Updated: Apr 14
Please Draft the Front Bodice first, as some measurements are related. Thanks.
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Measurements you will need (Feel free to work in Inches or Cm)
• Full length Front (Shoulder to waist)
• Full length Back
• Centre Back
• Across shoulder
• Bust Depth (Shoulder to Bust)
• Armhole Depth
• Full Bust
• Above Bust
• Across Chest
• Across Back
• Full Waist
• Apex width (Bust span)
• Arm hole
The Back Bodice Draft
1. Line J - a = Half Bust Measurement
2. Line a - b = Half Centre Back length Measurement plus 3/4 inch (2cm)
3. Line b – c = Centre Back Measurement
4. Line c - d = Full Length Back measurement
5. Line d – e = Half Across Shoulder Measurement
6. Line e – f = Square down a guide line for about 2 1/2 inches (6.25cm)
7. Point g = Mark half way between points b and a
8. Line g - h = Half Across Back Measurement
9. Line a - i = Half of Line g-h measurement
10. Line c - j = Line a-i minus 3/8 inch (1cm)
11. Line i - j = Join with a straight line
12. Using line i-k as your guide, you need to create an arc, pivoting from point i. This will give a guide line for the next step.
13. Line N - k = Back waist measurement minus Line c-j.
E.g. If Back waist is 8, and Line c-j is 3, then Line N-k will be 8 - 3 = 5.
Draw the line from Point N touching the arc guide line. Label as Point k.
14. Join Points k and i with a straight line to form the second dart leg
Note: Lines i-j and i-k are the dart legs and they must be of equal length.
Measure Line i-j and compare it to Line i-k. Any inconsistencies will be corrected by trueing the pattern when cutting it out.
15. Line d – l = Neck width measurement
16. Line l – m = Shoulder Measurement. From point l, draw a line touching line e-f. Square a short guideline to the left from point m.
17. Line l – m1 = Shoulder Measurement plus 1/2inch (1.2cm). From point l, draw a line touching the guideline. This is the new shoulder line, you can erase the previous one.
18. Point n = Mark half way between points m1 and l on shoulder
19. Join points n and i with a straight line
20. From point n measure down about 3 to 3.5 inches (7.5- 8.7cm) along line n-i. Label as point o.
21. Mark 1/4 inch (6mm) on either side of point n, label as p and q.
22. Join points p, o and q to form dart.
Note: Lines o-p and o-q are the dart legs and they must be of equal length. Any inconsistencies will be corrected by trueing the pattern when cutting it out.