Off shoulder balloon dress


Let's draft the pattern for this bridal short dress.

It has a balloon skirt, sweetheart neckline with off shoulders sleeves.

To draft the pattern, start from a basic block with darts and no wearing ease.

Step 1

First, trace a copy of front bodice and make it a contoured one:

  • reduce back dart to half its width and discard a matching amount from center back, blending to zero to a point around shoulder blades level
  • draw underbust line on front and widen bottom section of front waist dart to match your underbust circumference.
Step 2

Draw the new neckline, then move armhole point inwards by 2cm at neckline.

Widen front shoulder dart by 1cm at neckline.

Step 3

Cut through all lines so you get back and front bodice pieces.

Close waist dart on front side and tape it.

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