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A while back I posted the basic bodice pattern -tutorial. That one was with darts. So now this pattern should be easy. The Dartless Bodice Block is useful when you want to draft loose fitting garments. If you have never drafted a bodice pattern, this is a great way to start. I included instructions on how to draft the sleeve, too. You’ll see that the instructions are quite similar to the other basic bodice pattern, just more simple. I’m continuing with the metric system. The Measurements Needed Here are the measurements you will need to draft the dartless bodice pattern. It’s the same picture of the industrial size M -measurements as last time. The horizontal measurements are already divided in half. You can find instructions for taking the measurements in the Body measurement -chart of mine. Just sign up with the form you find here at my website if you…

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Last spring I mentioned there was going to be a tutorial on avant-garde sleeves. Well, here it is! A little collection of sculptural sleeves. I studied different kinds of sculptural patterns and prepared these examples for you. There are different ways to create cool shapes that work with sleeves and I hope these will inspire you to continue experimenting and maybe even coming up with new patterns. There’s a half-scale sleeve pattern you can download from the side-panel! Hint: Experimenting in small scale is an excellent way to use those fabric scraps you have laying around. Sculptural Panel Sleeves I have dedicated a couple of posts on the panel construction. It’s great for sleeves, too. The basic idea is that first you divide the pattern into sections (=panels) and then add whatever shape you want on both sides of them. The pattern becomes quite a mess and you need to…

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If you have been following me for a while, you probably know Shingo Sato and his TR Cutting School, right? If not, I’ve written several blog posts on this subject, so you can check out this tag if you’re interested. But in a nutshell, Shingo Sato organizes online Masterclasses to teach his patternmaking technique called TR Cutting and those who complete it can participate every summer to TR Masters’ Challenge. During the challenge you have to complete patternmaking tasks. This is a good way to refresh your skills. Naturally you need to figure out the pattern by yourself without instructions. There are only pictures of the outcome as a reference. The number of tasks used to be twenty-something, but now it’s dropped down to 5. With less time to complete them, too. TR Masters’ Challenge 2019 took place in August. A total of 22 people from around the world managed…

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Something more practical again: how to draft a summer dress pattern starting from a basic bodice block. Which means, the #makenine -challenge is back! I was checking the list of garments I was going to sew this year and saw 2 pieces that were supposed to be worn in the summer. There was a shirt and a dress. I already missed the season with my trench and wasn’t going to let that happen again. So here we go with the dress! Maybe next month I can still get the shirt done. Features of the dress I got the idea for this dress from Pinterest but ended up modifying the original so completely that there’s no sense even adding the picture here. The only thing I left, was the high-low shaped tulip skirt. Just to have a reference, here’s the finished dress: I was going for a flowy look, as the…

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