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How to Draft a Torso Bodice


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Video Duration: 21 minutes 17 seconds

You’ll love this video if:

  • You want to eliminate the waist seam from a garment
  • You want a basic foundation that you can use to draft unique tops and dresses
  • You want to learn more about pattern drafting

You will Learn:

  • How to take the appropriate measurements
  • How to add ease to a pattern for a comfortable fit
  • How to draw your new style lines
  • How to modify and blend darts


In this video, Meg will show you how to draft a torso sloper using a basic bodice and skirt pattern. All you’ll need is a BurdaStyle bodice pattern and your own measurements, and you’ll have your very own made-to-measure sloper! The torso sloper foundation is a bodice and skirt combined to create a basic top pattern and eliminate a seam at the waist. This sloper ends at hip level, and can be easily adjusted to sew a create your own patterns for blouses or dresses!

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About the Expert:

Meg Healy began to sew at the age of 12, where she began experimenting with fabric and seams on her Brother little domestic sewing machine. Studying at both Fanshawe College and Parsons the New School for Design in NYC, Meg gained the technical skills in pattern making and advanced sewing that led to a number of awards for her design and construction skills. Before becoming the Online Editor of BurdaStyle.com Meg worked as a pattern making intern for Vera Wang. Meg also launched her own highly unique clothing line consisting of fashion-forward spandex leggings in 2010.