Back to basics

Everything started with fitting issues. As most of us I have to always adjust a pattern before I start cutting a fabric. It is difficult to check the pattern tissue on myself so I decided to make a basic bodice block and a skirt block.

I used book ‘Metric pattern cutting for women’s wear’ by Winifred Aldrich. It is excellent book with clear instructions.

Metric pattern cutting for women’s wear’ by Winifred Aldrichbasic top block frontbasic skirt block front

I had to asked my husband to help me with some measurements but after few hours I managed to draw the blocks on paper. For the bodice block I moved the dart on the side.

basic top block frontbasic skirt block front

After making blocks on paper I have made muslins for the bodice and skirt. They fit perfectly.

basic top block frontbasic top block frontbasic skirt block front

So now, having my basic patterns I can easier check if the waist and or bust lines are correct, do I need to make it shorter or longer – hmmm – or wider.

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