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Draft me a Bodice

Last last Friday my fiancé went to a magic tournament with his friends (read: geek gathering), and some of the wifes decided to get together and sew at the host’s house. I had hosted three sewing parties (aka. juebejue-forces-friends-to-sew-party) at my place, and it was nice going to someone else for a change!

Sadly, all my sewing stuff was packed away in my bathroom, so I only had the sewing machine that i packed into the trunk of my car “just in case I really need to sew” before the remodel started. I was able to dig out my pattern book, and with lots of materials “borrowed” from my friend Andi, I got started with drafting myself a bodice pattern!

Drafting the bodice pattern was considerably harder than the skirt. For starters, I think the woman they used in the book has a very different back shape than I do. Hers bulges out, while mine caves in. I might have also measured my shoulder width from a wrong point (I think the right points to use is the joint you feel when you put your hand on top of your shoulder and move the arm around, where you normally want your sleeves to begin). After much measuring, drawing, confusing, swearing, re-measuring, erasing, drawing, and then sewing and fitting, I think I have a decent bodice.

Advice to people using this book for bodice — if the book doesnt make sense, double check your measurements and calculations! I got cocky and thought their instructions didnt make sense at one point, so I went off and followed my own instruction — turned out that I forgot to divide something by two! Silly me 🙂

Anyone finished drafting a bodice for themselves? How did you like it?

First Self-Drafted Skirt

I bought myself a book, How to make Sewing Patterns by Donald H.McCunn, and it is AWESOME. I never RTFM, but this one, I make the exception even though it has no pretty pictures at all. The instructions are very very very very clear, and it teaches you how to manipulate the patterns to make advanced patterns out of the basic. So once you have spent a few hours to draft the basic pattern, it is pretty easy to change it for your own need over and over again. I used instructions from that book and drafted a skirt that fit perfectly! Continue reading