As for a skater dress, this is a dress that begins with a bodice and ends with a circular flare or putting it rather easily, a peplum. I like to see it as making a crop top and a circle skirt( you can see how to make a circle skirt pattern, HERE) and then joining them together. So unlike most flare dresses where you have to pleat the bottom or draw a ‘gather ‘to create a flare, a skater is made easy with a peplum at the end to create that free and effortless flare.
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(b) Making the back pieces: To make the back pieces, fold your second pattern paper into equal halves and then place your Front piece 1.5″ away from the folded area and trace. The 1.5″ is to accommodate for zip allowance. Even though you plan to use a stretch fabric or otherwise, it is recommended that you include a zip allowance for zipper. So please note that, including the 1.5″ allowance for zipper applies to both stretch and non-stretch fabric.
2. Making darts: In our cover photo, the type of dart used is what is known as Princess dart/seam(See HERE to find out more about it). So you can either choose to insert princess darts or regular darts. The choice is your.
To insert regular darts, simply fold back your front piece into equal halves and measure 4.25″ (This was gotten by dividing the bust length by 8 inches. Using my bust statistics, I have 34 inches divided by 8 and you’ll have 4.25″. Find out more about this, HERE) from the folded area at the bust region. When done, your front piece will look like this:
Then draw a straight line downwards to the bottom of the bodice using your ruler. It will look like this:
With your tracing wheel, trace this point and line to the other side of your bodice, so when you open up your front piece, it’ll look like this:
To make a regular dart for the back piece, see HERE, to find out more. When done, your back pieces should look like these:
3. Making the Peplum/Circle skirt: fold your third pattern paper into two equal halves and then measure 2 inches from the point of intersection, the width of your body plus 1 or 1.5 inch. This 1 inch/ 1.5 inches is to accommodate for zip allowance. Then measure how long you want your peplum/circle skirt to be( See HERE for more instructions)
Cut through one side of the peplum
When you finally remove your blouse, your sleeve pattern would look like this:
Usually, most pattern making tutorials would encourage you to leave the sleeve like this but unfortunately, from my experience, if you cut out your sleeves on fabric with that exact armhole curve, you’ll notice that it never goes around the armhole of the blouse when sewing . So to correct this, Use your initiative to draw a line from where the curve is deepest to the folded area of the sleeve. Like this:
And of course, you’ll have to trace it on your fifth pattern paper, to make another to have two sleeves.
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