Adobe Illustrator draft of a two-piece dress pattern making project.

How to: Draft a Two-piece Dress Pattern

A Pattern Making Project in Adobe Illustrator

A two-piece dress pattern is as a versatile staple for any wardrobe, offering a foundation for countless other patterns and styles. It’s an essential pattern making project, ideal for keeping at hand for inspired moments.

This two-piece pattern making tutorial will guide you through the steps of combining a Bodice basic block with a Skirt basic block, transforming them into a singular, sleek two-piece dress pattern within Adobe Illustrator. You’ll learn to align and reshape waist shaping darts, ensuring the bodice and skirt darts match up. Once they’re aligned, the next step involves redrawing the waistline before separating the bodice basic block and skirt basic block once more, to form the finsihed two piece dress patten.

This pattern making project, although straightforward, features plenty of fundamental pattern making techniques in Adobe Illustrator. It’s perfect for honing your skills and experimenting with basic pattern making. By the end of this tutorial, you’ll be equipped with a two-piece dress pattern that can be used for a variety of diferent future projects!

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What You’ll Need to Follow Along

Before we start, you’ll need to download a bodice basic block and a skirt basic block to follow along with this pattern making project. Check out our sister website DesignLab.London. We stock a selection of bodice and skirt basic blocks in a range of sizes. All of which will act as a perfect foundation or base pattern for this pattern project. Browse the collection, pick your style, size, and then download it to follow along.

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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  1. Glenda Salazar

    this site is new to me. however i have been trying to do patterns in Illustrator for a while now. i appreciate you tutorial very much. thanks a million!

    • Ralph Pink

      Thanks for your comment, Glenda. Glad we could help!


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