Flat Pattern Drafting Series 1
Drafting Patterns to Your Own Measurements
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Flip through all my Sewing Patterns - Starting with the Panel Jacket 626
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Pattern Drafting Variables
The Back Bodice
Find O: Measuring down from Top Line to mark O - 1", for over 38" bust 1½".
Find Bust Line: Measuring down from O for Bust Line: 8½" for Bust 36/38". Add or subtract ¼" for every 2" larger or smaller.
Find Neck Width: 2½" + ⅛" for Bust 36. Add or subtract ⅛" for each size larger or smaller.
Back Bust Line - Add 2" to Half Back Width for average sizes. A little less for smaller sizes. For larger sizes add up to 2¾".
Back Hip Point - For larger sizes make HP ½" or so less than ¼ hip measurement for CB.
The Front Bodice
Find the Shoulder Line: Measure down from O 1¾", for Bust 42" and over 1½".
Find the Base of Neckline: Measure down from O 3". This can be increased to 3¼" - 3½" for larger sizes.
Find the Shoulder Dart Width: For Bust 36" the dart width along the Shoulder is 3". Add or subtract ¼" for sizes larger or smaller.
Front Hip Line - For larger sizes make HP more than ¼ hip + 1½" to 2" from CF. Look for balance in the side seam between the back and front at Hip Level.
Find the True Waist: For larger sizes drop the Centre Front Waist Point up to 1" an up to ½" at the side seam.
Taking your Measurements
This video explains in detail how to take all the measurements needed to draft a basic bodice. It is also an introduction to the Members Pattern Drafting Course.
Positioning the Sleeve
Once you have drafted your own bodice block, how do you find the correct position and fit of the sleeve block? This video show will show you.
Another important drafting skill. Download my Free Example Block and practice these methods - Register for the Free Patterns.
Drafting an A-Line Skirt Pattern
A draft using the Pencil Skirt Pattern. It is all about manipulatling the darts.