S0001 – Skater Style

The Skater dress pattern is a classic style that never seems to go out of fashion and is a favourite wardrobe staple. Luckily, the skater dress pattern takes very little time to draft, making it a great starting block if you are new to pattern making from basic blocks. Once you have created the skater dress pattern, you can adjust the length, change the neckline and even add a different sleeve. This allows you to quickly create hundreds of different designs from the one block.



Bodice Block:
Waist shaping: Yes;
Custom Fit: Bust ease: 6.81% of bust, Waist ease: 4.1% of waist;
Front: No seam, Classic;
Back: No seam, Mid shoulder;
Purchase: ePattern purchase;

Full-circle skirt block:
Fit: Custom, waist ease: 4.1% of waist (must match bodice);
Length: knee (optional);
Waistband: No waistband;
Purchase: ePattern purchase;


Skater style pattern making tutorial

This tutorial will show you how to draft a skater dress pattern that accurately fits your measurements by selecting the correct design elements and adding the correct ease within the Lab. Once you have your basic blocks, we’ll show you how to adjust your pattern to create your accurately fitting skater dress pattern. You can then watch our other tutorials to add other design elements such as sleeves and necklines to create an endless collection of skater dresses.

Tutorial overview

1. Selecting, designing and drafting the correct blocks used to create the skater dress pattern.

2. Opening the purchased ePattern basic blocks in Adobe illustrator.

3. Copy and pasting the basic bodice and full-circle skirt blocks onto the Cutting Table.

4. Basic overview of how to use Adobe illustrator for pattern making.

5. Rotating the front and back bodice darts to create a different design.

6. Cutting the front and back bodice block to create a new scoop neckline.

7. Creating a facing for the new bodice neckline and armholes.

8. Adding notches to your block to match up pattern pieces.

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.


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