I am trying my hand at transformational reconstruction (called TR cutting) attributed to Shingo Sato using the "vortex" technique. I got interested after seeing a webinar offered online. I looked up some videos on youtube, and basically followed this one. I really like the vortex technique and have seen some stunning creations made using it.
You start with a darted bodice block. From what I seem to understand from the toneless videos is that you draw new design lines directly on the block.
These design lines should cross over the points of the darts, or in the case of sleeves, they should cross over in curved areas enough so that when you cut your design lines, the pattern should be able to lay flat.
You mark new notch lines to match up and then cut your new pattern apart. There are plenty of techniques to add 3D effects on the pattern piece by strategically placing fabric over the pattern, just look at some of the youtube videos for ideas.
Then you stitch all the pieces together again matching up your new notch lines. Fabric Used:
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I'll definitely be doing more of this. Before I progress though, I will be making a proper bodice block to work off (I just used a pattern bodice that I knew mostly fit for my first try). I also want to make a new duct tape double. Mine is 8 years old and my body has changed since then. Conclusion:
Looking for an adventure? Definitely give this a try. It only took me one evening to whip up my first version of the TR part. I finished the rest of the top the next evening.