Daily Swatch: Pattern Types – Half-Drop Repeat

flowered vintage fabric

Unlike the floral print I showed you on Friday, you can actually see both the horizontal and vertical edges of the repeat in this one(from the vintage collection of chickadee nest on Flickr).

First, we isolate a motif and connect the dots. Triangle = half-drop. (I screened back the fabric a little so you can see my lines.)

Below, the orange boxes show the basic repeating unit. The fabric is skewed so the boxes aren’t perfectly straight, but you get the idea, right? The the white box shows the entire repeating unit encompassing the half-drop.

Caroline of jcaroline creative! asked a good question in the comments the other day: “When referring to the horizontal and vertical repeat of a fabric, if it has a half drop, does the repeat still just measure the size of the original pattern block? Or is it expanded to include the half drop repeat? For example, if a block pattern is 8″ x 8″ and then it is changed to a half drop, do you still refer to the repeat as being 8″ x 8″?” Or would it be 8″ x 16″?

I’m not sure. Do any of you esteemed readers know the answer?

One Comment

  1. j. caroline says:

    Okay, I found the answer. I talked to Frank, the design director at P/Kaufmann Studios and he told me that if the pattern is an 8″ x 8″ block, even with the half-drop, you would call it an 8″ x 8″ repeat with a half-drop.

    Thank goodness I can sleep now.