square neck stretch dress pattern making tutorial patternlab

Square Neck Stretch Dress & Side Split
Pattern Making Tutorial

To celebrate the launch of our basic stretch dress block, we’ve just launched our first pattern making tutorial in a quite a long time! This time we had the pleasure of teaming up with Ayuk 2020 (Tanja). She’s a fabulous pattern maker who I’ve had the pleasure of working with on numerous occasions.

We asked her to come up with a bodycon style that would make full use of our latest made-to-measure basic block, the stretch dress! She added a gorgeous square neckline, side split and a playful pleated cap sleeve. This post demonstrates the first part of that tutorial, adding the square neck and side split. We’ll be releasing the cap sleeve tutorial shortly, but in the meantime, feel free to get to grips with this free pattern making tutorial.

If you want to find out more about Tanja and Ayuk 2020 then please visit her PatternLab profile page. There you will find links to all of her social channels. Enjoy!

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 Stretch Dress Block to Follow Along

You will need a knee-length basic stretch dress block to follow this tutorial and draft this square neckline with side-split style. We have two options for you to choose from!

square neck stretch dress pattern making tutorial patternlab

Made-to-Measure
Basic Stretch Dress Block

Draft a basic Stretch 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).

square neck stretch dress pattern making tutorial patternlab

Stretch Dress Basic Block Pattern Pack
(35% stretch)

Purchase and download the basic Stretch 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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