The blouse below is a design I created some time ago for a friend. She purchased the patterned fabric and I came up with the idea to combine it with black to balance it out.
The fabric is lovely - doesn't it remind you of a Vincent Van Gogh painting? - with its large bursts of flower-like prints. The fabric's pattern was run along the bias but that would not work for my idea of this blouse. So, I cut it against the grain and aligned to pattern horizontally with the waist.
I like to alter patterns to see what happens when a person wears the garment and moves in it. This blouse has pleats on the front and in the back. This means an overlap of the flower-like prints and thus their distortion. The patterns seem to intensify at the pleats.
But when the wearer moves, the pleats open up and we can see the flowers in their full size!