Instructor discusses drafting an A-line dress pattern in Adobe Illustrator.

How to Draft an A-line Dress Basic Block

Pattern Making in Adobe Illustrator Project

Embarking on the journey of pattern making in Adobe Illustrator can be a transformational experience, especially when you’re creating something as timeless as an A-line dress. Our tutorial is designed to guide you through the process of morphing a knee-length dress basic block into an elegant A-line dress pattern. With easy-to-follow steps, we’ll show you how to personalise the length, incorporate princess darts, and divide your dress basic block into four distinct pattern pieces.

Adding Flair to Your A-Line

An A-line dress is not just about its classic shape; it’s also about the flair and flow. We’ll help you add that signature A-line flare with a circular hem that dances around the knees. Moreover, our tutorial will assist you in crafting beautiful, curved lines that ensure a smooth fit over the body—tailoring your dress to look as good as it feels.

Part One of a Comprehensive Guide

This tutorial is just the beginning. In our next Pattern Making Project, we’ll delve into how you can modify the A-line dress basic block to different lengths. Whether you’re looking to create a chic mini or an elegant maxi, our guide will have all the answers.

Join us in this creative endeavor as we explore the robust tools Adobe Illustrator offers, and transform a simple dress basic block into a stunning A-line dress pattern that’s ready to be brought to life.

New to pattern making in Adobe Illustrator? Learn the fundamental pattern making techniques with our comprehensive online course. Read more…

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.

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