Asymmetric draped dress


Let's draft the pattern for this cocktail dress. It features an asymmetric neckline and both bodice and skirt are draped.

To draft the pattern start from a block with darts and zero to minimum wearing ease (we suggest 2cm at bust, waist and hip circumferences)

You can sew it in light to medium weight satin for a similar effect, and we suggest to use the same fabric also to line the whole dress.

Step 1

First trace a copy of your basic block with full front and back as the dress is asymmetric.

Then draw the underbust line on front and widen darts at underbust matching the width they have at waist, as you usually do for a contoured bodice.

Step 2

On back and front draw the one-shoulder neckline.

Raise right armhole by reducing shoulder line by 2cm, then move up on shoulder line 5 or 6cm more. From this new point, draw the neckline all the way to left armpit.

On front, widen shoulder dart by 1cm at neckline on the side without shoulder strap – this way the dress will be tighter to the chest.

Step 3

Cut through waistline to separate bodice and skirt, then draw some slash lines on bodices:

  • on back bodice, draw two slash lines from shoulder to dart apexes
  • on front bodice, draw multiple slash lines (where you want pleats in the dress) starting from shoulder and armhole and going to the opposite side seam and to waistline.

You aim at closing all darts opening their volume into the new slash lines.

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