Basic Wrap Dress Pattern Making Tutorial

This week, @nor.barnacle asked us if we could demonstrate how to draft a simple wrap dress in Adobe Illustrator.
We loved the suggestion so here it is!

Follow our wrap dress pattern making tutorial and learn how to draft a basic wrap dress. Our pattern making tutorials are completely free. In this tutorial, we demonstrate how to turn a basic torso block into a wrap dress with a plunging v-neckline, waist shaping pleats, tie and a facing.

Drafting this block is a relatively simple process! We start by separating the torso into a bodice and a skirt, we then rotate the bodice shoulder dart closed, extend the centre front to create the wrap, redraw a plunging v-neck and draft the waist tie. Next, we extend the skirt, add the A-line kick and curve the hem. Finally, we join the front skirt and bodice, trace the facings, mark our notches and add seam allowance. We’ve also added a short demonstration on adding dart seam allowance at the end of this tutorial. It’s just over an hour, but cram-packed with useful pattern making techniques and tools.

You’ll need a digital basic torso block with waist shaping and sleeve to follow this tutorial. Check below the video to see your download options. Enjoy! 

Download the Basic Torso Block to Follow Along

You will need a hip-length basic torso block that features waist shaping and a mid-shoulder front dart to follow this tutorial and draft this basic wrap dress. We have two options for you to choose from!

Made-to-Measure Torso Block

Draft a basic Torso block to fit your unique measurements. Create a profile, add your measurements, design your block, then download it as an SVG ePattern (sleeve included).

Torso Block Pattern Pack

Purchase and download the Torso block pattern pack from our sister site DesignLab.london. The pack contains Ai, SVG and PDF patterns in Sizes UK4 -24 (sleeve included).

Adding seam allowance

Follow this simple and handy tutorial to learn how to add seam allowance to your finished pattern in Adobe Illustrator.

Multi-page PDF patterns

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

Learn how to use Adobe Illustrator as a digital pattern making platform

Learn the step-by-step basics of digital pattern making in Adobe Illustrator in our short crash course. It’s your first step to producing digital sewing patterns like a pro.

2 Comments

  1. Edita Kricenaite

    Really good lesson. Thank you very much!

    Reply
  2. Elizabeth

    Thank you, this is great lessons, a nice way of learning new ways and skills, of making patterns.

    Reply

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