Have you had a go at playing with a bodice pattern yourself?
If you have, please let us know. We'd love to see what you have come up with. Even if it is a project you have worked on a long time ago, inspire us! Leave us a link in the comments section or email us via our Contact Us Page. We would love to do a round up of other peoples work during this series.
This week we will be looking at the A-Line dress, hoping to inspire you to cut up your pattern, play with it, reconstruct it and sew something truly unique.
So, let's begin by taking a look at some dresses that use an A-Line pattern as a starting point.
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So, let me tell you a little secret... The bodice from last week was just our A-Line dress pattern shortened. So you could do the reverse - just lengthen out your bodice pieces and widen it out a little over the hips. Dig around your patterns - even if you have only done a little bit of sewing, you'll probably find the pattern you'll need. If you can't find one at home every major pattern brand will have a child's A-line dress in its collection. Or, find an A-line dress in your child's wardrobe and trace off a pattern.
Here is what it should look like:
Any of the techniques we showed you last week would work well on a dress. So you already know how to make ruffled sleeves, use bias tape and make a front button placket...
And you can make a contrasting facing and draft up some sleeves.
Do you want to learn something new?
Caroline and I will both have tutorials this week with more inspiration for the A-line dress.
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