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Off shoulder long dress

4.5/5

Style analysis: evening dress with princess cuts at bodice, oof shoulders neckline with wide sleeves. Sheer, contrasting details are center front V-shaped panel, side panels and sleeves. Mermaid gown with side slit and drape above it.

We suggest heavy satin, medium weight crepe or cady matched with organza for details and adding lining to all non-sheer pieces. It's possible to add interlining to add a bit more structure to bodice if your fabric is too soft.

Draw a contoured dress (= with no wearing ease) on your own measurements and follow these steps to turn it into this fabulous dress!

Our method for drafting perfectly made to measure basic blocks and for fitting them is included in our basic blocks course/module 1.

Step 1

Trace back and front and lengthen them to ground. Then:

  • draw a line 10 to 15cm above knee line, then taper by 2 to 3cm on side seams and center back, blend to zero at hip
  • flare hemline by 10 to 16cm on sides and center back and redraw side seam meeting previous line
  • mirror front to have it full, then square down from left waist dart to hemline
  • cut through waistline to separate bodices and skirts.
Step 2

Reduce back waist dart on skirt by 2cm, and remove those 2cm from center back.
Notice how center back on skirt is shaped.

On front, cut through slit line from hem to dart, then discard dart width.

Step 3

Focus on skirt:

  • on left part of the image you see back skirt
  • front skirt is made up of 2 pieces. On right piece (biggest one) square across dart apex, then draw a line at matching height also on left piece. Cut through these lines.

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