drafting an a-line dress digital pattern making in adobe illustrator

Draft an A-Line Dress Pattern in Adobe Illustrator

In this tutorial, I’m demonstrating how to create an A-line dress pattern using our digital Knee-Length Basic Dress Block. I show you how to create a custom length, create princess darts, separate the block into four panels, add the A-line flare, add a circular hem and finally demonstrate how to add some beautiful curved lines to create a smooth fit over the body. If you’re new to digital pattern making, in Adobe illustrator, then I recommend watching our FREE Digital Pattern Making Course. It’ll give you all the tools and knowledge you need to follow this tutorial.

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

Download the Basic Knee-Length Dress Block to Follow Along

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

Made-to-Measure Dress Block

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

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Torso Block Pattern Pack

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

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.

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. 

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