Drafting The A Line Skirt
From Design It Yourself Clothes. Pages 60-65
I drafted my front pattern piece first.
I cut a piece of paper about 8 to 10 inches wider than half of my hipline measurement. I also made the paper a few inches higher than my desired length.
Then I folded it in half.
The pattern is always drafted on a folded half, a quarter pattern.
Your lines will be drawn in a quarter of the measurements of your actual measurements.
I used my low waist for my waistline. The low waist is around the belly button.
My low waist is unfortunately a lot wider than my high waist!
I measured down to the widest part of my hip from there.
That will be the distance you will draw between your hip and waist line.
I drew 1/4 of the measurements of my low waist, hip, and the sweep line on my hem.
I made my sweep line 2 inches wider than the hipline measurement creating a slight a line.
I added 1/4 inch like the book recommends to all of my drawn lines to add some ease.
The ease will total 1 inch throughout the skirt.
I added the 1 inch wide by 3 inch long dart at the midline in the waist. Because I made a 1/2 inch dart, I had to add 1/2 inch to the side seam to make up that difference. I measured up 1/2 inch also to create the new waistline and side seam edge.
I used my waist curve ruler to draw the new side seam.
Since I lifted my waist 1/2 inch I needed to raise my hem 1/2 inch.
I used my curved ruler to blend the new line.
You can just draw this by hand if you don't have a ruler.
I drew 5/8 inch seamlines and a 1 inch hem.
I traced my front pattern piece to another piece of folded paper.
I made the dart 2 inches longer and 1/4 inch wider as explained in the book. The longer and wider dart is for your butt!
Next up Friday, I will be sewing up my muslin, adjusting the fit and then perfecting my pattern.
I can already tell that my side pattern lines look a little odd on my waist. It looks sort of weird from here. Maybe that ruler isn't so good after all, or I just don't know how to use it properly.
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