I’m trying to draft a pattern from my favorite (store-bought) dress, so I can recreate it again and again.
The dress has a fitted circular yoke that goes around the front and back. The lower front bodice is gathered where it attaches to the front yoke (please see attached sketch… there’s only one image, just in two different picture formats). The pattern piece I am trying to recreate is in pink.
Other than the gathers, there are no darts or other shaping outside of the seams, and the dress is very fitted, with a smooth, fitted waist.
Do you have any suggestions on how I can re-create this lower front bodice piece into a flat pattern piece? So far, I laid the dress out as flat as I could and used pins to poke through and transfer the outline to pattern paper. However, this does not account for the fabric gathered into the yoke. How do I “spread” the already flat pattern out to make room for the extra ease incorporated into the gathers if there’s no where else on the flat pattern piece to “take” the ease from?
I’m an intermediate sewer who primarily makes clothes. I’ve been using Threads’ recent “cloning” article, Adele Margolis’ “Make Your Own Dress Patterns,” and David Coffin’s “Shirtmaking” as resources. Ms. Margolis deals directly with ease, and I’ve read all of her information, but I can’t seem to figure this one out!
Thank you in advance for any help or suggestions you can give me!