Mini dress with lace details


Let's draft the pattern for this mini dress. It has lots of interesting details as the front placket, the sleeve cut and all those lace eyelets that give a romantic attitude to it.

To draft the pattern, start from a basic block with darts and small wearing ease (8cm at bust circumference).

You can sew the dress in any lightweight fabric - we suggest a super basic cotton popeline matched with some cotton lace.

Step 1

Start from a copy of your basic dress.

Draw the underbust line and widen waist dart so that it is 3cm wide at underbust.

Draw 2 horizontal lines parallel to the waist, one is approx 2cm above it and one is 5 to 7cm below waistline.

Step 2

Cut through the horizontal lines to separate bodices, waistbands, skirts.

On front bodice draw a slanted line as underbust slash line (higher in center front, lower towards side seam). Keep the original underbust line on back.

Step 3

Cut through underbust line (straight on back, slanted on front) to identify one more separate band.

On front bodice, manipulate darts: close shoulder dart and open the volume all at underbust.

Close waist darts on waistband pieces.

Redraw front skirt adding 100% of its upper measurement for gathers.

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