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Hi, I need some help figuring out how to draft a pattern!! I’m basing it off of my favorite figure-flattering dress. It’s an Emily and Fin dress from modcloth, looks like this:
What I’m going to do is make a v-neckline and add some light sleeves. I need to figure out how to get the gathers in the pattern, though. (The ones right above and below the waist). Do you think I should use a circle skirt pattern to make the skirt? What other advice do you have for me?


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  • Patti_12-28-2011_large

    Feb 4, 2012, 03.58 AMby patti-r

    Basing on the Link photo (cannot see your actual dress) the skirt appears to be a full skirt, often called a rectangle, due to the gathers at the waist and and hem line. ( Link and your photo say A Line, most A Line Skirts do not gather that much at the waist like the one in the Photo). Circle skirt would not have the deep hem again not the gathering shown there at the waist. The bottom of waist band/ midriff/insert section is attached to top the skirt, the bodice has more ease near waist so it can be gathered to the top of waist band/ midriff/insert section. looks like the back the zipper was omitted probably has a facing.

    Measure the widths and lengths of the bodice, waistband/midriff/insert sections and skirt. Add seam and hem allowances to sections.

    It requires planning, making a muslin and Trial and Error. Good Luck

    Check out vogue or other pattern companies may have similar patterns.

    Others may have more suggestions..
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    Feb 4, 2012, 06.24 PMby maha1965

    I think the pattern of the skirt will be a rectangle the width will be 1 and half more your waist size so you can make the gathering and the length will be the length of the skirt The bodice pattern will be a basic pattern but you can use the waist darts to make the gathering and if you want more gathering you can draw a straight line from the middle of shoulder line to the waist then cut and open to make space for more gathering , I hope I was good in explaining

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