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Deconstructing a Dress

dress cover

How many times have you spent looking for that perfect item to create?  And after much time searching, you finally find it and can’t wait to get started!  You sit down with your sewing machine, fabric, and cup of coffee and then you realize….you don’t have a pattern.  Perhaps you have something similar that you could adapt, but you just aren’t sure what the pieces should look like.

Don’t worry!  

It isn’t hard to figure out what pieces you will need to complete that most perfect ensemble!  Simply take some time to really analyze all areas of the dress and you will be surprised at how quickly all the pieces will jump out at you!

Not sure what I mean?  Just follow along to learn how I deconstruct a vintage dress!!

To start with, you need to find the dress or garment you would like to create.  I have chosen this 1930’s dress:

deconstructing a dress

Once your choice is made, it is time to take a long hard look at all areas of the dress from top to bottom.

Below is the same picture, but with notes on the major areas of construction, along with shapes and details:

dress deconstruction

Taking all of these notes, I then would mock up a pattern of all the pieces I would need to create the dress.  Just like this…

dress pattern

From here, you can then begin adding your own measurements to the patterns, and begin the fun process of completing your chosen garment!

Later on this month, I will show you how to take drawn-out patterns like this, and create full-size custom pieces based on your measurements!!

 

So don’t just let that most admired outfit remain on the page…let it come to life on you!!!

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