Last week I received an email from CarmencitaB regarding a slightly tricky pattern she has been puzzling with for a little while. So I love a challenge and the results are in this post.
Firstly some picture references (from CarmencitaB) for the direction we are going in:
The style is a waisted shirt-dress with an interesting wrap detail at the waistline. It is the wrap detail that requires our time and attention.
After reading Carmencita's post the first thing I noticed was that the pattern had no bust darts. A quick production sketch often helps me work my way through the detail of the design.
So I decided to start with my fitted dress block and see how much wrap I could get out of the darts. By that I mean closing the bust and waist dart into the front style/fold line on the pattern.
For the waist drape to fold and tie, while still being able to button through as you would expect on a shirt dress, the fold has to be much deeper than the amount supplied by the two darts.
A few rough calculations and a guess or two later and I think I need at least 22cm in width of waist wrap to make this style work. So I slashed the bodice along the middle of the dart straight through to the armhole to gain this extra fabric.
Then to tape some paper in place to fill-in the extra fabric for the waist wrap.
To get the correct shape on the outside edge of this particular pattern piece It has to be folded in two stages. First fold the extra fold/fabric closed to the armhole.
Then secondly fold the dart allowance closed to the bust point only.
Trim away the paper on the waist line while all the dart and extra fabric area is closed.
Now you can see the unusual shape created by this fold on the outside edge of the pattern at the waist.
In the picture below I have shaded the wrap fold areas to distinguish the dart allowance from the extra fabric added. We will need this information when we finalise the pattern and have to achieve the correct wrap matching the folds and the outside edge of the pattern.
Here I have made a clean copy of the pattern, including the shading and labelled that unusual shape at the waist to make it a little clearer.
Now you can see the stitching line (outside edge) of the pattern ( no seam allowances have been added at this stage). Please note the two most important notches where the wrap comes out of the waist and crosses over the front strap buttoned opening. The lower edge of the wrap is bagged out when you insert the 5cm strap.
Of course this photo tutorial only deals with the front bodice pattern and not the rest of the shirt dress pattern. However if there is enough interest (comments, shares, etc) I am happy to attempt to demonstrate the rest of the drafting required to finish this pattern. Just let me know. :))
Please ask questions, I'm sure I haven't got all the detail right yet!
So Carmencita, I hope this post is useful, let me know if you have any questions, and we all are looking forward to seeing the results!
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