In this video, Meg will show you how to draft a torso bodice foundation using your measurements and a basic bodice pattern!

The torso foundation is a bodice and skirt combination without a waistline seam, and it ends at hip level. The great thing about this draft is that it can be easily modified to a dress, and even transformed into other foundations like a dartless knit top! All you need is a bodice pattern and some body measurements, and once you connect all the dots you’ll end up in a perfectly fitting torso bodice foundation.

You’ll love this video if:

  • You want to incorporate body darts in your designs
  • You want to transform your waist level bodice pattern into a fitted bodice ending at hip level
  • You want to learn more about draft with lines as well as using existing patterns
  • You want to learn how to divide body darts
  • You want to start designing and sewing fitted dresses

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    Techniques Demonstrated in the Video:

    • The specific measurements you need take from your body or a dress form, and where exactly to take them
    • How much ease needs to be added to the measurement to obtain a proper fit
    • How to draw the starting lines on your paper and incorporate your existing bodice pattern
    • How to divide and create new darts
    • How to blend a new side seam

    A note from the presenter:
    “This draft is great for when you have a perfectly fitting bodice sloper and you want to convert it into seamless dress without a waistline. Once you have done this draft you can also trace from the waistline down, and you will have a separate skirt pattern! This draft can be complicated, but with instruction, anyone will be able to do it." – Meg Healy


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