Learn how to draft a bodice with a sweetheart neckline from a basic bodice sloper.

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paper, basic bodice sloper, ruler, pencil

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    Aug 19, 2013, 10.52 PMby ahoarfrost

    This is great thanks for the post! Do you know how much ease was incorporated into the block you were using?

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    Feb 15, 2013, 06.22 PMby Lindsey Goeckner

    How much fabric did this take you?

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    Jan 5, 2013, 01.37 PMby Fe Gloria

    The gedwoods basic bodice block does not look like the bodice pattern you show in Illustration No. 1.

    How can I adjust the gedwoods basic bodice block to look like the bodice pattern you show in Illustration No. 1?

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    Apr 21, 2011, 07.12 PMby Sarah McCluskey

    Good tutorial on how to draft the pieces, but I can’t seem to get my head around how the final pattern pieces are actually sewn together? It just seems like they wouldn’t fit together… could you give me a quick explanation? Great job on the drafting though, very clear instructions :)

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      Apr 21, 2011, 09.36 PMby lizah

      Thank you :) It can be a little tricky sewing the front seams. But it’s good to cut a little mark (don’t know what it’s called in english) on each piece so that it gets easier to fit them together, you can see the marks on picture 8. When you add seam allowance, you’ll see that the side parts will be longer than the middle, and when you pin them together it will become small “ruffles” in the edge on the side parts, but 1 cm in (or whatever seam allowance you have), they shall fit. It’s hard to explain, but I hope you understand. Otherwise, ask again and I’ll try to explain better ;)

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      Jun 8, 2011, 09.12 AMby peaches2218

      Making those little marks is called “notching the curves,” lizah. And when you make the longer side pieces fit to the shorter center ones, you are “easing” them in by gathering them slightly. And Sarah, the Contour Bust Dress and Tute here on BS has a pretty good explanation about to connect curved seams on a bustier. It’s not the same shape as this, but these seams are actually a little easier than the one in her tutorial, so if you can follow it, you won’t have any problem here. It’s just a matter of pinning carefully and sewing slowly.

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    Apr 11, 2011, 11.07 PMby candeecutiee

    hi :) I’m still really new to sewing and am wondering how you made your basic bodice sloper. I have looked on the internet but haven’t found directions that I can follow. thanks :)

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      Apr 15, 2011, 07.21 PMby lizah

      Hello! I made it from a template we have in school. But you can do it from scratch too, if I have the time some time I might make a tutorial. And I let you know if I find something on the internet. :)

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      Apr 19, 2011, 05.12 PMby woman

      hey candeecutiee, there’s a tutorial here on burdastyle by gedwoods

      maybe you can give that a try! :D

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      Apr 21, 2011, 09.39 PMby lizah

      oh, thank you “woman” ;) I’ll add the link in the tutorial!

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