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Pattern Drawing Skirt

Flat Pattern Drafting

Hand Drafting A Skirt Block Page 4

The Rectangle - Part 1

By Pauline Weston Thomas for


Part 1 - Construct the skirt block rectangle stages 1, 2, 3, & 4

This page is the first page to explain how to construct an independent skirt block drafted in cms. This block is suitable for adaptations of skirt styles which will follow in this major section.

As a general guideline use a sheet of paper which is about 70cm by 90cm or more. You can use proper pattern drafting paper available from MacCulloch and Wallis of West London or dressmaking suppliers.  If you don't have this use brown paper, greaseproof paper, back of gift wrap or Vilene. 

Have to hand a sharp pencil, a metre rule, a short ruler, a tape measure and a set square.  Please don't use a felt pen to draft with.  Mistakes can multiply as felt pens make wider lines. 

Part 1 - Construct the skirt block rectangle stages 1, 2, 3, and 4.

Part 1 - Make the Rectangle Shown on this Page
Click all thumbnails to print off enlarged stages to A4 size.
Stage 1

 Pattern Drawing Skirt

Stage 1  - Draw a line down on the left of your paper which measures your skirt length plus 1cm.

Mark the terms Centre Back and Hemline as shown.

Stage 2

Pattern Drawing Skirt

Stage 2 - Use your hip measurement and add the ease of 5cm to it.    Divide that figure by 2.

Use a set Square to draw a line across the page and mark off this measurement of hip plus ease divided by 2.

Stage 3

Pattern Drawing Skirt

Stage 3 - Using a set square draw a line on the right of your paper which measures your skirt length plus 1cm.

Mark the term Centre Front as shown above.

Stage 4

Pattern Drawing Skirt

Stage 4 - Join the two sides.  Check that the top measurement of your rectangle is accurate and measures the hip measurement plus ease divided by 2.  If out re check the side lines with a set square.

NEXT Add your name and the date in the bottom right and left corners.

Teachers may consider the value of using a black felt pen and red marker if demonstrating the block to a group of students who are all peering to see the demonstration.

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