|Striped Maxi Dress|
Next I drew a line with my ruler from the armpit to the middle of the neckline. Then because I wanted a wider neck I lowered one side. It still has a curve it’s just a lot more gradual. This was the final pattern I used for my front.
***At this point you will want to cut out your front and use it as a guide to draw your other pieces.***
I’m going to continue to draw on top of the same pattern but you’ll want to trace the front bodice several times and cut new pattern pieces.
Add an inch to the fold of the front piece to get your back. Don’t cut this piece on a fold.
For the sleeves, I measured 3 inches down from the neckline at several spots and left a dot. Then I connected the dots to get a 3 inch curved band.
When it is cut it will look like this. If you cut it to the length of the front piece it will work for the flat sleeve. If you make it the length of the back piece it will work for a pleated sleeve.
You will have 3 pieces when you are done. A front, a back and a sleeve (flat or pleated).
1 front on the fold
4 sleeves on fold
To put the bodice together:
Sew the front to the back pieces together at the sides and finish your edges. Then finish the edges of the arm holes, but not the neckline.
Sew the sleeves right-sides together on the outside seam. Turn right side out and press. Finish the edges on the ends. If you have a pleated sleeve, add pleat and baste the inside seam.
Next I folded over the arm holes and 1/4 in and ironed. Then I pinned my sleeves into place lining up the neckline.
Then I top stitched down from the neckline around the armholes and back up to the neckline. Your stitch should hold down your fold and secure your sleeve in place.
Next I added biased tape around the neckline.
All that is left to do is attach a gathered bottom, sew up the back and add buttons.
Let me know if you have any questions.