How to Cut a Dress Pattern

When cutting out a dress pattern from the paper, be sure to leave at least a half-inch seam allowance on all sides of each shape. Cut out the paper dress pattern with information from a fashion designer in this free video on dressmaking.

Part of the Video Series: How to Make a Dress

Video Transcript

In this segment, we'll tell you how to cut the pattern paper once the design is drawn on the pattern paper. This is the front of the dress. Our dress is open in front, so we'll cut the pattern into two. Now we'll leave half-inch seam allowances on each side of dress. We'll cut the pattern. This is the center front of the dress. We'll give half-inch seam allowances on all the sides - side seam, armhole, shoulder.

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