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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.

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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.

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The initial shift dress was with a zipper at the back; I alter mine to a buttoned back.

20170422_151852-1494x2656I 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.)
Measurement
Ruling sets
Scissors
Measuring tape
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.

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Step 2.
Mark out 3 ½ or 4 inches down
Create a square with the two points.

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Step 3
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.

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Note : the markings are guidelines to create the neck curve. Connect the points to create the curves.

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Step 4 (THE SHOULDER AND ARMHOLE)
Mark 4 ½ inches for the shoulder.

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Step 5
Mark 8 ½ inches from the shoulder point down.
The armhole length for 38 bust measurement is 8 ½ inches.

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Connect the point by drawing a straight line.

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Step 6
For the shoulder slant, mark 1 ¾ inch on the armhole line.

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Step 7
Connect the neck width to the marked 1 ¾ point.

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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.

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Step 9
Square the line out

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Step 10
To get the armhole curve, mark out the center of the armhole line.

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Mark out your chest measurement, if you don’t know your chest measurement, mark half (1/2) inch on the center point.

 

Step 11
Mark 1 inch up from the meeting point of the armhole and bust

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Step 12
Connect the points in a curvy way.

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Curve it a little under the bust.

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Step 13
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.

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Don’t add sewing allowance to the neck and shoulder, just the body. Cut out your pattern.

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BACK PATTERN with zipper
Step 14
Mark out 1 inch on your pattern paper and rule straight down (zipper allowance)

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Step 15
Trace the front pattern on the back pattern paper (see the picture illustration)

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It will look like this (see picture)

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Step 16
Measure 1 1/2 inch or 2 inches to get the back neck measurement, and mark it on the zipper line.

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Create the back neck curve.

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Step 17
Place the front pattern on the back pattern and draw a 1 inch line where the armhole and bust meet.

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Remove the front pattern from the back pattern and curve the back armhole using the line as a guideline.

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Step 18
Cut your pattern out

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