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Full Bodice Block Pattern – Front

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Full Bodice Block - Front

Full Bodice Block - FrontI really enjoy patternmaking and I think it's mostly because I like putting a puzzle together with my measurements and seeing if it really does work out.  I also like math and pretty much that's all patternmaking is.  If you went to school and thought, when am I ever going use fractions again?  Well, here they are and you really have to welcome them back with open arms because, in this situation, fractions are our friends.  If you have trouble with fractions, you can break them down to decimal form and it's a little easier to then do math on a calculator.  Here's a cheat sheet for you.  1/8=.125, 1/4=.25, 3/8=.375, 1/2=.5, 5/8=.625, 3/4 =.75, 7/8=.875  Please make note that in patternmaking, measurements are king and it's so important to be accurate.  You can't be sloppy and just round things up or down to the nearest inch.  I usually do it to the nearest 1/8" but if it's easier you can do to the closest 1/4".  If your lines aren't lining up the way they're supposed to, double check your measurements.

This tutorial is part of a series for creating a full bodice block or sloper so you can create a bodice pattern.  This pattern can be used to be paired with a skirt to create a dress or we can use the block to create different styles and even make tops from it.  Please realize this pattern is meant for woven fabrics only.  If you want to use knit fabric, check out our basic tank top or tshirt bodice tutorial.

Because this patternmaking is a little more involved and uses quite a few measurements, we decided to break up this block into separate tutorials.  This particular one covers front body measurements and drafting the front bodice only. I definitely recommend doing the front bodice first.  Following this one, you can then tackle the back bodice.

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17 thoughts on “Full Bodice Block Pattern – Front

  1. cmaclean

    Hello. I would like to draft a front and back bodice sloper. The videos above do not seem to work. Can you direct me to another link that would have this tutorial? thank you

  2. ProfessorPincushion

    hmmmm…..I think it would help if I could see a picture. Can you post an image in the Ask A Question forum? Thanks!

  3. erica

    My shoulder slope measurement is 17″ and when I slide the ruler to build the neck curve something is really wrong as I have about a half inch to draw the neckline curve. I’ve checked my measurements several times and I’m not sure what’s going wrong. Any ideas? Thank you for such a wonderful tutorial

  4. ProfessorPincushion

    yes. this pattern is for woven fabrics only, so you’re lightweight cotton will work fine.

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