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Asymmetric midi dress

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Style analysis: a classic midi dress, with a skirt slightly flared from knee to hem and a single sleeve.

Pick the fabric first: we suggest a woven, medium weight one as crepe or cady, with minimum stretch just to give a little more comfort. Non stretch options are also possible, as medium weight knits.

After choosing the fabric, decide the ease: 6 to 8cm at bust if you have a non stretch fabric, 4cm ease if it has a little stretch, 0 to 2cm ease if it's a knit. Draft the basic block with darts accordingly - our method for choosing wearing ease, drafting perfectly made to measure basic blocks and for fitting them is included in our basic blocks course/module 1.

Step 1

Trace a copy of full back and front, then on both pieces

  • adjust length to 10cm above ankles
  • erase waist darts and redraw side seams taking in 2cm at waist
  • taper skirt at knee line reducing 1,5cm from sides
  • flare skirt by 8 to 10cm at hemline, then redraw it slightly curved.
Step 2

Redraw right armhole by reducing shoulder top by 4 to 5cm, blend to zero at armpit.

On front, measure down from armpit along side seam 8 to 10cm and connect to bust point – this is the line for french dart. Do it on both sides of front, cut through the lines and close shoulder darts opening matching volume in the new lines.

Step 3

Redraw darts shorter – apex should be approx 3cm away from bust point.

Then on back and front widen neckline by 8 to 10cm towards left side. Cut through the new neckline.

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