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Drafting Patterns for Skirts and Dresses

Skirts and Dresses may be the backbone of your wardrobe.  A dress is so easy to pop on in the morning, and a skirt is versatile - you can dress it up or down, and wear it with many different blouses and tops for many different looks.


Nothing beats a basic sheath for style - and it really shows off a great figure!

The sheath is so easy do draft - it's really just your basic dress block! - but I've added a high waist and color contrast for interest.

But you can also make it in a simple, solid color for your go-to dress - one you can accessorize in so many ways for so many looks!


A pleated skirt is classic, and can be done in a variety of ways, too.

I've chosen to use a flat front for a sleeker look, but the pleats can run all the way around the waist if you prefer. 

Pleats can be wide and deep, or very narrow. A multitude of skinny pleats in a shiny fabric is very dressy - it's anything but "schoolgirl"!


The circle skirt is a simple, very full skirt.  It can be soft and fluid, or, worn with a crinoline, a very 50's Dior-style skirt!

This one requires some math to draft, but don't worry - we'll walk you through it.

The drop waist dress is flattering on almost every figure. It makes you look long and lean - and who doesn't love that!

Our version is super-simple.  The bodice is, really, just your blouse block! (with the opening in the back instead of the front).

The skirt is the circle skirt - just adjust it for wearing at the hip rather than the waist.  Easy! And it looks great!

Before you create these dress, skirt or blouse styles, you'll need a well-fitting dress block.  You can create one from a commercial pattern, or draft your dress block using your own measurements. 

Once you have your fitted block, create an almost infinite variety of styles using the in-depth tutorial "A Beginner's Guide to Designing Skirts, Blouses and Dresses".  Check it out now!

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