Two-Piece Dress Pattern Making Tutorial

The two-piece dress sewing pattern is a great starting point for a range of designs. It’s sleek, elegant and highlights the lines of the female body. The fit is tailored to skim close to the body whilst still providing comfort for movement. Ideally, this dress sewing pattern works best for standard sizes and proportionate body shapes. For thick body-contouring materials such as Ponte, experiment by reducing the ease % on bust and waist.

In this tutorial, you will learn how to transform both the Bodice and Basic Skirt block into this dress sewing pattern using Adobe Illustrator as a digital pattern making platform. You can also adapt your paper patterns manually by using the same techniques as the process is very similar.

Basic Block/ Sloper Elements

You will need two basic blocks to draft this dress and follow along with this tutorial. A basic bodice block with “Classic” or “Double” front dart and a basic skirt block with a “Single” darts on the front and back. You must also make sure both basic blocks featutre the same custom ease at the waist.

To save time, click the buttons below. We’ll create each basic block (in the Lab) that already have the required elements and ease. Click the bodice block button first, then select which profile you wish to draft for and add it to your cart. Return to this page, click the basic skirt button, select the same profile and once again add it to your cart. Don’t forget to purchase your block as an ePattern and not a PDF! PDF patterns can’t be edited, they can only be printed on paper. ePatterns ar fully editable digital basic blocks. Make your payment, download each block and start adapting your blocks! 


Draft or Download a Digital Basic Block

Follow along with our tutorials and learn digital pattern making in Adobe Illustrator CC. Purchase and download one of our editable digital basic blocks. We have a few options for you to choose from...

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. 


  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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