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Prom Gown Sew Along 2017 – How to Design Your Own Dress

Hi Everyone… It’s Prom Season and I’m working on Abby’s Dress and doing a few “Random Acts of Kindness” Hem Jobs 🙂    This year the Prom Gown Sew Along is going to focus on how to design your own pattern.  I started with one of my bodice slopers  and created a princess seamed plunging V-Neckline.  Then I designed the skirt using the waistline shape of one of my flared skirt patterns and a long ruler to draft the rest.    I’m shooting video of my progress and I’ll be posting a new episode every few days (Yup, I’m going to Draft, sew, fit, shoot, edit and upload all at the same time 🙂  

The game plan for designing your own dress starts with deciding on the style of your dress and pick out pattern(s) to work with.  Abby fell in love with this trendy plunging v neckline style paired with a gathered fit and flare skirt.  I didn’t have a princess seam sloper to work with,  so I decided to start by showing you how to draft one from a bust dart.    In this episode I’ll show you how to rotate a bust dart to create a princess seam.  The Princess Seam Style is a Large Bust’s best friend.  It’s much easier to create a nicely fitted bodice compared to working with bust and waist darts.   

Once I had my princess seam bodice pattern, the next step was to create the Plunging V-Neckline… You can check out all the details in the second episode.  I’ll show you how to create the shape of the neckline edge, straps and armholes.  When you’re changing edges of the pattern it’s important to make sure they will still sew together properly.  I’ll show you how to make sure the front and back straps and side seams agree with each other in the end.

 After the seams and neckline are finished, it’s time to make a fit muslin  Coming up next… I’ll show you how to transfer fitting adjustments to your pattern pieces – Stay Tuned 🙂