28 Apr Kimono Twist Dress
- Move your NP 1.5cm to open neckline.
- Lengthen the block below the knee adding 6cm. Taper the side seams by 3cm at the hem.
- Decide the position of the twist. I have placed it 6cm below the natural waist.
- Mark a line, at this point, at right angles to the CF line, extending 7cm into the right side of the front block.
- Continue line back towards the left side seam, marking the seam line for the twist.
- Connect the far left point to the new neckline position (1.5cm from the NP (neck point).
- Connect the same point to the CF hemline.
- Mark in the balance of dashed lines for adding drape, from twist to shoulder and twist to skirt.
- Create a firm fit at the high hip position by removing garment ease. To do this you will need to measure yourself at this high hip position and remove the difference.
- Rather than re-shaping the side seam I have decided to remove the extra from waist to shoulder point and waist to hip point (red shaded area). This will produce the same effect without over-working the side seam shaping.
- Decide the length of your sleeve (bracelet length here), keeping in mind the width of your fabric.
- Decide your sleeve opening using a tape measure around the correct position on the arm (using 50 cm here).
- Connect the sleeve opening back to the high hip with a decent curve.
Open the bodice and skirt patterns along the dashed red lines to include extra fabric for the twist and drape. I suggest a range of 4-8cm for each opening depending on fabric, and fit. The high hip seam is opened up toward the side seam. This will allow you to twist the two fronts together before sewing to secure the twist.