The final day of knock-offs is here, and I couldn't be happier than to have Justine from Sew Country Chick close up the series. I have been following her blog for about as long as I've been blogging myself, and I have learned a lot from her, as I'm sure you have (or will), too. I have such admiration for her pattern drafting skills and her design aesthetic is so classic and chic. Make sure to head over and check out her new blog design! Thank you so much for being here today, Justine, and sharing yet another beautiful outfit.
Hello Elegance & Elephants readers! I'm Justine from the blog Sew Country Chick and my today I'm knocking off a dress by Anthem Of The Ants, a brand I recently stumbled across and love.
The pleats were necessary because I made the dress too big at first, took it apart and then was too tired after fixing the whole bodice to take off the pockets and make the skirt smaller. Picking seams out of double knit is a thankless task! Read on to see how I manipulated one pattern to create this look.
I started with my basic top pattern I drafted.
I traced it to create my new dress pattern. I left it as is for the top.
To create an A line shape, cut the pattern up until the shoulder, open it and patch the back with paper scraps. You can do this with skirts, tops, or any pattern you want some flare to.
I extended the center front to be wide enough for two rows of large buttons. About 3.5 inches.
All in one facings look nice on sleeveless dresses and are easy to draft.
When sewing buttonholes, make sure you have some interfacing either inside the facing or just ironed onto the buttonhole areas when working on knits , so you don't get ugly puckering.
I used the same pattern slashing method to make the bell sleeve pattern.
I hope you found my patternmaking tips helpful !
Thanks for having me Heidi!
Heidi is such a talented kids clothing maker, don't you think?
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