## Wednesday, February 16, 2011

### Drafting The Back Bodice Nº 1

Drafting a Back Bodice Sloper

Using the measurements taken from the dress form, the back bodice sloper is drawn according to the following diagram. The drawing to fit the BJD will be made, step-by-step. There are about 31 steps to drafting the back bodice sloper, in Modern Pattern Design by Harriet Pepin (1942).

From: Modern Pattern Design by Harriet Pepin, 1942. http://vintagesewing.info/1940s.html

Read each step carefully!

1. A -- Point A is located 4 inches downward from the top of the pattern paper and 1 inch inward from the left margin. Place dot at this point and label it A.

2. A-B -- Draw a line downward, parallel to the left margin of your paper, equal to Center Bodice Length Measurement on your chart. Label lower point B.

3. B-2 -- This line equals the Full Bodice Length Measurement. Lay the square along line A-B. From point B, measure a line which extends through point A equal to the Full Bodice Length Measurement. Label point 2.

4. 2-3 -- Square a guide line 15 inches long at point 2, from line B-2. From point 2, measure off a distance on this guide line equal to one-half the Across Measurement. Label this point 3. Aalish is a 1/3 scale BJD, so 1/3 of 15 inches is 5 inches.

5. 2-4 -- From point 2, measure off a distance on this guide line equal to one-half the Shoulder Point Width Measurement. Label this point 4.

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#### 1 comment:

1. Today one of the pattern making books I ordered through the Public Library's Inter-Library Loan came in. How to Make Sewing Patterns by Donald H. McCunn (1973). It shows a method of making a basic sloper set, and how to use that sloper set to design and make all kinds of garments. Lately I have been thinking of making a Sailor Fuku for Aalish. I think this book will help me towards realizing that thought.

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