Make a Perfect Fitting Bodice & Sleeve Block

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Make a Perfect Fitting Bodice & Sleeve Block

Saturday 14 March 2020

Session: 1


Time: 10.00am - 5.30pm

Level: Confident Dressmaker

Maximum Class Size: 6

When it comes to a successful dressmaking project, few things are as important as getting a good bodice fit! The sequence of processes when making any fitted dress start with making your bodice, then add your fastenings and finally join to the skirt, whether it be straight, A-line or gathered.

Once you have mastered the techniques taught in this class you will have the skills to draft patterns to your own designs in a style that you know suits you. You will be able to create a more tailored and unique fit and also find that you can adjust certain commercial patterns with ease.

Level: To enrol on our pattern cutting classes students must be competent machine sewers and should already be proficient at making clothes. We recommend that students have experience in making up at least three different garments so that they can gain the most from this workshop.

This workshop will focus on fitting and pattern cutting skills. You will come away from the class with a toile, a finished paper pattern for your bodice and sleeve plus the skills and know how to make patterns for yourself and others.

In this class you will learn the traditional method of making a block, by taking specific, accurate body measurements. Following your teachers guidance and instruction you will map out the contours of your torso onto pattern paper and draft a block that is perfectly sized for you. Using this pattern you will construct a toile (sometimes called a muslin) and make small fit adjustments, once you are happy with the fit you will learn how to transfer these adjustments back to the pattern.

You will cover the following techniques is class:

  • Taking accurate body measurements

  • Drafting your bodice pattern

  • Adding seam allowances

  • Constructing a Toile

  • Making fit adjustments

  • Moving darts

  • Transferring alterations to your pattern

  • All tools and materials are included. Lunch and refreshments throughout the day are provided.


    Moyna Hamilton studied clothing technology at London College of Fashion before going straight into the fashion industry and working as a pattern cutter. For over 18 years she worked for a wide range of companies from designers to high street suppliers and, after having children, she also successfully set up and ran her own children’s bed linen and accessories company called Eazy-Tiger. More recently she has been teaching in primary and secondary schools and is pleased to be combining her experience in schools with her years of experience in fashion to teach others the art of sewing, pattern cutting and making their own clothes.