You might think that making a dress pattern is all sorts of complicated tomfoolery. But it’s not. Not for this dress anyway.
This dress pattern is all about three measurements and a wee bit of elementary school maths. Simples.
Want to learn more about making your own delicious DIY dress? Check out the whole of the series: Choosing the right fabric The perfect DIY dress pattern (with only 3 measurements) DIY dress sewing success Getting the perfect finish The easiest elastic waist ever Finishing the sleeves (like a pro) 3 steps to a brilliant hem
DIY dress pattern with only 3 measurements
1. Take three measurements.
- shoulder to shoulder
- shoulder to waist (around about your belly button territory)
- waist to knee (or where ever you’d like the dress to fall)
You might ask someone to help if you need a random tape measure end to be held down.
2. Take those measurements and divide each one by 2 (seems odd to be dividing by two, right? We’re just doing this to create a smaller pattern piece).
Now add 3 cm to the first two numbers (shoulder-shoulder and shoulder-waist) and add 6 cm to your waist-knee measure (for seam and hem allowance). These are the numbers you’ll need to make your very own dress pattern.
3. Now for the pattern. Sketch out the shapes in the picture onto a large sheet of paper (wrapping paper/taped together newspaper will do nicely). Use the numbers you just calculated.
4. Taper the top piece so that it comes in from the shoulder by about 3 – 4 cm. Taper the skirt piece out from the waist by the same amount.
This will help cut out some of the fabric bulk around the waist – because friends don’t let friends have bulky waists.
5. Raise the far corner of the skirt (the one facing outwards) and create a curve between that point and the bottom of the skirt. This will create a nice curved edge and will help the skirt fall better.