Midi dress with front twist at neckline


Let's draft together the pattern for this nice dress.

It features an interesting dart manipulation into a volume at the neckline: there's something like a front twist that shapes the bodice. The skirt part is also interesting because of an unusual V cut.

You can sew it in any lightweight woven fabric - if you use something sheer we suggest sewing also a camisole and attach it to the shoulder and waist seam and to add a full lining to skirt part.

To draft the pattern, start from a basic block with darts and matching sleeve.

Step 1

Trace a copy of your basic block with full fort.

On front and back cut though the waistline and draw the waistband:

  • on back, draw a parallel 5cm below waistline
  • on front, start 5cm below waist at side seam and draw a slanted line almost to hip level in center front. You can adjust the slope as you prefer.
Step 2

First we manipulate darts in waistband and skirt parts.

On all waistbands, close the darts. Both waistbands will be slightly curved upwards when darts are closed.

On front and back skirt draw a slash line from dart apex all the way to hem line.

Step 3

These are back pieces:

  • on back bodice, discard the dart half from side seam and half from center back
  • on back waistband, see that dart is closed
  • on back skirt, cut through slash line, close the dart and open a matching volume to the flared hem.

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