Top or Dress with Bateau Neck and Shoulder Ties

This article will teach you how to create a dress or top with a bateau (boat) neckline and ties at the shoulder.

Dress with Shoulder Ties


Draft the Patterns

  1. In the PatternMaster of your choice, draft a blouse, dress, top, or sheath with a jewel neckline.
  2. This style can be drafted with no darts, side, side/waist, armscye, waist or French darts, armscye princess seams, or blouson style. Do not choose shoulder, center, or neckline darts, shoulder princess, princess panel, neckline princess
  3. Choose No Darts for the back darts.
  4. Do not choose a sleeve or collar.
  5. Choose No Closure for the front closure. Choose Back Zipper for the back closure if drafting a style that cannot go over your head.
  6. Set the seam allowances to 0.
  7. Set the desired garment length.
  8. Save the patterns and then choose Open Patterns in Pattern Editor.

Figure 1


Create the Shoulder Ties

  1. In Pattern Editor, open the saved patterns and ungroup the patterns if they are not already ungrouped.
  2. Select the front pattern and drag it to the left of the back pattern.
  3. Figure 2. Move the front


  4. Choose Line (LI) and SNAP to the shoulder/neck point intersection.
  5. Drag the mouse up. Hold the CTRL key down to draw an exactly vertical line.
  6. Type .75 on the keyboard and press Enter.
  7. Repeat to draw a vertical line on the back at the shoulder/neck intersection.
  8. Figure 3. Draw lines at shoulder/neck points


  9. Save the file (Ctrl S).
  10. Choose Line (LI) and SNAP to the mid point of the front armhole.
  11. Drag the mouse to the RIGHT past the center front line and CLICK to place the second point of the line.
  12. Choose Line (LI) and SNAP to the mid point of the back armhole.
  13. Drag the mouse to the LEFT past the center back line and CLICK to place the second point of the line.
  14. Make sure to draw both lines exactly horizontal.
  15. Figure 4. Draw lines from mid armhole to centers


  16. Choose Intersect (IN) and intersect each line to meet the center front and center back.
  17. Figure 5. Intersect horizontal lines with centers


  18. Choose Line (LI) and SNAP to the mid point of the front armhole.
  19. Drag the mouse UP above the shoulder/armhole point and CLICK to place the second point of the line.
  20. Repeat to draw a line on the back.
  21. Hold the CTRL key down to draw exactly vertical lines.
  22. Save the file (Ctrl S).

    Figure 6. Draw vertical lines at the front and back armholes


  23. Choose LINE (LI) and SNAP to the top of the vertical line at the shoulder/neck point on the front.
  24. Repeat to draw a line on the back.
  25. Hold the CTRL key down to draw exactly horizontal lines.
  26. Figure 7. Draw lines from the shoulder/neck points


  27. Choose Intersect (IN) and intersect the horizontal and vertical lines as shown in Figure 8.
  28. Figure 8. Intersect lines


  29. Choose Intersect (IN) and extend the center front and center back lines to the top horizontal lines just drawn.
  30. Choose Intersect (IN) and extend the top horizontal lines to meet the center front and center back lines.
  31. Figure 9. Intersect the center lines with the top horizontal lines


  32. Save the file (Ctrl S).
  33. Select the vertical line drawn up from the mid armhole as shown in Figure 10 and choose Locate Mid (LM).
  34. Repeat to place a mid point on the back vertical line.
  35. Figure 10. Locate mid points


  36. Choose Line (LI) and SNAP to the mid point just placed on the front vertical line.
  37. Drag the mouse to the LEFT holding the CTLR key down.
  38. Type 10 (25 cm) (or desired length) on the keyboard and press Enter.
  39. Repeat to draw a line to RIGHT on the back bodice.
  40. Figure 11. Draw lines out from mid armhole


  41. Choose Arc (AR) and SNAP to the end point of the norizontal line just drawn.
  42. SNAP to the point on the armhole.
  43. Drag the mouse to the LEFT, type .25 on the keyboard, and press Enter.
  44. Repeat this process to draw the remaining three arcs. SNAP in the order as shown in Figure 12.
  45. Figure 12. Draw arcs for tie ends


  46. Select and delete the objects as shown in Figure 13.
  47. Figure 13. Select and delete objects


  48. Use the Offset (OF) and Intersect (IN) commands to add the seam allowances.
  49. Figure 14. The completed patterns




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