Monday, May 12, 2014

Method of sewing night dress with round yoke -Style 2

Prepare the draft basic simple night dress and make the following changes.
( Figure 1)

Produce shoulder line J-H to R such that H-R = 1 ½ “. Widen the neck line as shown in the figure such that head passes through the neck. In this design there will be no neckline placket. P-Q is the new neck line.In this design front and back neck line is the same.  From the point R draw new yoke line R-S so that the width of the yoke is same all over.  Mark new armhole line H-F in between the back armhole line H-O-F and front arm hole line H-N-G. New armhole line cuts the yoke line R-S at the point T. In this design there will be no difference between front armhole line and back armhole line.

Cut and remove unwanted shaded portion .( Figure 2)

New draft will be like this.( Figure 3)

Separate yoke from the skirt by cutting along yoke line R- T-S.( Figure 4).Divide the skirt portion by drawing parallel lines U-V, W-X, Y-Z as shown .

 Cut the draft along these lines. (Figure 5) .

 Place the draft on another sheet of brown paper and spread the portions as shown in the figure 6 and Fix them with mask tapes. Join points T and D by a smooth curve.

 Cut along the lines T-F-I-M-B-E-D-This is the draft of the skirt.( Figure 7 )

Cut the pattern pieces using these drafts as shown in the layout.Do not forget to add ½” seem for skirt top and yoke bottom as shown by purple lines.

Pattern pieces ( Figure 9 )

Follow the method as explained here. 

Friday, May 2, 2014

Method of sewing night dress with round yoke-Style 1

Draft of night dress with round yoke can be prepared by making a few additions to the draft of basic simple night dress.

Take a folded sheet of paper and draw a parallel line X-Y, 6” away from the fold. Mark point A on the line X-Y. Prepare the draft of simple night dress as explained Here.
Produce the line F-G-D let it meet the fold of the paper at D’. 
Draw a line L”-D” parallel to and 2” away from the line L-D.
G is the midpoint of the armhole line of the back.
Join points G and D by a curved line as shown. This curve intersects the armhole curve of the front at the point M.
Cut the draft along the line D'-D”-L”-L-K-J-H-G-O-F-I-M-B-B’
Separate yoke from skirt by cutting along the curve G-M-D-D”D’.

Skirt portion has two layers. Separate them by cutting along the fold D-’B’
Keep the bottom layer aside .This is skirt back.

From the top layer F-N-M. The remaining portion is skirt front.

Yoke portion also has two layers. Fold and crease them together along the line L-D.
From the bottom layer cut along the crease and remove portion L-L”-D”-D.This is the yoke back.
From the top layer cut along G-M-H. This is the yoke front.The extension L=L”-D-”D is for neck line placket.


Place  the paper pattern pieces on the fabric as shown in the layout cut the different pattern pieces.Add half an inch  seem allowance as shown by dotted lines. 


Stitch the neck line plackets as explained  here.  Here we have added extra material so we need not attach separate strips for plackets.   Place facing of the right back yoke on the extension of  left back yoke and fix them with few stitches.

 Method of attaching piping to yoke

Prepare bias tape of width 1½” from a material of contrast colour. .Fold the bias tape in to half lengthwise. Tack folded bias tape to the right side of the back yoke, keeping raw edges of bias tape and bottom curve of the yoke together.
 Place facing of the placket of the front yoke above the extension and secure them with pins.Tack the bias tape to the front yoke as explained earlier.

In the same way you can attach frills to the yoke.
Run two rows of long stitches Gather the middle portion of the  skirt front and skirt back by pulling the one end of 2 threads  together, so that its width is equal to the width of the yoke.

Keeping right sides together stitch front skirt to front yoke to front skirt and back yoke to back skirt sandwiching piping in between. 

Join front portion to back by sewing along the shoulder lines.
Finish the neckline and armhole with piping as explained here.
Stitch sides and finish the hem . Stitch buttons. Night dress with round yoke is ready!


Sunday, April 27, 2014

Method of sewing simple basic night dress

 Bodice draft of simple kameez can be used to prepare the draft of night dress.Night dress is easy fitting garment.Hence extra ease is added to bust and hip measurements. Scye depth is increased by ½ ".If  the dress is stitched with  sleeves, width of the sleeve is also increased according to taste.Length of the dress is also depends upon the taste.
 I feel cotton material is  with dainty prints are suitable  for night dress.

Measurements needed

3.full length 

Method of preparing the draft


Draw the draft on a folded sheet of paper.
Mark point A on the fold.
From point A draw a perpendicular line to the fold. On this line mark C such that A-C =½ of Shoulder width + ¼”.
A-J = Neck width =1/12th chest + ¼” or to taste.
A-K =Back neck depth = 2” or to taste.
A-L =Front neck depth =A-K or to taste.
A-D =1/8 chest +3".
A-E =Waist length + ¼”
A-B = Full length + 1”
From points D, E and B draw perpendiculars to the fold A-B.
On the perpendicular line at D mark point F such that D-F =¼ chest+ 2”
On the line D-F mark G such that A-B =D-G. Join points C and G.
 On the line B-G mark point N such that G-N= 1”
On the same line mark point H such that C-H =¾".Join J-H.
On the perpendicular at B mark point J such that B-J =¼ chest + 10” or to taste. Join F-J.
Perpendicular line drawn from the point E meets the line F-J at point Y. E-I  is the waist line.
 On the line F-J mark point M such that M-J =¾” Join points B and M by a curved line as shown in the figure.
Mark point O such that N-O =¾”.

Method of marking point O

Through the point N draw a line P-Q parallel to D-F Bisect the angle ∟PNC. Z-N is the bisecting line. On this line mark point O.
Shape back neck J- K and Back scye H-O-F.
Shape front neck J-L and front scye H-N- F.
Cut the draft along the lines K-J-H-O-F-I-M-B.

Paper pattern oieces

Separate the two layers by cutting along the fold. Keep the bottom (which has no markings) layer aside. This is draft of the back.

Take the top layer and cut along the front neck line J-L and front scye H-N-F. This is the front of the draft. 


Place the paper draft on the fabric as shown in the layout and cut the pattern pieces

Pattern pieces

Cut an opening X-Y measuring 4”or to taste on the front pattern piece as shown in the above  figure.


Finish the neck opening as explained here.
Join front and back by sewing along the shoulder lines.
Stitch sides .
Finish armholes and neck with piping as explained here using bias strips of same material or contrast material.
Finish the hem .
Stitch a belt  using the remaining cloth If you want to tie at the waist line.
Stitch belt carrier bars at two sides at I and I" and at E  on the back and pass the belt.
Simple night dress is ready!


Saturday, March 22, 2014

Method of calculating other body measurements from chest measurements

Using chest measurements we can calculate other upper body measurements.This is for standard body measurements.But to get good measurement it is good to take measurement of each part.
Neck= ⅓ chest + 2½"
Waist =chest -5 to 7 "
Seat = Chest + 2 to 4"
Across chest  = ⅛ th chest + 2¼"
Half back =⅙ th chest + 1"
Half shoulder =⅙ th chest 1½ to 2"
Upper arm or biceps =  ¼ chest + 2 to 2½"
Scye depth =⅛ th chest +  2 to 2½"


Friday, March 7, 2014

V neck with flounce collar

Step 1 prepare front and back of bodice having V neck.

Figure 1
Step 2. Fold back the seam allowances of shoulder lines of front and back of the bodice and stick them together along the shoulder lines with cello tape as shown in the figure 2.

Figure 2

Step 3. Place a sheet of paper of paper under the neck portion as shown in the figure 3 and trace the neck line. ( shown by dotted line). Mark the shoulder line with a point or notch.

Figure 3

Draw the collar as shown in figure 4 adding seam allowance along   the three edges expect the neck line.
Figure 4
Cut and remove the collar piece( figure 5).

Figure 5
Divide the collar in to portions by lines as shown in the figure 6.

Figure 6
Cut along the lines till neck line and not through the neck line Figure 7.

Figure 7

Place this on another sheet of paper and spread the collar portions as shown in figure 8 and draw the outline. This is the draft of flounced V neck collar.
Figure 8

Prepare facing of the neck also. Mark shoulder point.


Cut collar piece and facing in duplicate.


Keeping right sides together stitch front and back of the bodice along the shoulder lines.
Sew the outer edge of the collar with Zig-Zag or rolled edge.
Keeping two layers of collar one above the other, right sides together stitch them together along center front line  and center back line .Open seams and press.
Keeping two layers of facing one above the other stitch along  center front line  and center back line. Open seams and press.

 Sandwich collar in between bodice and facing, matching center front, center back and shoulder notches and stitch all the three layers together 1/4" away from the neck edge and then run a line of machine stitch. Turn the facing inside and press and top stitch on the facing. Fold the loose end of the facing and hand sew to the garment with small stitches.V neck with flounce collar is ready.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Method of making pattern for "Low cowl neck line"

Prepare draft of front and back of bodice as in figure 1.
Make a few changes in the above draft to make a pattern of low cowl neck.


From bust point O draw a perpendicular line which meets the center front at F.
Mark point A on shoulder line such that E-A =1½”.
Join A-F.
Mark another point B between points E and A.
Join B- F by a curved line as shown in the (Figure 2).


 Mark A’ on the shoulder line such that E’-A’ = E-A +¼”
Q’-F’ = 1½”.
Join points A’ –F’ by a curved line as shown in the figure 2.

A’- F’ is the new back neck line. Cut along the line A’-F’ and discard the shaded portion (Figure 3). This is the draft of the back for low cowl neck.


Cut along the line F-B from F to till point B without cutting the shoulder line.
Cut along the line F-O till the point O and not through the point O. (Figure 4).

Take a folded sheet of paper and draw a parallel line X-Y 6” below the short edge as shown in
 figure 5.
Place the draft of the front on the folded sheet such that center front F” R’ is on the fold and point A is on the line X-Y. Spread the sections such that point F touches the touches the fold. Secure the positions with pins or mask tape. (Figure 5).

 Turn the folded sheet of paper back along the line X-Y. Draw the shape of the pattern all around as shown by dotted lines. Cut along the dotted lines (Figure 6).

Open the fold on the line X-Y. Draw the shape of facing and cut (Figure 7).

 Open the folds of the draft. This is the draft of the front of the low cowl neck pattern (Figure 8).


Stitching is same as that of mid-depth cowl.