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Matching set (skirt + top)

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Style analysis: bra top with triangular cups and underbust band + paneled maxi skirt with side pockets and buttons.

We recommend a light to medium weight woven fabric with small to zero stretch, as plain cotton, canvas, denim, cotton/linen blends..then, draft the basic pattern ;) if you're new to our method, you can try our free pre-course to create a basic skirt pattern on your own measurements, then you can follow this tutorial to turn the basic pattern into this style!

For the top, you need to start from a contoured bodice (block with darts and zero wearing ease). You can learn our method for drafting perfectly made to measure basic blocks and for fitting them in our basic blocks course/module 1. You will learn in depth also how to manipulate darts, add volumes and a lot of pattern transformations that will take your pattern making skills to a higher level.

Step 1

Trace the skirt first, then

  • adjust length to ground
  • on both side seams (back and front) take in 2cm at knee and flare 10 to 15cm at hemline, redraw side seam
  • add 8 to 10cm past center front for double breasted buttoning.
Step 2

Square down from dart apexes and cut through the line to separate pieces (or trace separate copies). You get:

  • center back
  • side back panel
  • side front panel
  • center front.
Step 3

Here are the separate pieces. Notice that dart volume was discarded.

On center back and side back, take in 2cm at knee and flare 10 to 15cm at hemline.

On center front and side front just flare a matching amount at hemline.

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