pick up one or more of them.

I picked up a couple and using the instructions on tearing and folding, duly made a paper copy of the one seam coat (only without the actual seam!)


I then scaled the pattern up and have made a trial version to see how the sleeve length and cuff width would actually work out.  Having tried it on, I will over the next few days of the Christmas break make a fully lined and faced version of the coat.


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