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Cheila's First "No Pattern" Frock

Added Jul 28, 2010

by grosgrain

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My friend Cheila of What’s Goin Down Episode is so chic. Her house is the perfect mix of 30s charm and artistic flavor, her daughter and Lily get along like peas and carrots and she makes the BEST lunch recipes. It’s no wonder I love to visit. So when she asked me to get together and share some pattern making tips I was so there!

She had a couple ideas in mind, but in the end we decided to try and recreate this Anthropologie dress= without the side buttons. I wanted to start off with a very basic shape. The dress is just one piece, no separate skirt and top. The Anthro piece is a little more complicated. Aside from the side buttons, the cowl neck is one piece to the shoulders and the seam is at the chest. But to make things easier we went with something very similar and a LOT easier.

Cheila was surprised at how all simple the process was. We just draped the fabric on the dress form, drew lines and CUT.

I tell people that it’s actually faster for me to make a pattern of my own than to use someone else’s. When you have to use a paper pattern you have to open it up, cut out the pattern, fold back all the extra pieces, pin the pattern to the fabric, then cut. When you’re cutting off a dress form, you can see the shape of the finished piece a lot sooner than when you’re using a pattern. Sometimes, it gives you more motivation to make it through to the end.

Plus, if you make a muslin first, you have a finished pattern to use again and again. And furthermore, muslin sticks to a lot of other fabrics so no pinning!




Garment Type
Casual, Classic, Mod
Cotton, Knits/Jersey

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    Aug 1, 2010, 12.34 PMby storres56

    I love everything about this. The dress, the design process and sisterhood.

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    Jul 28, 2010, 11.07 PMby nikotina

    it came out great, i love working in this method, but i never dared do it on the real fabric and cut it on the sampling doll (i learned to use raw fabric and take the pattern out of it first and only than apply it to the desired fabric, so this way, it doesn’t really save much time at all, on the other hand, one could use the same pattern again ). how do you make sure it comes up symmetric ?

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      Jul 29, 2010, 05.56 PMby grosgrain

      Actually, I do it that way too. But I forgot to bring some to Cheila’s house:(

      As for symmetry I usually take the raw fabric and only cut on one side. Then I take the pattern and I cut it on the fold of my desired fabric.

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    Jul 28, 2010, 04.44 PMby sewingqueen-1

    Well done Cheila ! and thank-you Grosgrain for documenting the process so well in pictures.

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    Jul 28, 2010, 04.40 PMby carolinam

    i like this dress and especially the way it was made. since a fiew days i have a mannequin and will try this way too. thanks for the inspiring post.

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    Jul 28, 2010, 01.32 PMby Roseana Auten

    Goodness, what a pretty dress. I can see this method of pattern “drafting” working just fine for a knit, where the grain isn’t nearly as critical as with a woven. If your body has the same contours as a dress form, I guess you are in luck as well!

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    Jul 28, 2010, 01.17 PMby wzrdreams

    Very nice. I like seeing the design & process in picture form, and it really works with the no-pattern techinique.

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