Raglan paneled dress


Style analysis: paneled dress with raglan style lines and geometrical cut (challenging to sew!), straight skirt in ankle length.

The best fabric is something medium weight with little stretch for making the dress fitted yet comfortable. Crepe, cady, microfibers, even velvet if you want to spice up your sewing game.

To draft the pattern, draw a basic dress with darts and zero to 4cm ease on circumferences (depending on the fit you prefer and the fabric you use). Learn more about wearing ease, our method for drafting made to measure patterns, fit them and manipulate them into other styles in our basic blocks course/module 1.

Step 1

Trace back and front separate, then adjust length to 5cm above ankle.

On back side seam identify a point 5 to 7cm below armpit and connect it with center back at neckline. Then measure 10 to 12cm from side seam along this new line, mark a point and connect it to high shoulder point or to a point 2cm past it.

Repeat the same on front with matching measurements, keeping shoulder dart closed in a temporary way when drawing the lines.

Step 2

Now get front, and draw the other slash line:

  • pick a point at hemline 6 to 8cm from center and a point at waistline 10 to 13cm from center, connect them with a straight line
  • then, from waist point draw a line to previous slash line in direction to neckline, 2 to 4cm before it
  • lastly, redraw waist dart on the new slash line (mantain dart length and width as the original one). A whole lesson of our basic blocks course/module 1 is dedicated to all the techniques to manipulate darts.

Cut through all slash lines and close shoulder dart.

Step 3

Here is what you get:

  • center front
  • side front panel
  • front raglan section.

All pieces have the original grainline (perpendicular to hemline and waistline).

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