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Basic Dress Sloper: How to Draft a Basic Dress Pattern

Added May 15, 2011

by Jamie Lau

Brooklyn, New Yo...






Check out my instructions to learn to draft your very own dress sloper today!

Material Notes

1 1/2 yards crinkled silk, 1 1/2 yards lining; 1 22" invisible zipper




Spring, Summer
Garment Type
Bohemian, Mod, Romantic, Vintage
Blends, Silk

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    Dec 10, 2015, 09.40 AMby Pandawars

    Thank you very much! :) Do you have any good free resources on how to draft a sleeve for this?

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    May 31, 2014, 09.29 PMby Daun Ledford

    ok I am having problems with the bust cup size. Most women wear the wrong cup size how do I know that I am picking the correct one. I think I am a C. Am I?? How do you know?

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    May 17, 2012, 05.39 AMby zipporahevans

    i’m excited about this!!!! will get on it

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    May 19, 2011, 08.40 PMby gwen africa

    PLEEASE explain point 13 about the size of dart…I AM DESPERATE…..thx for all your info!!!!!

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      May 20, 2011, 12.37 PMby Jamie Lau


      For Step 12, do the following:
      -Your bust measurement is 106 cm, so you will subtract 88 cm from that amount, resulting in 18 cm.
      -You will then add 0.6 cm for each 4 cm bust increment over 88 cm to the starting amount of 7 cm.
      -In your case, you would be 0.6 cm x 3 = 1.8 cm. Then, add 1.8 cm to 7 cm to get your dart size, which comes out to 8.8 cm. (If you wanted to overestimate, you can calculate 0.6 cm x 4 = 2.4 cm, then add that to 7 cm for 9.4 cm.)
      -Similarly for people whose bust measurement is under 88 cm, you would subtract 0.6 cm for each 4 cm bust increment under 88 cm then add to the starting amount of 7 cm.

      Hope this helps!

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    May 19, 2011, 08.38 PMby gwen africa

    I desperatly nned a sloper pattern for a pant….please assisst…..i wud appreciate it dearly…and i must add that i have been searching the net for 2 months for a bodice sloper and yours were the easiest ever except for the front shoulder darts that i don’t understand…thx sooooooooooooooooooo much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    May 19, 2011, 08.34 PMby gwen africa

    PLLEEEAAASE HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!I am still confused about the size the shoulder dart of this sloper should be!!!! I have a 106cm bust and do not at all understand how i should get the size of the dart ….it is very confusing to me!!!…what shoud subtract or add and why is the amount such a huge differenc ..0.6cm to 7cm!!!

    Please help as i am desperate cos i drafted the pattern but am now stuck on the shoulder dart of the front bodice…

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    May 17, 2011, 08.22 PMby tula

    Have a look at www.thecuttingclass.com. Lots of great info on pattern cutting.

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    May 17, 2011, 02.59 PMby woman

    love the fabric!! i just did this recently too, using the same tutorials. just a question though, because i am not sized like normal mass production sizes (my lower half is a larger size than my top half), my bodice darts did not line up properly with my skirt darts. i suppose this is normal? but it kinda bugs me. so i just needed to ask.. hehehe..

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      May 17, 2011, 03.29 PMby alisondahl

      That’s a very common issue, most people are 2 different sizes. If your darts do not line up on your final design you can alter your patterns to align the darts. Lay your bodice and skirt pieces together and adjust either the bodice or skirt darts to match up accordingly, and trace a new pattern piece.

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      May 17, 2011, 03.36 PMby woman

      ohh.. yes that makes so much sense i feel silly for not thinking of that earlier hahaa.. thanks so much for the reply alison, will try that out :D

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    May 17, 2011, 04.14 AMby corinneski

    Why does this bodice block have a dart from the shoulder to the bust?

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      May 17, 2011, 08.17 AMby sweetpadee

      It’s not actually a dart, since this is for a block rather than an actual sewing pattern. One would have to have a certain amount of pattern making/drafting knowledge in order to move that space to an appropriate part of the block, usually seen at the side bust. It’s basically there to be manipulated so that you can incorporate it into the design of your pattern. If you check out the tutorial posted by gedwoods, you can find a pretty good explanation about it in the comments section. Hope this helps!

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    May 16, 2011, 08.22 PMby junaluska

    Yay! I’ve needed this. The colours on this dress look fabulous, too.

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    May 16, 2011, 05.41 PMby postmodest

    she. is. so. beautiful. !!!

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    May 16, 2011, 05.15 PMby gedwoods

    Thanks for crediting me! I love the way you use the photo of the French curve to show how to do the curve – brilliant!

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      May 16, 2011, 05.44 PMby Jamie Lau

      Thanks for creating the original and sharing it with our community!


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    May 16, 2011, 05.10 PMby ellohdesign

    awesome! great instructions and photos.

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