S0003 – Two-piece bodycon style

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.

Sample made using a medium weight cotton linen. 



Bodice Block:
Waist shaping: Yes;
Custom Fit: Bust ease: 6.81% of bust, Waist ease: 4.% of Waist;
Front: No seam, Classic, Double or Princess
Back: Seam, Any dart iteration;
Purchase: ePattern purchase;

Basic Skirt Block
Waist shaping: Yes;
Custom Fit: Waist ease: 4% of Waist (same as bodice), Hip ease: 4% of Hip;
Length: Any (Sample – knee length)
Front: No seam, Single dart
Back: Seam, Single dart
Waistband: No waistband
Purchase: ePattern purchase;


Two-piece Bodycon style tutorial

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.

Tutorial overview

1. Selecting, designing and drafting the correct blocks used to create the two-piece dress sewing pattern.

2. Opening your purchased ePattern basic blocks in Adobe Illustrator and pasting them both on to the Cutting Table.

3. Basic overview of how to use Adobe illustrator for pattern cutting.

4. Reshaping the darts on the skirt block to mirror and match the bodice block. Creating a seamless transition from top to bottom of the finished pattern.

5. Adding a single vent to the front skirt block.

6. Adding a simple custom neckline to the front and back bodice blocks.

7. Adding a facing to your finished two-piece dress block.

8. Adding notches to the front and back two-piece dress block, making it easier to match the facing panels when sewing.

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.


  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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