How to Make a Gingham Dress from scratch DIY (Part 1) || SHANiA DIY

How to Make a Gingham Dress from scratch DIY (Part 1) || SHANiA DIY


hey there thank you for tuning in if
you’re new to this channel my name is Shania and on this channel you’ll find
loads of DIY tutorials some of the tutorials are of things that I made from
scratch and others of the tutorials aren’t things that I took and I just
refashion them so in this tutorial I will be showing you the first part of
how to create a gingham dress for yourself so in this part one I’m gonna
be breaking down how to actually make the pattern for the dress and then in
the second part I’m going to be showing you how to actually transfer the pattern
to the fabric and sew the actual pattern in this tutorial I’m actually starting
with the pattern that I made in this video here about how to create your own
custom bodice block the first thing we want to do is you want to decide how
long do you want your dress to be so you’re going to start at your hip and
you’re going to measure the distance between your hip and the new hemline of
your dress you’re going to record this measurement and you’re going to transfer
this measurement to your pattern block so for example if you decide that
starting from your hip you want your dress to be 10 inches longer you’re
gonna go to your pattern block and from the hip line near the center fold line
you’re going to measure and mark 10 inches from the seam you’re also going
to measure 10 inches down and make a mark so when you connect those two marks
you’ll create a horizontal line which will be the bottom of your dress then
essentially you want to connect this horizontal line to the hip line so
you’re basically basically gonna draw a vertical line from
each end of the hip line that connects all the way down to that new hemline so
you’re gonna repeat these same steps for the back pattern of your dress
you’re gonna go to where the hip is and you’re just going to round it out using
a curved ruler and the reason why is because we don’t want our dress to be
pointy at the side we want it to smoothly fit our curve naturally so I
like the back of my dress to be a little bit longer just to accommodate for my
booty no but seriously though I like the back of my dress to be a bit longer just
so that I feel more comfortable so what I did was I added an extra half inch to
the bottom of my hemline and from that extra half inch I drew a curved line to
connect from the center fold line to the side seam of the back pattern of the
dress now this is optional you don’t have to do this this is what your
pattern should look like for your dress the next thing that we want to do is we
want to go to our shoulder line and we’re going to find the midpoint so in
my case my shoulder line is 4 so the midpoint would be 2 inches and I’m going
to draw a vertical line that connects this midpoint to my bust point like so the next thing you want to do is you
want to measure your bust radius to find the bus radius you basically just
want to measure the distance from your nipple to where the underwire of your
bra is now if your bra doesn’t have underwire then it’s basically the end of
your bra starting from your bust point you now want to use your bust point as a
sort of anchor to create your bus radius circle to create your bus radius circle
you’re going to start from the bus point and you’re going to take your measuring
tape and you’re going to mark off your bust radius so in my case four inches so
I’m going to pivot my measuring tape bit-by-bit
in the shape of a circle marking off four inches each pivot that I make from
the bust point as my starting point connect the dots and you’ll form your
bust radius circle like so we want to contour the pattern and the purpose of
contouring the pattern is so that the final garment is sculpted to your
breasts so instead of it going flat over your breasts
it actually would hug your breasts like this start at the point where your bust
circle your bust radius intersects with that mid shoulder line from this
intersection point you’re going to measure one inch on the left side and
the right side of that intersection and you’re going to make a mark it’s easier
to use a measuring tape because a measuring tape is a bit more flexible go
to the bottom of your bust radius circle where the dart legs intersect with the
circle now this right here is the dart legs this is what I mean when I say the
dart legs so from this intersection you’re going to measure a half-inch and
make a mark on both sides of the dart legs like so you’re going to connect
each of those four marks that you just made to the bust point
so the two points at the top of the bust radius circle will be connected in the
shape of a V to the bust point and then the two points at the bottom of the bust
radius circle will be connected to the bust point so starting from the bottom of
your X so this is what I mean when I say the X you’re going to draw a line
that connects to where the dart leg intersects with the waist line so you
will do this on both sides of the dart line round out the X along the part
where the bus point is and the reason why we’re doing this is because this
will be where your breast is draw a horizontal line that connects from the
center front line to the left side of our X and you can decide if you want it
to be straight if you want it to be like diagonal to create a v-shaped neckline
whatever shape you want to use is up to you you’re going to repeat the same step
on the other side of the egg so on the right side of the X down to the side
seam of the pattern so I ended up adding another line above my original line just
to be on the same side cut out your pattern along the outer edge and then
after you cut out the outer edge you want to cut out the space in between the
dart so here’s a little guideline of where you should be cutting your front
pattern for your dress should look like this take out your newly made front
pattern and you want to place it on top of your back pattern block you wanna line up the lines the chest line and the of your front pattern to the chest line
and the bust line of your back pattern make a mark of where the side seam of
your front pattern block slopes down on top of the back pattern block then
starting from the mark that you just made you want to measure the distance
between the mark you just made and the end of your chest line so in my case my
distance that I got was a half inch so you’re going to go back to the center
fold of the pattern and starting from the chest line you’re gonna measure a
half inch down so it might not be a half inch for you and then you’re going to
draw a horizontal line to connect those two marks that you just made that
horizontal line will be the neck line for the back of your pattern it’s not
really a neckline but I can’t think of the exact terminology but you get what I
mean so because I want the back of my dress
to have a sort of gathered effect and I will be installing an elastic what I’m
going to do is I’m going to add an extra inch and a half to the side seam of the
back of my pattern along that new line that we made then I’m going to connect
the end of this line to the side seam where my waist line is and then you have
created your back pattern and now you just need to cut out along the new lines
and be careful when you’re cutting and remember to cut out the space inside of
the dart as well and when you’re finish you have your front pattern and your
back pattern now it’s time to transfer these patterns to the fabric so that we
can actually begin to start sewing our dress so you want to take your fabric
and you want to fold it in half and you want to make sure that once you’ve
folded it in half the wrong side is facing up place your patterns vertically
on your fabric it saves you time from having to fold
the fabric again so I definitely recommend that you place your patterns
down in a vertical line on your fabric and then trace out your patterns and oh
yeah so you also want to remember that when you place your patterns down
vertically onto your fabric you want to make sure that they’re not too close
together because you will need to add seam allowance around each pattern so
you don’t want anything to overlap and then you want to trace both of your
patterns and you want to remember to trace every edge of the pattern so that
includes especially the outline of the darts and that’s especially important
because that will help us to sew the the darts to create the actual structure of
the dress and don’t forget that part after you’ve finished tracing the
pattern you want to go ahead and add seam allowance to the bottom the side
and the top of each pattern you don’t need to add seam allowance inside of the
dart because the dart will be closed and sewn up later that’s in part two thank
you guys so much for for watching this video and check out part two after this
one see you in the next one ciao

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