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drafting my own pattern - has anyone else done it?
AlexaNJ
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Date: 5/15/07 2:06 PM

A few years back on ebay, I saw someone selling a white cotton one shoulder tank, with grommets on the side that lace up and a cotton lace gathering arcoss the front and back top. I bought the material to make this, and plan on doing it in the next few weeks.

I don't want to spend more money on another pattern that is made for a one shouldered garment, but I know there are some currently out there (vogue I think I has a one shoulder dress with princess seams)

Has anyone ever drafted their own one shouldered pattern? I took out some books from my library that features a section on this (Pattern Making for Fashion Dress by Armstrong and Design Your Own dress Paterns by Adele P. Margolis) and I plan on reading up on what they say.

I just wanted to know if anyone had some experience with this and could give any pointers. Anything I might miss otherwise.

I'll recap and let you all know how my 'project' comes out!

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Date: 5/17/07 2:36 PM

Hi Alexa,

I made a one shoulder dress last year, I used a cotton knit fabric, with a short kimono-style sleeve, and the other side shoulderless, of course. I just used an RTW t-shirt to trace the pattern; I drew a slightly curved line from the neckline at one shoulder to the underarm at the other shoulder to make it sleeveless. Because I used a knit fabric, it worked fine to just trace something the t-shirt (no darts to deal with).

Do you want to do this in a knit? If so, you may want to just trace a tank top or t-shirt that you already have. If you're doing this in a woven, you still might be able to find something in your closet to help, but you'll probably have to add darts for shaping, and those books should be helpful.

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Date: 5/17/07 3:40 PM

I made a one shoulder tank using a tried and true t-shirt pattern. I traced the original pieces bodice front piece, then I:

- drew straight line from the bottom of the neckhole to the bottom of the armhole

- FRONT - took a few tucks across this line for the front, to make it curve in above my bust

- BACK - made a couple of tucks near the center back. I have a big back like a man, though, you probably won't need to do this.

-blended the tucked lines into a gentle curve (to borrow Christina's line)

I'm having a great time picturing your project. Do the front and back shoulder pieces lace together like a corset? Ok, I admit I was really thinking like a shoe, but that doesn't sound nearly as feminine.

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Date: 5/20/07 12:28 PM

This tee shirt book has ideas like that in it.

Altered clothing is similair, but not just tees.
There are other books out there too, but I liked these two.

Edited to add...with the tee shirt one, I alter the pattern instead of the tee, as I don't have any old tees laying around.
-- Edited on 5/20/07 12:34 PM --

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Date: 5/21/07 12:01 PM

Thanks everyone for your help! I used a combination of your ideas and I'm in the process of it...

I used a pattern from a blouse I had, which had bust darts. I then drew the line from shoulder to armpit.

I don't know if I fully described the design well - the lace up is on the left side, not in front, and the entire neckband has an eyelet ruffle. The fashion fabric is a cream cotton plainweave, and I lined it with a satin cause it was what I had lying around from another project.

I still need to finish one of the two left side edges (The back), hem the entire bottom edge, and put in grommets to lace up the top. It's coming along well, and I will be sure to add a picture to show the ending result!!

Thanks again everyone! :)

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Date: 5/21/07 5:33 PM

How are the grommets working? I keep avoiding garments with those as I don't want them falling out. I asked snapsource if they knew of good ones, and they said that there were thinking about carrying them...Show us a pic? Sounds really pretty!

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