Design Maternity Dress Pattern - DIY Sketch to Pattern

DIY Maternity Dress: Designing the Pattern

It is the second part of Maternity Dress DIY project and I show you how to turn my fashion sketch into a pattern ...

Hi Darlings, It is the second part of Maternity Dress DIY project and I show you how to turn my fashion sketch into a pattern. As you see it is a simple A-line dress consist of three parts, center front, center back and Side panel. I made these maternity dress pattern by little changes and manipulation of front and back basic slopers pattern. So you need perfectly fitted front and back bodice patterns, If don’t have it you can create it by this free basic bodice pattern making course.

Maternity Dress Pattern - Tools your need

Tools & Suppliers

  • Front & Back Pattern
  • French curve
  • Hip Curve
  • L-Square
  • Pattern Paper
  • Mechanical Pencil
  • Eraser

Pattern Plot and Manipulation

  • For manipulation pattern trace front and back pattern, include the back horizontal balance line.
  • Draw slash lines from front and back waist to approximately 3 inches up from armhole curve.
  • For closing the back shoulder dart, draw slash lines from dart points of waist and shoulder darts to a joining point of back  Horizontal Balance Line (HBL).
Designing maternity dress Pattern - Pattern Making Course Step 1
Designing maternity dress Pattern - Pattern Making Course Step 1
  • cut slash lines to, not through, armhole in front and back.
    close back shoulder dart
  • Place Patterns on paper and spread slash sections 1 1/2 inches. secure pattern and trace.
  • Add waist to knee or any desired length to the center and side of pattern and connect to line with a curve line.
Designing maternity dress Pattern - Pattern Making Course Step 3

For more classy look you can add more length to the back pattern by adding 4 inches to the center back and little curve to front Pattern by adding 1 inch to center front. draw curve line as shown bellow

Make Alteration to neckline and armhole curve in front and back Pattern
  • In the front pattern, mark 1 inch from shoulder at the neck and 1 inches at the center front. connect them with french curve.
  • In the back Pattern, mark 1 inch from the shoulder at the neck and 3 inches at the center back. connect these two mark with french curve.
  • in the front and back pattern, mark 1 inch from shoulder at the armhole and 1/2 inches at the side seam. connect them with french curve.
separating and connecting the side seam
  • Cut the front and back pattern through the slash line you draw and cut on the main bodice pattern
  • To eliminate the side seam, place the front and back panels together and tape.
  • Mark notches at waist and armhole
Designing maternity dress Pattern - Pattern Making Course Step 4

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