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Cocktail dress with draped bodice

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Wedding season is starting - despite Covid 19 - and we need some new dresses!

Let's draft together the pattern to recreate this one. It features a cowl neck and some pleats from one shoulder to the opposite side of the bodice. A 3/4 skirt makes a very chic length.

The fabric you used has sequins (for the greatest finish, which is also the greatest fun: unpick the sequins from all seam allowances, sew the pieces together, sew the sequins by hand to cover the seams), but you could also go for something plain like silk crepe.

Step 1

Start from a basic block with darts, full front for the asymmetric neckline.

Step 2

On both back and front, raise the armhole onto the shoulder line by 2-3cm and redraw it without changing the bottom part (those 5-7cm before the armpit).

Taper the skirt by 2-4cm at the hem, blending to the hip line.

On back only, erase the waist dart and discard it half from the center back and half from the side seam.

On front, cut through the waistline to separate bodice and skirt and cut the bodice in its center.

Step 3

Get the back and let’s focus on the neckline.

Raise 3cm from center back neckline and high point shoulder. On the shoulder line, move also from this point to the right 3cm and draw a curve connecting them.

On center back, move toward the left 1,5cm and draw the new neckline and center back line.

Step 4

Get half of front bodice.

Connect both darts (from shoulder and waist) to the bust point.

Then make a perpendicular from bust point to center front and cut through this line.

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