Adobe Illustrator display of skater dress pattern pieces for full and semi-circle skirts.

How to Draft a Stretch Skater Dress Pattern (Stretch Full-Circle Dress)

Skater Dress Pattern Making Project in Adobe Illustrator

Welcome to our Skater Dress Pattern Making Project! If you’re eager to craft a stunning full-circle stretch dress, this Adobe Illustrator tutorial is your starting block. In this engaging project, we’ll guide you through the steps to transform a basic stretch dress block into a fabulous skater dress pattern, complete with the flow and flair that defines this style.

Beginning Steps: First off, we’ll walk you through setting up your stretch dress basic block with sleeves in Adobe Illustrator. This fundamental pattern will serve as the canvas for your skater dress creation.

Pattern Customization: One of the joys of pattern making is the ability to customise, and that’s exactly what we’ll do. Whether you’re in the mood for a playful thigh-length, an elegant full-length, or a trendy midi-length, we’ll show you how to adjust the length of your skater dress skirt to your preference.

Skill Expansion: This pattern making project is tailor-made for beginners with little or no experience. You’ll learn basic yet powerful pattern making techniques that will broaden your skill set in Adobe Illustrator. We aim to make the process as simple and enjoyable as possible, providing you with skills that you can apply to future pattern making projects.

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Essentials for Following Along

Before we dive in, you’ll need a stretch dress basic block to keep up with this pattern-making project. We offer two types of stretch 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!

Standardised stretch dress basic block patterns for a skater dress displayed in Adobe Illustrator.

Standardized Basic Block

Start pattern making immediately

Visit our partner site, DesignLab.London, for a variety of stretch 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.

Bespoke stretch dress basic block patterns for a skater dress displayed in Adobe Illustrator.

Bespoke Basic Blocks

Craft a personalised basic block designed for your unique measurements

Looking for a tailor-made stretch 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 stretch 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.

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