Adobe Illustrator screen with an A-line dress pattern making tutorial.

Designing Your A-Line Dress with Illustrator

Learn how to draft a classic A-line dress pattern in Adobe Illustrator with our pattern making project. The A-line dress style is beloved for its simple, yet flattering silhouette, and with Adobe Illustrator, drafting th pattern is simple. Therefore, the A-line dress pattern making project is perfect for those just starting out in pattern making.

Not only is it smple, the A-line dress is a versatile staple in pattern making. Its flare from the shoulders down makes it suitable for a variety of body types, and it serves as an excellent base for countless different design variations. Whether you’re aiming for a vintage look with a lantern sleeve and a Peter Pan collar or a sleek, modern design with minimalist features, the A-line dress can adapt beautifully. It simply depends what design element you add to it.

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Essentials for Following Along

Before we dive in, you’ll need a dress basic block to keep up with this pattern-making project. We offer two types of dress basic blocks for your selection. Standardised basic blocks are ready for immediate use, allowing you to start drafting right away, though they might not match your measurements perfectly. On the other hand, a bespoke basic block, tailored to your specific measurements, offers a precise fit but requires time to create, as we’ll need 28 of your body measurements. Choose the one that best suits your needs!

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Standardized Basic Block

Start pattern making immediately

Visit our partner site, DesignLab.London, for a variety of dress basic blocks available in multiple sizes. These serve as an ideal starting point or base pattern for your pattern-making project. Explore the collection, select your preferred style and size, and download it to proceed with your project.

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Bespoke Basic Blocks

Craft a personalised basic block designed for your unique measurements

Looking for a tailor-made dress basic block for this project? You’re in the right place. Construct your personalised basic block in the Lab by providing your measurements. Simply create a profile, input your measurements, and utilise this profile to design a range of basic block styles. You’ll need the dress basic block for this project.

What's Next?

You're not done there though! If you want to share it online or print it off at home, you'll need to add seam allowance and transform it into a PDF sewing pattern. Check out the projects below to find out how.

Screenshot of Adobe Illustrator showing the 'Offset Path' function being used to add seam allowance to a basic block of a halter-neck swimsuit pattern.

Learn How to Add Seam Allowance to Your Patterns

Learn how to add seam allowance, to your basic blocks and finished patterns, in Adobe Illustrator, using our simple pattern making tutorial.

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Master Pattern Making Techniques in Adobe Illustrator

Transform Basic Blocks into Precision Finished Patterns

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Screenshot of a dress basic block layout in Adobe Illustrator, showcasing the process to create PDF sewing patterns.

Learn How to Create PDF Sewing Patterns

Transform your finished patterns into multi-page PDF sewing patterns in a range of paper sizes. Then save, print from home, or share and sell your PDF sewing patterns online.


  1. Sonakshi

    Such a great indepth tutorial. Every step has been explained very clearly, making it easy to follow along even if you’re a beginner at Adobe Illustrator. I learnt a great deal from just one tutorial, looking forward to learning more from

  2. paula Martin

    very confusing and very fast instructions, difficult for beginners to keep up!

  3. Sara

    Wonderful tutorial, thank you. Why aren’t the dart guides removed from the final artwork? The calico dress doesn’t look like it has darts. Thanks!

  4. Jungyoon Leah Kim

    thank you this is great!!!! im hoping to modify this dress , to make it into a fashionable uniform for our acupuncture office!!!


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