How to make bodice block, Pattern for any dress style


Asalam U alaikum (peace be upon you) beautiful
people. In todays video I will make a basic bodice pattern that can be used for any dress.
I use this pattern in almost every video. It saves a lot of time. This is how I started
to make my own clothes. To get started we need basic things: a clear piece of paper,
pen, scissors, tape measure or a ruler. I have this measure ruler if you don’t have
one, a simple ruler does the same job. If you are interested then keep watching. Over here, I fold the paper in half lengthwise.
I’m zooming in to show the close up look. I make sure the paper is straight from the
edge by drawing a straight line. On the line I mark the width of my neckline which came
up to 6-inches, half of that is 3 inches as I need to divide the measurement by 2. Then
I marked my back width and half an inch seam allowance. I take 1-inch down from the previous
marking and draw a vertical line by joining the marks from the neckline to the shoulder.
The shoulder on the body is not straight; this is the way our shoulders will sit. Once
I draw a shape of the armhole, you will be less confused. Over here, I am going to mark the armhole
and upper chest line. The upper Chest calculations is the bust divided by six plus one and a
half inch. This will be the armhole line. So mine came up to 7.5 inches. I draw the
armhole line of 7.5 inch down And then straight across the upper chest line. To get the armhole
shape. I measure 1.5-inch along the chest line and curve the shape out. I normally hand
draw a curve through the points. If you have a french ruler which will give a perfect shape
it will be a lot easier, use anything that is handy. If you are looking for french ruler
I will leave a link in the description box. On the armhole line I marked the mid point
of 7.5 which is 3.9-inch then I marked 1 inch away from the midpoint. This marking is for
the front armhole of the bodice. Front neckline depends on the designs. This is just the marking
point for the front neckline. For the back neckline I marked 3-inches down from the top
and draw a simple round shape, as shown. You can mark your back waist length from the nape
of the neck to the waist line. However I find it easier to take it on myself from the chest
down my bust measurement and then waist and hips. This is the way how I measure myself
to get the perfect fit. I know it is not the professional way of taking it but to know
your body curves is the key to get the perfect shape on a dress. I take the tape measure
from chest to bust. Then from chest to the curve of the waist and from chest to the hips.
Bust, waist and hip measurements always divide it by 2 then add 1 to 2 inches ease to the
number. I normally don’t add pleats to my dresses but here I will explain how to mark
darts. If you are going to add pleats to the bodice then you also need to add extra 1 inch
to the waist measurement. Over here you can see I am joining the marks. You can also see
the curve shape towards the bust area, trust me to mark it this way you will get the perfect
fit. To make the darts you can mark it from the top neckline to below bust. Or mark 1
inch down from the bust line then measure the bust spam which is nipple to nipple and
divide it by 2 mine came up to 8 divided by 2 equals 4-inches. Then I mark the length
of the pleats that is 7-inches. I draw a straight line and take half an inch on each side and
join the marks to make a dart. To get the front bodice piece I cut the paper
in half. Front armhole of the bodice should have more depth for better fitting. You don’t
have to but it is better to write down the measurements. In future, you can always change
it, an inch up or down by putting this pattern onto new paper. To get the marks onto the
fabric I push my pen through the points and make a hole. And thats how I put this pattern
on the fabric and cut out the bodice for any dress. And there you have it a basic bodice
pattern. I will upload about the two in one kameez/shirt video soon. I hope you will find
this helpful. thank you so much for watching. Bye.

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