How to draft your own asymmetrical hem dress pattern This Blog Is Not For You, Thats where the pattern hack comes in handy. You can just pick whatever dress pattern you like and change the dress skirt pattern into an asymmetrical one. You can also start drafting one from scratch and combining it with your favorite bodice pattern.
A lot of people are afraid of drafting patterns. Yes, its not too much fun in the beginning. But seriously, no one expects you to become a Lagerfeld, Marc Jacobs or Michael Kors overnight.
This is a draft of an asymmetrical hem that just about the same as the one of my waterfall dress. As shown in the picture below, the hem is straight in the centre front, sloped down at the sides and is quite straight again in the back.
What you need to do is either shorten your pattern in the front or lengthen it in the back. Since I made the hem shorter anyway, I made the changes in the front. To get a more softer edge instead of a very triangular shape, you cant just draw an asymmetrical staight line. The slightly sshaped curve creates a smooth transition between front and back. You also see the line sloping down more steeply only after it reaches the middle of the front pattern piece. There are only small changes to the back pattern, to make the changes look less abrupt and to avoid having it look like you combined two different pattern pieces.
I very much love this look, because it looks quite romantic. Here the shape in the front is almost like the one in the first look, but the back is much longer and the transition from front to back is very smooth and its much more asymmetrical.
To get this look you have to shorten the front and lenghten the back quite a bit. If it or more. Give the line a smooth curved shape in the centre front and back to avoid awkward triangular edges.
This is my favorite look and Is such an awesome femine look. Here, the front is straight almost until it reaches the side seams and then steeply slopes down to that long flowing train.
To get a beautifully flowing skirt, you need not only to lengthen but also to widen the pattern. You could also just use a gatheredskirt pattern, if you dont feel confident enough to make the changes yourself. If you have one that fits you well, use it and simply make the changes described above.
When you do not widen the hem of the pattern, the hem will probably end up looking like the one in the picture below. Its also nice, but less romantic and flowing and probably more suitable for sporty and casual looks.
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I love this! I am pinning this for the future. The whole month of May we are going to be doing a Making for Mom series and I can see this tutorial is going to be used for a number of those projects. Thanks for the help! And even though this blog is not for us we are going to be following you to see what awesome thing you come up with next.
Great post! I love this style of dress. Thanks so much for sharing. Ive been wanting to find something from the thrift shop to refashion into this style. Maybe in a future post!
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