As promised, I will be starting my sewing tutorials with an illustration before the main sewing. Nothing technical or complex, I will make it easy and straight forward as I can.
The whole shift dress idea was from a beautiful sewing and fabric blog visitor, she knows how to sew, but find it difficult drafting a pattern that will fit her body.
She showed me what she will like to make and I suggested a one on one illustration on how to accomplish that look with her measurement. Her finished product was excellent.
I will be sharing my finished product only. I didn’t get her permission to share hers.
The initial shift dress was with a zipper at the back; I alter mine to a buttoned back.
I will be using a size 10 measurement for this tutorial. The materials you will need are;
Your pattern paper (I prefer the brown paper, but I will be using white for this tutorial.)
Marker or Pen
Let’s dive into it, shall we!
Step 1. (THE NECK)
Mark out 2 ½ (two and half) inches at the top of your pattern paper.
Mark out 3 ½ or 4 inches down
Create a square with the two points.
To create the neck curve, mark 1 inch where the two points meet. Mark ½ (half) on the neck width line and 1 inch on the neck length to create a perfect curve.
Note : the markings are guidelines to create the neck curve. Connect the points to create the curves.
Step 4 (THE SHOULDER AND ARMHOLE)
Mark 4 ½ inches for the shoulder.
Mark 8 ½ inches from the shoulder point down.
The armhole length for 38 bust measurement is 8 ½ inches.
Connect the point by drawing a straight line.
For the shoulder slant, mark 1 ¾ inch on the armhole line.
Connect the neck width to the marked 1 ¾ point.
Step 8 (BUST)
Next is to mark the bust. First get the quarter of your bust measurement and mark it out on the end line of the armhole.
Square the line out
To get the armhole curve, mark out the center of the armhole line.
Mark out your chest measurement, if you don’t know your chest measurement, mark half (1/2) inch on the center point.
Mark 1 inch up from the meeting point of the armhole and bust
Connect the points in a curvy way.
Curve it a little under the bust.
For an A-line, you don’t necessarily need your waist and hip measurement just your desired length.
From your bust, draw an A-line, like making a triangle.
Don’t add sewing allowance to the neck and shoulder, just the body. Cut out your pattern.
BACK PATTERN with zipper
Mark out 1 inch on your pattern paper and rule straight down (zipper allowance)
Trace the front pattern on the back pattern paper (see the picture illustration)
It will look like this (see picture)
Measure 1 1/2 inch or 2 inches to get the back neck measurement, and mark it on the zipper line.
Create the back neck curve.
Place the front pattern on the back pattern and draw a 1 inch line where the armhole and bust meet.
Remove the front pattern from the back pattern and curve the back armhole using the line as a guideline.
Cut your pattern out