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Learn how to draft a torso bodice foundation that can be modified to a fitted dress or top of your dreams!

Check out our newest video here: How to Draft a Torso Bodice.

In this video tutorial, Meg 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!

Check out a preview of this week’s video here:

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.

What you’ll learn in this video tutorial:


  • 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.

Click here to get the How to Draft a Torso Bodice video tutorial and start your next project!

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    Jan 11, 2014, 04.48 PMby Manic Pop

    This is a great video for someone who wants to start drafting their own patterns. I use my torso block all the time when I design garments!

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