Monday, 13 February 2012

Start by Drafting a Basic Bodice Block

Get started with some basic pattern cutting by creating a basic bodice block. From this you can create  endless upper body garments.
  1.  If you are creating this block for yourself or a model, then make it in paper first, add seam allowances (1/4",1cm is usual) Tip: if you don't have pattern cutting paper, old rolls of wrapping paper or brown paper are fine. Use a pencil with hard lead 1H or 2H
  2. Cut the bodice out in basic woven fabric and stitch up, leaving some simple opening so that it can be tried on.  Tip: This garment is called a toile and is usually made in calico but you could use almost any woven fabric.
  3. Have the garment tried on and work on the fit with pins or pens, then redraw the block with any alterations from the fitting. Tip: Make the final block in card so that you can keep re-using it.   
Happy pattern drafting!

15 comments:

  1. This is in inches....alternative metric version soon

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  2. hi
    i am curious as to which book this is scanned from, i would like to make more blocks, the chart is invaluable
    or you could do more on the blocks, I would really appreciate it

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  3. Hi and many thanks for your question. This has been incredibly popular!
    I found this in a library from the University I studied at. It was a very old book. Sorry I can't remember the title. I'm not planning to add any blocks at the moment. I'm very busy with my business www.realgrace.co.uk Happy cutting, Jane

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  4. thank you so much for the detailed instructions.... i have been trying to create a bodice pair with darts only in the back bodice....i intend to stitch a dress with darts only at the back.....but the stitching line seem not to overlap...is it possible to do so if yes could you pls give me some insight on the same

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  5. Hi, I'm not quite sure what you mean. Why do you want the stitching line to overlap? How will it fit a body without some shaping in the front? Are you using jersey fabric?

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  6. hey jane ...thanks for replying... i basically want to stitch an Indian kurti which usually does not have stitched waist darts in the front....so should i not incorporate darts at all in the front block or leave them unstitched and not add extra ease in the waistline...i want to keep a separate block for Indian patterns...thank you

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  7. Hi there. I just came upon your draft. I've been looking for one for the longest while. Thank you very much. I most certainly would be trying this out.

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  8. Hi there. I just came upon your draft. I've been looking for one for the longest while. Thank you very much. I most certainly would be trying this out.

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  9. Hi, thanks a lot for publishing this draft. I did a size 10 and it's perfect fit. However, I missed the 1cm seam but it still worked well. Got lot of praises. Have to do one for me now. I eased the darts a little to accommodate slightly bigger waist size.

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  10. I also did a small shoulder dart and the fit is amazing

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  11. hola como estas me podrias indicar el nombre del libro, lo encuentro muy interesante y me gustaria comprarlo

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