In this sewing tutorial I will show you how to easily make an off-shoulder dress pattern with sleeves. You can draft the pattern using your own measurements. A printable version of this article is available in my Etsy shop or in my site shop. The off-the-shoulder design is extremely popular and can be found not only in dresses but also in tops. It’s very versatile and trendy.
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Of course, you can buy an off-shoulder dress but why not make one from the fabric of your choice ( and it can be 100% silk!) especially if I will show you how you can draft a pattern very easily. Some of the dresses are quite expensive. For example, this Cynthia Rowley dress.
But you can sew the same dress yourself using this off-shoulder dress drafting tutorial. Let’s get started.The off the shoulder dress pattern is made from 2 parts: an off-shoulder top pattern and a flounce skirt pattern. The pattern is good for fluid stretchy knit fabric only. Seam allowances are included and they are about ¼ inch.
Off-shoulder top pattern
The front and back of the dress are the same so we are going to make only one pattern piece which is going to be good for the front and for the back.
I like to use tracing paper (also called vellum paper) for my patterns. Usually, I buy 30” – 36” wide rolls from Amazon, it is more economical. One roll like this lasts for two to three years for me.
Draw a vertical line and mark 5 points on this line.
AB is the distance from your neck to your waistline. Just measure it using a tape measure. If you want to know how to take body measurements for sewing check out my tutorial at this link. BC is 5 inches for all sizes.
A A1 is equal A A2 and it is 1.5 inches for all sizes. Line A1C is the center front and center back line. Cut the pattern ON FOLD.
Draw a perpendicular to the line A A1 in point A1 and mark point D. How to figure out the distance A1D? I forgot to mention that I use only these pencils – they are absolutely wonderful for pattern drafting: Paper Mate SharpWriter Mechanical Pencils
Measure your hips and divide that number by 4. Subtract 2 inches from that number.
A1D = hips/4 minus 2 inches.
Draw two more the same lines in point A and A2.
Draw a perpendicular line from point D and mark point D1 at the distance 6 inches for all sizes.
Continue the line and mark point D2 at the distance 3 inches for all sizes.
Draw a perpendicular line in point D2 and mark point E at the distance 2 inches.
Draw a perpendicular line in point E. Line EG is parallel to line A1C. Draw a perpendicular line in point C. Mark point G and F. GF is equal BC and it is 5 inches. Distance EG = A1C minus 9 inches.
Draw line D2E1 = 1 inch. The line divides the 90 degrees corner in half.
Connect points D1E1E with a curved line.
The pattern for the front and back of the dress is ready.
Rememeber that line A1C is the center front and center back line. It’s also a grainline. Cut the pattern ON FOLD.
See how easy it is to make this pattern for a nice and trendy off-shoulder dress. You don’t need to buy any pattern, and you can use your own measurements. But as you may notice this is not the whole pattern. You will need to draft a sleeve pattern for the dress also.
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If you would like to see how to make a pattern for the skirt of the dress go to my YouTube video at this link or see the video below. The instructions for the skirt start from 4.28.
I think you see how easy it is to make off-the-shoulder dress pattern drafting. You can use the pattern not only for this off-shoulder dress but for other dresses also (without the skirt for example).
If you want step-by-step instructions on how to cut and sew the off-shoulder dress check out my tutorial at this link.
You can also watch my YouTube video tutorial on how to make the off-the-shoulder dress pattern.
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Saturday 15th of May 2021
It’s absolutely beautiful and useful
Thank you for your effort and time it’s really helpful
Saturday 15th of May 2021
Thank you; and it is not really complicated either.
Saturday 6th of June 2020
Thank you for continuing your tutorials during these troubling times. I agree with you about "All Lives Matter". Stay safe.