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Pattern Puzzle - Triangle Drape Dress

Monday, July 28, 2014

It is the simplest of shapes and elegant to boot, the Triangle Drape Dress #PatternPuzzle was solved in an instant by our resident pattern champ Mioara.  You may remember her recent contribution to our weekly fun - a very clever #PatternPuzzle.  Our choice this week was inspired by Meegan Williams sending us a link to her favourite dress.  And she was right, it is not a complicated style.  Made in a lightweight silk/rayon jersey knit, the kimono style drapes beautifully through the side seam area as it collapses over the hip and hugs the thighs.Triangle Drape Dress 

You can start this pattern plan using my knit block or any basic knit pattern with a close or crew neckline.  

  1. You really only need the neckline and shoulder line to draft this style.
  2. Use the back neckline as it is and change the front to a V neck line of your choice.
  3. When extending the shoulder line make sure it is lifted 5mm above the shoulder point.  Extend to elbow level from shoulder point (approx. 35cm).
  4. Decide front length of dress - working just past the knee (my choice) would be approx. 110cm from high neck point.
  5. Taper the side seams of your knit block by 2-3cm.
  6. Join the hem to the extended shoulder line.
  7. Place the first shoulder line notch at about 8-9cm, leave space for the shoulder to peep out, then join again for about 4-5cm.  Leave the rest open for the sleeve opening.
Pattern Plan Triangle Drape
 Trace the front and back dress, joining them at the side seam.  This pattern makes a very simple shape much like a triangle. The centre front and back are seamed and the overarm seam is left open at shoulder and the sleeve opening. 
        Triangle Drape Final Patterns
We love to hear from you so please leave your comments and questions below and we will get back to you. Enjoy :) 

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Cherie commented on 12-Mar-2016 03:29 AM
Hi it would be great if you had a picture of the dress made on a model. It looks like a lovely idea!!
Anita commented on 12-Mar-2016 09:36 AM
HI Cherie, thanks for dropping by. In these puzzles i provide the pattern making instructions. Every now and then I get a chance to make up a few of the designs. Mostly fans use the instructions to make their own garments. If you click on the links at the end of the post you will see several examples of this design. Let me know if you have any questions. I'm always happy to help. :)
Anonymous commented on 12-Jun-2018 03:12 PM
enjoying your pattern after all this time. thank you.
Anonymous commented on 28-Sep-2018 05:56 AM
Quick question about the Triangle Drape Dress. I am in the process of creating the pattern for the dress.In step #3 we extend the shoulder line to the elbow level from the shoulder point (35cm). Do we measure the 35cm from the shoulder line at the neck edge OR from the shoulder line at the end of the sleeve edge? I am making the dress using a soft woven rayon. Any extra hints?
Anita - Studiofaro commented on 28-Sep-2018 09:06 AM
Hi Christine, Thanks for getting in touch. :)

You extend to the elbow level from the armhole end of the shoulder seam for 35cm. So altogether that line is shoulder length plus the 35cm from shoulder point to the elbow. Approximately 46-47cm depending on the size you're working with in the beginning.

Your fabric sounds about right so I think everything should go well for you. Let me know if you have any questions.
Yvette commented on 07-Mar-2019 08:41 AM
Love the details. Such a simple template that will work with any body type. Thank you for sharing
Anita - Studiofaro commented on 07-Mar-2019 12:46 PM
Thanks Yvette, I totally agree with you! Are you thinking of making this pattern?
Sewing Doll commented on 25-Aug-2019 10:01 AM
I'll make this dress my next project. Fabulous!!!
Anita - Studio Faro commented on 25-Aug-2019 10:04 AM
Hi SewingDoll, thanks for dropping by. I'm so pleased you like the design. I'd love to see your dress when you have made it. You can share it here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/studiofaromakers/ Let me know if you have any questions, I'm always happy to help.
DSGear commented on 03-Aug-2020 08:35 PM
Hi Anita,
I'm working on getting my "sewjo" back and this looks like the perfect place to start.
I do have a question: Do I use the line created by joining the side pieces as my grainline? Looking at the finished pattern, I think the answer is yes, but confirmation from the source is better than frustration down the road.
Thanks for the inspiration!
Anita - Studiofaro commented on 04-Aug-2020 07:54 PM
Hi DSGear, I do hope this pattern inspires you to much more sewing. yes, I have used the join in the side seam as the grain line in this pattern. I'd love to see your sample once it is complete. You can share in my private Facebook group if that's ok with you - https://www.facebook.com/groups/studiofaromakers
Marie Andersson commented on 06-Oct-2020 09:09 PM
What a lovely dress! English isn´t my first language so I have trouble understand the second picture. Think it shows the front on the left side and the back on the right side. And the middle shows the sides to sew togheter? Hope someone can help me, I want to make this think it fits my body.
Marie Andersson commented on 06-Oct-2020 09:18 PM
Found a course that show how to do, thank´s any way. Wish you all many happy sewing days!
Anita - Studio Faro commented on 07-Oct-2020 10:42 AM
Hi Marie, thanks for dropping by. You join the side seams together in the pattern so there is no side seam in the dress. Just a centre front and centre back seam. Would love to see your dress when you make it. You can share photos IN my Facebook GROUP - STUDIO FARO MAKERS. Happy sewing. :)

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