Added Jan 8, 2010
Along with the drafting blocks for a bodice ("http://www.burdastyle.com/techniques/constructing-the-basic-bodice-block"), dress ("http://www.burdastyle.com/techniques/drafting-a-princess-line-dress-pattern-from-the-basic-bodice-block"), and trousers ("http://www.burdastyle.com/techniques/constructing-the-basic-trouser-block"), a block for a skirt represents a rather straightforward use of the approach, as the adjustments for different measurements are relatively simple. Of course, once a basic skirt shape has been found, a vast variety of variations can be constructed.
As for the other drafting techniques, you'll need large sheets of paper (I use large newsprint blocks of the cheapest quality), a pencil and eraser, a yard or meter ruler, a smaller ruler, a square and a "French curve" that can be replaced by sliding a dinner plate along, to produce a nice smooth curve. A calculator is useful, in addition. You will also need a set of body measurements (waist, hips, and waist-to-hip distance), and waist-to-knees distance. The latter is necessary only to determine the length of the dress. This block construction method has been adapted from the following excellent reference : Winifred Aldrich, Metric Pattern Cutting for Women's Wear, 5th ed., Blackwell Publishing: Oxford, 2008, 215 pp.
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