I have a beautiful striped blue dress that I love to wear in the spring and summer. It's knitted fabric, which makes it stretchy and comfortable. But it's also a rather thick fabric (due to the knitting technique used). It doesn't wrinkle and it's very flattering. I recently took a closer look at the fabric to see if I could determine how it was made and if I could recreate the look of the fabric in InDesign using Teacup PatternMaker.
|Blue Dress Fabric|
|Blue Dress Fabric: Close Up|
3. Two-tone: Black and White
The second thing I noticed about the fabric was that it was jacquard knitting. Jacquard knitting is a complex type of multi-color knitting whereby the floats created by the color switches will be confined to the inside of the finished project. What that means to the person wearing the fabric is that the interior of the fabric doesn't snag when you wear or wash it. You'll see this technique used in those fancy knitted ski sweaters that cost a couple hundred dollars each. The cheap sweaters don't employ this technique because it's more complicated to produce. That's not going to affect how I recreate the pattern using PatternMaker; I just thought it was something interesting to note.
The third thing I noticed about the fabric was that it was pin tucked, resting in subtle horizontal ridges along the width of the fabric. It makes each stripe puff up a little bit, so that even if the fabric was all in a single color, subtle horizontal ridges would still exist.
Believe it or not, we can create this pattern using only 5 objects! So let's recreate this pattern using PatternMaker!
1. Make a large rectangle and fill it with black lines using the following settings.
|Black PatternMaker Lines|
3. Change your Cursor Key preference to 1 pt. Since we'll be reusing (and nudging) the black lines for the rest of the design, it's important to set the cursor key preference so that when we nudge, we'll get the exact alignment of the lines.
|Change Cursor Key Preference|
|Black and Blue Lines|
|Use Magenta to Align the Lines|
|Duplicate the Magenta Lines|
|Auto-Generated Confusing Layer Names|
|Understandable Layer Names|
8. Change the magenta to white: In the Layers panel, Shift + Click on the little squares next to the two White layers. Then change the pattern stroke color to white.
|Dashed Line for two-tone stripe|
|Be Sure to Change to Layer Name|
|Bevel and Emboss Settings for Pintuck|
|Completed Blue Dress Fabric Pattern|