For today's post, I'm going to go through the drafting of the dress I made for the January Challenge.
Not the best photos in the world, I'm afraid. Winter lighting. What can I say?
The dress is a long sleeve, knee length dress with a slight flare to the skirt, and a shoulder princess line. I talked about armhole princess lines before, and my yellow dress is really very similar to this style, although it was made in a woven fabric, and here I am using a knit.
The instructions for this drafting is based on my knit dress block, however this procedure would work in exactly the same way for a woven fabric, just based on a woven block. I am not including instructions for sleeves, as the sleeves are just a regular long sleeve. Obviously, you could put any sleeve style on there.
Starting with a knit dress, which has darts in the front and back. I have full instructions for creating this block, although it is a step by step process. See copying a t-shirt, Tank top with darts, tank dress, and tank dress front darts for further information on that. I can see it's time to streamline a few of these tutorials! But any knit block or basic knit dress which fits well will do.
I started with my block. Shown here front left, back right. It already includes seam allowances on the sides / shoulders. Also marked are bustline and bust point, under bust and waist line, and darts.
I flared the skirt about 3cm (1 3/6") on each side of the skirt, from the hip line. Note that the flare is not added to the centre front and back, as they are placed on the fold. The hemline is curved slightly.
From here I created a split to make a facing.
Since the neckline facing will be made of 2 pieces, it's important to consider the treatment of the back neck. You could bind it, or you might consider an additional facing to create a smooth join.