We will walk you through how to cut and sew a ball gown. You don’t need any fancy tools or skills, just some basic materials and some elbow grease!
Drafting a pattern for the bodice
To draft a bodice pattern, you’ll need to determine the following:
- The amount of bust dart at each side. For example, if your bust measurement is 32” and you want an extra 6″ across the chest, then you would make two darts (one on each side) with a 4-5″ difference between them. The distance between these two darts should be equal to or less than your actual size in order for it not to look lumpy when constructed properly.
- The amount of fullness at center front by grading off from underarm seamline toward waistline. You can also take into consideration how much flare there should be along shoulders as well as jutting out slightly below bottom edge of skirt opening; this will help give shape without making it too wide or short-waisted because then no matter what type fabric type used for lining itself won’t fit correctly anymore since everything has been moved around so much already due to draping process!
How to draft a pattern for the skirt
- Draw a pattern for the skirt by tracing around your favorite ball gown skirt and transferring it to paper, using tracing paper or freezer paper (which is more durable).
- Cut out your pattern on an appropriate sheet of fabric, such as muslin or fusible webbing.
- Attach the skirt to the bodice using pins in both layers of fabric at the points where they overlap each other, then sew along those lines using a zigzag stitch or overlocker in order to create an excellent seam allowance that would not be noticeable under weighty fabrics like satin ones!
How to make the skirt
- Cut out your fabric pieces, leaving an extra inch or so on all sides.
- Assemble the skirt by sewing one piece together at a time, making sure to leave an inch or two of space between each layer so they can be sewn together later.
- Sew the bodice and sleeves into place before attaching the skirt to it with zippers or buttons as needed (or just glue them in place).
How to make the bodice and attach it to the skirt
Now that you’ve got all of your pieces cut and sewn together, it’s time to attach them.
- Sewing the bodice to the skirt: The first step is to sew the bodice and skirt together by hand or machine, following these steps:
- Sew two darts at the side seams, taking care that they are equal in length (you’ll need an extra few inches for fitting purposes). This will create a figure-eight shape when viewed from above.
- Place your fabric on top of one another with right sides facing outwards (the fabric should be lying flat). Fold over half of each side seam so that it overlaps slightly; this will allow room for turning when attaching hooks and eyelets later! Make sure not to overlap any other stitches as you may damage them while doing so! Put pins into each corner where both pieces meet together forming a triangle shape before sewing them together.
Now that you know how to cut and sew a ball gown, it’s time to get started.
- Buy fabric for the bodice and skirt (this can be done in advance if you have some already). You’ll need at least two yards for each piece of fabric, but three or four yards will be better so that you have enough material for hemming after assembly.
- Cut out all pieces from your fabric using pattern paper as guides (or just freehand). Make sure that all seams line up properly before sewing them together!