SEPTEMPER 02, 2017





Pattern of the week: The A-line dress

The A-line silhouette is currently a silhouette which is seen more and more, both as dresses but also as shirts and skirts. It is a silhouette that is easy to work with since the bustdart and the waistdart are both removed from the pattern. Depending on what material and length you choose for your dress, the A-line dress can have different looks. For example as a girly dress, a casual dress or an elegant evening dress.

Before you start designing your pattern, it may be a good idea finding some inspiration. In this post we will look at different A-line dresses and want to show you how to combine different instructions on pattern cutting so you end up with a finished pattern.

We have selected some pictures below, showing different A-line dresses. You can use them as inspiration, or find other pictures of A-line dresses and various details you like.

DRAW YOUR DRESS
Once you have decided on what details you want for your dress, you can begin to draw the dress you want on paper. That will make the pattern cutting easier, cause while you are drawing you have to decide how you want your dress to look. For example you have to decide the length of the dress, which sleeves should be added, the length of the sleeves, if there should be some intersections, openings etc. We have made some simple illustrations of how you can add different details to the A-line dress which you can use as inspiration.


Illustrations of different A-line dresses by CUT UP STUDIO

 

FIND YOUR INSTRUCTIONS
Once you have drawn how you want your dress to look, you can find the different instructions you need. To get to the silhouette of the dress we have illustrated, you have to use the following instructions:


The basic dress block, the A-line dress and the short kimono sleeve 1 


Then at the last two dresses there are added a collar and to make the collars you have to use the following instructions:


Collars - Basic instructions or the Peter Pan collar

 

MAKE YOUR FULL SIZE PATTERN
As you may have noticed already, our instructions are not instructions on a finished pattern, but instructions on the different types of silhouettes and details you can find within pattern cutting, such as how to make a specific type of collar, a specific type of sleeve or a specific type of silhouette.

You can combine instructions on different parts and get exactly the dress you want. Once you have found the instructions you need, you can start making your pattern. Below we have drawn the pattern for the A-line dress with a short kimono sleeve.


Quarter size pattern on the A-line dress with a short kimono sleeve

by CUT UP STUDIO


Let us know what you think!


Best regards

Helle & Christina

CUT UP STUDIO  

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