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Thursday, August 18, 2011

A-Line Dress Pattern Draft

Front:



A-B = full length + 1/4 inch
A-C = 1/4 chest + 1/2 inch
Square lines from points A, B, and C.
A-F = shoulder + 1/4 inch
C-H = 1/4 chest + 1 1/2 inches
B-K = 1/4 chest + 3 1/4 inches
A-D = 1/12 chest (you can change this according to your taste) + 1/4 inch
A-E = 1/12 chest (you can change the depth of the front neck according to your taste) + 1/2 inch
Shape neck D-E.
Square down from F. Mark I where the squared line crosses H-C. Mark M where the squared line crosses B-K.
F-G = 1/2 inch (1 inch for adult-size dress)
Join G-D.
I-J = 1 inch
Shape armhole G-J-H.
L-K = 1/2 inch
Shape bottom hemline B-M-L as shown.
Extend B-M-L 1 inch for bottom hemline fold (shown by a dotted line in the pattern).

Back:



A-B = full length + 1/4 inch
A-C = 1/4 chest + 1/2 inch
Square lines from points A, B, and C.
A-F = shoulder + 1/4 inch
C-H = 1/4 chest + 1 1/2 inches
B-K = 1/4 chest + 3 1/4 inches
A-D = 1/12 chest (you can change this according to your taste) + 1/4 inch (or)
A-E = 3/4 inch (you can change the depth of the back neck according to your taste)+ 1/2 inch
Shape neck D-E.
Square down from F. Mark I where the squared line crosses H-C. Mark M where the squared line crosses B-K.

F-G = 1/2 inch (1 inch for adult-size dress)
Join G-D.
I-J = 2 1/2 inches

Shape armhole G-J-H.

L-K = 1/2 inch
Shape bottom hemline B-M-L as shown.
Extend B-M-L 1 inch for bottom hemline fold (shown by a dotted line in the pattern).
E-N = C-P = B-O = 2 1/2 inches. Join N-P-O for button stand at the back. Cut the back pattern at N-P-O for full opening.

64 comments:

  1. Thanks for this - very helpful

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  2. Thanks for your comment Sara. It's nice to know that this is helpful to you.

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  3. Very clear! Thank you for sharing! Off to the sewing room!

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  4. This is exactly what I needed to remake my vintage wedding dress. Thanks!

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  5. Thanks Aery! I am happy to know that this tutorial was of help to you.

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  6. Thank you for the knowledge u shared... can u tell us the fish line dress in the same way

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  7. Thanks this is a very helpful pattern.

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  8. Just found your blog by Pinterest! Oh my what an education you have given me! Thank you so very very much! This is so very helpful :)

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  9. Thank you very much for the pattern.

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  10. Hello... tq so much for the pattern draft, I will try to make for my daughter :)

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  11. Extremely detailed and so interesting to understand how a pattern can be broken down into tiny steps! Thanks from me too!

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  12. A big thanks to u for sharing this tutorial.

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  13. Thanks for sharing

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  14. obrigado por partilhar. Temho uma netinhos gemeos de 3 anos fazer faço cortar tenho uita dificuldade, obrigado pela ajuda

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  15. Thanks to everyone for your encouraging comments.

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  16. This is great, but how do I take the shoulder measurement?

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  17. Thank you SOOOO much for taking the time to share your vast knowledge with us.

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  18. Thank u, I enjoyed reading ds n I completely understand it.Ow abt a tutorial on trousers

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  19. Thank u, I enjoyed reading ds n I completely understand it.Ow abt a tutorial on trousers

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  20. hi I have just printed of the a line dress pattern and page His not there , what am I doing wrong checked a few times no luck help

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  21. Thanks for sharing. Very clear instructions. Cheers

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  22. Thanks for sharing. Very clear instructions. Cheers

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  23. Thank you so much for sharing, Flora!
    I've made up to 6 dresses with this tutorial.
    It's very easy to follow.

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  25. Hola me parece muy útil sólo que no entiendo mucho en pulgadas

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  26. I love you all the way from Nigeria. Thank you so much for this.

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  27. is 'shoulder' means half shoulder length?

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    1. Yes Ajeena shoulder means half shoulder. Thanks for asking this question. I will change it to half shoulder in the tutorial.

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    2. Yes Ajeena shoulder means half shoulder. Thanks for asking this question. I will change it to half shoulder in the tutorial.

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  28. Tq for sharing. Very useful and clear

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  29. Tq for sharing. Very useful and clear

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  30. Thanks loads for this awesome pattern. Made a dress today and it looked great.

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  31. Maybe I missed it in the directions, but what size of a girl is this pattern for?

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  32. You can use this pattern draft to make dresses for kids as well as women. I have included the instructions for adult size too in the pattern draft. Please check.

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  33. You can use this pattern draft to make dresses for kids as well as women. I have included the instructions for adult size too in the pattern draft. Please check.

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  34. Hi-thanks for this - I am assuming this is for a woven fabric dress and not knit?

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  35. Thank you very much really helpful and informative

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  36. just found your blog. really very helpful post like it
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  37. Flora! You complete me! Ha ha ha

    I was in search of a simple pattern I could alter for a woman of sizable girth but to no avail - until you, Flora, stepped in as an answer to prayer. I can simply take each measurement, fill in the blanks and viola!, a pattern is born! I cannot tell you what a God-send you and your blog are to me!

    Happy sewing, ma'am. Happy everything!

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  38. Thank you very much for this pattern. It is quite helpful!! Please be so kind to explain to me why the distance AF is half the shouldel. I am a little bit confused. Thanks in advance.

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  39. The dress is so pretty and I wish it could fit me nevertheless; your sewing adventures are interesting, creative, and unique. I hope you will soon be designing pieces for sale. I will be recommending my friends to this site so that they can view the excellent pieces you have designed. Find time and read my article by clicking on How to write a personal experience essay paper.

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  40. I want to make thus dress in a 0-3 months for my friend's baby (she hasn't had her yet) but i can't seem to find all the measurements i need. can someone help please?

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  41. Such a great tutorial on how to draft a dress. Thank you! I'll definitely be trying this soon!

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  43. Do you have a photo of this on a woman? Are you sure adding 3 1/4 inches on the BK measurement is enough for both children and adults?

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  44. Great instructions. Still a questions about the L-K measurement. WHY is it 1/2 inch?
    Follow-up, how does one draw the correct arc for L-M ?

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    1. I think 1/2" is roughly what you need. Your goal is to get the angle formed by H-L-M to be pretty much a right angle so you get a smooth curve round the side. If you were making an adult dress, maybe it would be a little more than half an inch, maybe even up to an inch. I usually draw an arc by starting on the inside of the curve and just eye-balling it. If you do it in pencil you can rub it out if it looks wonky - you just want a nice smooth curve. This isn't 100% accurate if you were trying for a completely tailored dress, but it's very easy to do, and good enough to give an excellent result. So thank you to Flora!

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  45. hi Flora,

    would A-C be the same measurement if we needed to add sleeves to this pattern?

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  46. PS to my last comment: There's no end of variations to what you can do with a simple A-line pattern. In my blog I give some examples. http://newgrandmawantstosew.blogspot.com/2018/07/variations-on-simple-line-dress-for.html.
    I didn't, as it happens, use the Frills and Flares version (wish I had!) as I was still using a version from Climbing the Willow. But I now think the Frills and Flares DIY approach is much better and is what I'll recommend in future.
    Thank you again, Flora

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  49. Thank you very much for the pattern.This is so great. Thanks for sharing. You and the clothes look amazing! Such an inspiration.
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  50. Very nice, need to make an A-Line dress for my daughter.

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  51. This is so helpful. Just found this site. Thank you very, very much for this pattern.

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  52. How do you get shoulder measurement?

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