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Basic Dress Sloper: How to Draft a Basic Dress Pattern

Added May 15, 2011

by Jamie Lau

Brooklyn, New Yo...




Step 1 Take measurements for basic bodice sloper

These instructions for drafting the basic bodice sloper are an interpretation of a
posted by BurdaStyle member gedwoods. He references a text titled Metric Pattern Cutting for Women’s Wear by Winifred Aldrich, 5th Edition. Refer to gedwoods’ original tutorial if you need to estimate certain measurements.

Take the bust and waist measurements as well as the following:
-Shoulder length (Base of the neck stem to part of the shoulder directly above the underarm crease)
-Back length (Nape of the neck to waist)
-Neck (Circumference around the base of the neck, passing through the center of the dip between the collarbones at the front neck)
-Cross front (Width of the chest at the front of the body, above the bust but under the arms)
-Cross back (Width of the back from underarm crease to underarm crease)
-Armhole measurement (Circumference of the arm at the shoulder joint)

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    Jan 23, 2013, 01.10 AMby Meldbombs

    In step 9, my intersection point M is outsude of IJ, what to do?

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    Jan 22, 2013, 09.38 PMby Meldbombs

    Hey I like your pencil skirt pattern so I am using that in combo with the bodice pattern to make a dress? Will I encounter any problems doing that?

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    Jun 7, 2011, 05.14 AMby islandgirlerisa

    thanks sooo much for doing this…but i am having a problem downloading the pdf:(

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    May 21, 2011, 02.51 AMby crazy4burda

    Thank you for the tutorial. I’m going to try it as soon as I can.

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    May 19, 2011, 06.03 PMby rosetta-beck

    I am a 72 year old woman who still loves to make my own clothes. I am a little over weight so it is hard to find a pattern that fits me. I am an american size 22. I have a posture problem in that I can’t stand straight due to a back injury. Does any one have a suggestion of where to find patterns for my age group, and still be stylish. I like modest neck lines, and long enough to cover my back side because of the stooped posture. I would be grateful for any suggestions. I like some of the looks here, but very few, as most of them are for skinny people, and young ones. Thanks in advance for your advice. Rosetta

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      May 20, 2011, 02.48 AMby nessys

      Hey Rosetta – have you had a look at the book by Sandra Betzina called “Fast Fit – Easy Pattern Alterations for Every Figure”? This book has some great ideas how to adjust patterns for all kinds of figure issues. I am not sure how your injury affects your back but this book has a section dealing scoliosis, swayback and round upper back and also how to lengthen patterns to cover over your bottom. I think it would definitely worth a look.

      It is lovely to hear from a more mature lady who still wants to be stylish and gorgeous! Hope this is of some help! All the best xxx

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      May 20, 2011, 04.28 PMby sewingatnight

      Hi Rosetta,

      My mom and I both use Jalie patterns for our basics – she’s in her sixties and loves how simple and timeless some of their designs are. Certainly their jeans pattern is hugely popular as is the t-shirt. The nice thing about Jalie is they have a wide range of sizes on the one tissue, from kids up through plus, so it is easy to adjust your patterns for a little more width here, a little narrower here . . .

      I would also recommend the Betzina book below, she’s great! And have you tried Hot Patterns? Those would also have sizes through plus on one sheet, and they tend to be more timeless and classic . . . nothing too trendy, no low necklines or really high hems. Good designs that you can modify for your own tastes. Happy sewing!

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    May 19, 2011, 05.11 PMby Debbie x

    metoo x

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    May 17, 2011, 11.19 PMby shavlin

    love the look of this :)

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