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Hi there

I am attempting to drape my first dress block using my new adjustable form.

I have draped the fabric, inserted darts and drawn all over the muslin. I just want to check something, when I have taken the muslin off the form, the centre back and centre front lined are straight, but the side seam lines are CURVED. I was thinking of tidying them up with a French curve, but I wonder should the seam lines also be straight?

If so, I’ll start again. My block should be fairly straightforward as I’m a B-cup UK size 10-12.

Many thanks in advance

Pitta x


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    Sep 5, 2013, 08.24 AMby katexxxxxx

    When I draft patterns, and then test fit them, the side seams (and frequently the back seam too!) end up curved. It’s normal. The body isn’t ruler straight: it has curves all over the place! Why should seams be dead straight?

    Some seams are straightened out to make them easier to sew, and some are straight for style reasons, but when making the block from which to generate your personal patterns, that block has to fit your body, so expect curves.

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    Sep 7, 2013, 06.05 PMby Pittawithcheese

    Thank you so very much for your reply: curves it is :-) x

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