Viktor and Rolf, Couture, AW13, Paris.
The Autumn-Winter 2013 couture collection by Viktor and Rolf was an exploration of organic black shapes created by panelling generous volumes of fabric.
The collection provided a perfect example of how seam lines can be used to manipulate the shaping and volume of fabric. By inserting seam lines into fabric it means that you can increase and decrease the volume on each side of the seam line independently, causing half the garment to expand or contract as needed to create the desired silhouette.
Antonio Marras, RST14, New York.
When pattern making any garment that crosses over from the shoulder to the arm, you need to consider the placement of seam lines and have an understanding of how the seam line placement will affect the shaping of patterns. The position of the armhole seam line, and the amount of volume in the pattern will have a large part to play in how the silhouette is created, and in how much movement there is in the armhole for the person wearing the garment.