Added May 15, 2011
by Jamie Lau
Brooklyn, New Yo...
Separate the front and back bodice slopers. You now have a base pattern (also referred to as a template or block) to develop your own an array of bodice patterns via dart manipulation. In the example photographed for this tutorial, French darts were created and the front neckline lowered.
Once you have designed your bodice pattern, add notches, awl punches, grainlines, cutting instructions, and 1/2 inch seam allowance. Notch marks should be 1/4 inch long with a 1/8 inch bar across the top. Notch all dart legs and awl punch 1/2 inch above the apex of the darts. Draw in your length grainline and write in cutting instructions. In this example, write in “Cut 1 on fold – self” for the front sloper and “Cut 2 – self” for the back sloper.
Proceed with drafting and construction of the skirt using BurdaStyle’s basic skirt tutorial, excluding the straight waistband. Once you are finished, attach at the waist, matching up side seams. Finish dress as desired.
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