Bodice and Sleeve Block Class

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With a well-fitted block and just a small amount of technical knowledge, the possibilities are endless! Blocks are the starting point of all patterns; these block making classes help you to take the first steps along your pattern making journey and give you the confidence to create wonderful clothes from nothing. The expert industry skills learned in this course also develop your understanding of clothes, fabric, common fit issues and how to fix them. The course is perfect for anyone who wants to expand their sewing knowledge and for those who struggle to find clothes (or even patterns) that fit well. 


Bodice and Sleeve

In this class we build on the skills covered in the skirt class. We'll go further in depth into body measurements and body ease, draft your bodice and then your sleeve to your own measurements, and make up toiles to help us fit them. We will learn about moving darts, adding panel lines, sleeve head ease, and the advantages and disadvantages of sleeve and armhole shapes.

This class is perfect if you have completed the skirt drafting class. The two classes work very well together as you are able to combine the bodice with the skirt to make a dress block if you wish. It is not for beginner sewists; you should have a reasonable understanding of how clothes are put together.

Timing: This class is over three days, from 10am until 5pm. 

The next class is on Sundays the 21st and 28th of May and the 4th of June *FULLY BOOKED*

On the first day: 

  • We build upon what was learnt in the skirt class and go more in depth into measurements and body ease. 

  • Draft our bodice block. 

  • We then turn it into a functional pattern for you to make a toile from before the next class. 

The second day:

  • We fit the bodice blocks and transfer any changes onto the pattern. 

  • Once we have an armhole shape that we like, we will draft the sleeve. 

  • You will make another toile for the bodice as well as the sleeve before the next class. This allows us to get two fittings for the bodice as it can be a complicated piece, and to make sure the sleeve head and armholes work well together.  

On the third day:

  • We will fit the bodice and the sleeve together, transfer that information to the patterns, and pick off our blocks. 

  • At the end of the day time allowing, we will go over some basic pattern manipulations.  

Costs: Total cost for this class is $540. This includes all the materials you will need to make your patterns, as well as the fabric for the toile. I will provide a list of the tools we will use, you are welcome to bring any you may have, but I will have tools available to you as well. 


This ticket can be used for any upcoming booking dates. 

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