with Lynn Strobel
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Patternmaking Classics: The Wrap Dress

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Unlock the power of your bodice and sleeve slopers! Complete a patternmaking project from start to finish alongside fashion industry insider Lynn Strobel! You'll learn about the patternmaking process, drafting order and how to put all the pieces together for a custom wrap dress pattern. Start by reviewing essential dart manipulation techniques, then move on to drafting! Learn to draft an asymmetrical bodice front, lower a neckline, create a curved princess line and compensate for stretch in bias seams. Create pencil, A-line and circle skirt patterns with facings and interfacings for comfort and sophisticated structure. Choose from a plain short sleeve, a puffed cap sleeve, a flowing butterfly sleeve, a rolled cuff or a sleeveless variation. Complete each piece with the right facing for the job, and draft a one-piece convertible collar or a sassy ruffled collar. Then, finish your custom pattern with Lynn's step-by-step guidance. Learn how to make a dress pattern from beginning to end!


  • advanced
  • 7 episodes
  • 2h52m

Included in this Class

1. Getting Started

1. Getting Started

Meet your instructor, designer and professional instructor Lynn Strobel, as she previews all of the essential patternmaking techniques you'll learn in this class. See how you can create nearly endless design options from the same sloper or block as Lynn shows you how to pair your fabric choice with your wrap dress design. Then, review two common ways of manipulating darts as Lynn reviews both pivoting and slashing.

2. Drafting the Bodice

2. Drafting the Bodice

Delve into modern patternmaking details with an asymmetrical front, a lower neckline and a curved princess line. Discover how the rule of thirds translates into garment design and how to compensate for the stretch of seams sewn on the bias. Learn how to cut and mark the front pieces of your bodice, no matter the design. Finally, discover the small but critical adjustments you need to make when drafting the back bodice for the perfect fit over shoulders and throughout the back waist.

3. Drafting the Skirt

3. Drafting the Skirt

Create three different wrap skirts from your sloper as Lynn shows you how to draft a pencil skirt, an A-line skirt and a circle skirt. First, see where to cut your pattern to create a princess line that matches with the wrap of the top. Then, learn how to draft an A-line skirt, opening up the darts and adding a curved hem. Discover the simple calculations needed for a circle skirt pattern as Lynn offers professional construction and sewing tips throughout the lesson. Finally, add facings and interfacings to the inside of your wrap skirt and waist.