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Note that the process sounds complicated to describe, but it much easier to do than to explain. Also, if this is for your own bodice block, you may need to do this just once - if you draft onto a piece of cardboard, the resulting block can be re-used as a template time and again for any other manipulations. On the other hand, if you are making clothes for a range of people, experience will quickly render the process relatively painless and quick. It takes about 30 minutes to construct the block when you are used to the process. I have posted a "how to" of the process of adapting the block to develop a bra pattern. As I have time, I should be able to post additional manipulations for other patterns later. Enjoy!

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    Feb 18, 2019, 08.14 AMby Dj67

    Hi, just wondering how I transfer this pattern to fabric. Do i cut out the darts on the fabric and stitch them together or do i trace the Pattern onto the fabric after taking the darts out of the Pattern itself?

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    Mar 8, 2017, 02.53 AMby Divya Acharya

    @gedwoods.. SORRY i didn’t mean to mark it inapropriate.. i thought it was a reply button.. need ur help.. my half back plus 0.5cm is more than shoulder plus 1cm.. what to do??.. SOS!!

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    Jul 9, 2014, 07.43 AMby Sandi Remson

    Can you add some pictures of what can be done with this pattern? TIA

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    Oct 19, 2012, 11.51 PMby littleone1

    30 mins! this took me 4 hours! good instructions, was a little confused in some places but i think thats because the measurement names were a little different to the names i used before so i got a bit confused. about to try on the pattern block so fingers-crossed it fits me!

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      Oct 20, 2012, 12.09 AMby littleone1

      i’ve tried it on and i fits nicely but the bottom of the block where my waist should be is higher then my actual waist, by about 4 or 5 cm. how can i adjust the block so that the bottom lines up with my waist like it should?

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    Jul 2, 2012, 09.03 PMby Charlotte Hancock

    I have just spent 2 hours making this. The instructions are pretty simple but I am rubbish when it comes to maths and had to get my fiance to work the numbers out for me. Am going to transfer it to muslin next weekend to see if I have done it correctly and what alterations are needed if neccessary. Thanks for the tut! =)

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    Jul 14, 2011, 09.54 PMby momofour09

    I really want to make one but I wear a D cup and don’t know where to begin if modifications are necessary. I am still very new to sewing and alterations scare me just about as much as patterns :) Any help is greatly appreciated.

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    Jun 12, 2011, 02.42 PMby Laura123h

    Thank you for this!

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    May 1, 2011, 03.34 PMby Rebecca Summerfield

    Thanks for this i just made mine an afternoon well spent.

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    Mar 29, 2011, 02.48 PMby anlusaro

    Hello, thanks for this post! I want to try this, but I am 1,51 m short, my bust measurement is 97 cm, and my waist is 76cm….will this work for me?

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    Feb 12, 2011, 12.22 AMby clairesophie

    Thank you! I planning on sewing up my muslin this weekend!

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    Feb 6, 2011, 11.47 PMby clairesophie

    does this include a seam allowance? if so what?

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      Feb 7, 2011, 03.28 AMby gedwoods

      It should be clear from reading through the instructions that no seam allowance is included, but I shall add a note somewhere to try to make this clearer. In general, blocks don’t include seam allowances – some even define blocks as being patterns without seam allowances, but I think this is misleading. Blocks are the progenitors of patterns, a kind of basic template from which an infinite number of patterns can be generated. Because they precede pattern creation, however, they are usually provided without seam allowances, because it is expected they will be modified in many different ways before one is ready to add a seam allowance.

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    Jan 29, 2011, 06.04 AMby ronnie1

    Thank you so much, I just finished my bodice block. Great instructions and illustrations.

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    Jul 19, 2010, 12.38 PMby klarain

    thank you, I´ll definitely try it one day! :)

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    Jun 14, 2010, 12.06 PMby neucheabba

    Thanks. Bodice block demystified.

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    Mar 23, 2010, 04.56 AMby anna mariana

    thx a lot..great

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