A-Line Dress

A-Line Dress

A-Line Dress

This lesson will teach you how to drape an A-Line Dress with a V neckline and a halter armhole. First you will learn how to prepare your muslin blocks so that your grainlines will be balanced as you drape. Then we will teach you, in an easy step-by-step method, how to manipulate the muslin on the dress form to create a French dart for a fitted look at the waist. Use our A-Line Dress Measurements Form to record your measurements.

We will show you how to mark your muslin pattern on the dress form and then how to transfer the drape to the table for trueing, where you will learn how to add flare to the hem.Once you have draped the A-line Dress you will want to make it and wear it. It is the perfect day dress out of a solid or print or even an evening silhouette out of velvet or crepe. Either way, this style is versatile. Try your hand at draping our other dress styles, the Sheath dress and the Princess Sundress.


Module Description Step
1 Prepare the Dress Form 1-5
2 Extract Measurements 1-4
3 Prepare Muslin Blocks 1-4
4 Measurements & Mark Guidelines 1-15
5 Draping the Front 1-10
6 Marking the Front 1-12
7 Trueing the Front/Part 1 1-18
8 Draping the Back 1-17
9 Fitting the A-line Dress 1-8
10 Marking the Back and Front Side Seam 1-10
11 Trueing the Side Seam & the Front/Part 2 1-18
12 Trueing the Back 1-14
13 Final Steps 1-10
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Step Description
1 The first step when draping the A-line dress is to establish your guidelines and style lines. For bust level, tape from the left apex to right side seam making sure that the style tape is parallel to the floor.
2 Divide your neck to waist measurement by four, this is the shoulder blade. Style tape from center back to the armhole ridge, parallel to the floor.
3 Style tape your V-neck neckline both front and back.


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