Following on from the Skirt Block and Design Options post I've separated skirt designs that use a stretch skirt block to start your pattern development. You can use my skirt block to make a stretch skirt block to use with all these pattern puzzle posts. Some of them have been sampled and those sample posts are also included here.
Moving beyond your first skirt patterns to drape skirt patterns: To work with these more complex skirt patterns you would need to have confidence in your skirt block. By that I mean you know if fits because you've used it to make number of skirt patterns. A small fitting or shape error in your basic skirt block will have some impact on outcome of these skirts. Try my graded set of skirt blocks for any of these delicious drape skirt patterns. Or you can try this pattern for yourself. You'll find my Drape Gather Skirt Sizes 6-22 on the website as a PDF download.
My women's fitted block is drafted past the waist, down to the hip level. It's currently available as a pdf download here. Although most drafting systems for a women's bodice blocks stop at the waist, it's essential for modern or commercial pattern making to have a bodice block that is fitted to the hip line and ready for both shirt and dress pattern making. The addition of length past the hip line to the knee level renders this basic fitted block into a dress block. Drop your centre front and centre back line and side seams straight down to your knee level and square across for the hemline. Check the hip curve of your dress block, at the hipline, to make sure it has a clean curve after you have added the extra length to the knee level.
In this first post I'd like to cover taking the body measurements you'll need to select the right size block or pattern. In most cases your measurements are not going to ever exactly match all size charts. Size charts are designed for mass production and as such represent the median of the population only.