I really like this bodice style, but I don’t know of any similar patterns.

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    Jan 17, 2014, 10.06 PMby Sabrina Wharton-Brown

    I can’t find one, but it would be easy to draft from a bodice block. Here is a link that shows you how to transfer a dart. After that you could cut from the waist dart point up to the bust point, separate the pattern pieces, and add seam allowances.

    There are other things you can do to improve the appearance of the final garment, but that’s the basic idea.

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    Jan 18, 2014, 09.47 AMby Deanna31

    Hi Macyjoye,

    This pattern is the closest I can find:

    http://www.burdastyle.com/pattern_store/patterns/swing-dress-082012

    It has the same darts, tight bodice and sleeves. The rest is very easy to pattern make…

    Fold the front and the back top in half so the fold is in the centre (from the neck to the waist), then cut along the fold. Add 1cm for seam allowance.

    Then measure from the front neck down to where you want the bottom of the V neck to be. Transfer the measurement to the pattern and mark where you want the bottom of the V neck to be. Draw a line from the shoulder to the mark you just made (The pattern looks like the shoulder is smaller then the pattern I gave you, so make the shoulder width 8 or 9 cm wide), but make sure the line you draw is curved – if its straight it won’t look nice. You can see when you look at the top that the neck is curved.

    Do the same to the back neckline.

    The bottom piece is probably just a circle. To be able to draw a circle you need the radius. The circumference (circle) is your waist measurement. So get the waist measurement (measure your pattern on the hem of the bodice front and back without the seam allowances. Take into consideration that you’ve cut the pattern in half so you need to times it by 2 so you have both halves of the front and back) and take away 2.5cm then divide by 6. And then you’ll have your radius.

    for example: If the waist is 68cm take 2.5cm = 65.5cm. Divide by 6 = 10.9cm

    So with the radius draw a circle (A). This will be the line that will be sewn onto the bodice. Then draw another circle (B) on the inside of that circle (A) 1cm in, for a seam allowance. Then draw another circle © on the outside of the first circle (A) you drew, about 20cm away from your drawn line (A). This will be your hem (I’ve already added 2cm for your seam allowance). Measure the front hem of the bodice without the seam allowances and x by 2 (so you have both halves), then mark anywhere along the circle A. From the mark you just made measure the distance of the front part of the bodice, put another mark. Then from the centre of your pattern, draw a line straight through both of your marks. You should have 2 lines coming from the centre. This will be the front. Cut it out. Fold it in half, open it and cut in half again. (you can throw away one half if you like and just remember to cut 2 pieces of fabric from the one pattern piece) Add a 1 cm seam allowance to all straight cut lines. Make sure you write on the pattern that it is the front. Do the same to the back.

    And its done!

    You will need to use stretchy fabric for this pattern. Don’t worry about putting in a zip. Either use a new sharp needle or a ball point needle to sew the stretchy fabric with.

    I really like the top too!

    If you have any questions to ask me please feel free to ask. I hope I’ve put it in an understandable way. I tried to be as clear as I could.

    Good luck. And don’t feel afraid to give pattern making a go. Its fun

    Deanna

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