The Beginning of Novelty

 Starting a new project for real!  Like, I have fabric and a zipper and a design and everything!


My lovely fiance got me not only 3 dozen beautiful roses for Valentine’s Day but also this beautiful fabric:


So, when planning out a dress to make, before patterning I draw out spects of what the pieces will look like and any measurements that I need to figure out so I have a starting place:


Then, I trace my sloper and draw on my “style lines”, i.e. where there will be seams:

Front                                                                                                                   Back
(little hard to see…)

Then, I cut out the pieces and move any darts that are in the wrong place:


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For this dress, I wanted the bust area to be gathered and pretty like, so I traced the top and bottom the top bust pattern for the bodice and added about 2.5″ of length, make sure to keep the angle at the side seam where I closed up the side bust dart.

I then patterned the skirt, which is three gores measuring 45″(2x) total at the waist, 120″ at the hem and 21.5″ in length.  Divided up in three, and then into two for cutting on the fold, that makes each gore 7.5″ at the top, 21.5″ in length and 20″ at the bottom.

Now it’s time to cut!

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