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Draft a basic BODICE pattern

Learn to draft a basic bodice pattern - free tutorial) by yourself so that you can make many different variations of this to sew many many more tops and blouses
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A bodice is the foundational template for making a garment you wear on your torso – the garment which you wear on the upper part of the body. The method I have described here is a very simple bodice pattern which you can draft and sew with the bare minimum sewing knowledge – one which gives you a custom fit, based on your body measurements.

You can experiment with this, add any fabric manipulations any type of sleeves (draft different types of sleeves), change necklines (Draft different neckline) or add any embellishment to make it your own. This is where everything starts. 

How to draft a Bodice pattern

If you are new to sewing checkout this post with many tutorials on tips on learning to sew ; Checkout this detailed post on taking the basic body measurements . If you would like to know more about reading a tape measure properly checkout this post.

You can either make the sewing pattern on a paper or draw directly on the cloth with chalk. Start by marking on paper assuming the line A-B is folded cloth . If you are directly marking on the cloth take the two front and back pieces and fold in  half and take the folded side as AB in the diagram and start marking

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The basic measurements you should take are :

Desired length – How long do you need the top to be (add 2 inches to this measurement)
Waist length – measure from where shoulder meets your neck to the waist
Shoulder – From where your shoulder meets the neck to the tip of the shoulder bone
Chest measurement – Measure just over the bust , at the armhole level

Bust measurement  – Measure around the bust
Waist measurement – Measure around the waist
Sleeve length
Sleeve round – Where you want the sleeve to end
Neck depth – Both front and back.
Hip round – measure around hip loosely

A-C = Length from shoulder to hip + 2″ = B-D

You can also use Standard measurement for the lengths
A-M = Shoulder to bust length – 10″
M-K = Bust to waist length – 6″
K -C = Waist to hip length – 8″

A-E = 3″ (Standard neck width)
F-G = 1″
A-F = 1/2 of Shoulder to shoulder point
H-J = 1/4 of (Chest round +2″) = Add 2 inches to total chest round and then divide by 4
H-M = 1″
M-N = 1/4 of (Bust round+ 2″) = Add 2 inches to total bust round and then divide by 4

K-L = 1/4 of (waist round + 2″) Plus 1″ = Add 2 inches to total waist round and then divide by 4 and then add 1″
C-D = 1/4 of (waist round + 2″) Plus 1/2″ = Add 2 inches to total hip round and then divide by 4 and then add 1/2″

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Mark the front armhole line to the inside from the shoulder line
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A-E = Neck width ( minimum 3″ – go wider for better ease ; look for a better fitting bodice you already own)

Neck depth ( this is how deep you want the neck to be – Mark the front neck depth and back neck depth);  – Mark down from A.  

A-F = 1/2 of shoulder to shoulder (add 1/4 inch as seam allowance)

F-g = 1 inch or 3/4 inch ; this is for shoulder slope From point –  F on shoulder tip mark down 1 inch to point G ( please make this 1/2 inch for kids) Give the shoulder slope by joining the line E-G.

You can learn more on marking the armscye and correct way of drafting armhole measurements here.  

Another measurement for armhole line is to calculate it by the bust round.

Armhole depth = Bust round divide by 8 plus 3.5 inches.  

Another measurement for a more fitting armhole

Bust round -Armhole measurement
28 inch  – 4 3/4″
30 inch  – 5
32 inch  – 5 1/4″
34 inch – 5 1/2″
36 inch – 5 3/4″
38 inch – 6″
40 inch – 6 1/4″
42 inch – 6 1/2″
44-46 inch – 7″
48-50 inch- 7 1/2″

Adding dart to the front bodice pattern

Mark a line Y , such that X-Y = 1/2 of Bust point to bust point Mark Y 1/2 inch down from bust line
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Mark the dart (1/2 inch each) on this line
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Back bodice Dart

Start marking the dart line x-y from the chest line, such that H-X= 1/2 of Bust point to bust point The dart should end 2 inches above the hip line.
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Tip: Use a curved ruler to give the hipline a nice curved shape. A french curve can be used to shape your armhole line.

Related posts: Tools for marking the pattern ; Tools for measuring the body proportions ; Tools needed for sewists

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Back armhole  – Mark a line F down to meet the chest line. ( measure the distance and divide by two) . Mark the point as X . Make a curved shape of the armhole meeting these points – this is the back sleeve line.

To mark the front sleeve line  Mark from the line to the inside 3/4 inch for adults and 1/2 inch for kids. Using a french curve mark a curved line for your front armhole line.

Give the neckline you want – refer here for different necklines

Make sleeves as per the instructions here and you are good to go sewing.Checkout the post on different types of sleeves for your options

Ease – I have added 2 inch ease to the body measurements . You can alter this to your preference as per the standard chart of ease given below

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Chart for ease in clothes

What I do when making this pattern to sew tops is to draw directly on to the cloth with chalk. Both the front piece and the back piece will be kept folded .  I will draw the pattern on the top piece ( which finally will turn out to be the front piece), cut out the back sleeve line and neck, remove the back piece ( which is the back piece now) , then continue cutting the front sleeve line and neckline on the remaining  cloth with the marking lines already there. This way, no need to mark the front and back bodices seperately .Cut the two pattern pieces and makes sure that the lines drawn are all cut away.

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The front and back joined together
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Checkout this tutorial to see how to make facings for the necklines for a clean and neat finish

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Do the same for the back neck and front neck.Join the shoulder seams .

Checkout the different types of seams you can use in your bodice. Join the sleeves. You can add this to a skirt to make a dress or adopt different design features to make it your own. 

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I decided to add this bodice to a paneled skirt to make a  long gown. 

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If you would rather make a more casual top with a looser fit along the body you can make the bodice as  per the pattern below 

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A-C = Length of the top
A-B = 3 1/2″
A-G = 8 1/4″
H-J = A-G
H-I = 3/4″
D-E = 3″ (OR 4″)
A-H = 1/2 of shoulder point to shoulder point + 1/4″
G-F = 1/4 of Bust round + 3/4″
E-L = 1/4 of Hip round + 2 “
K-J = 1/2 of F-J

If you want a more fitting pattern with a close body fit you can add darts – this will ensure that the bodice fits the contours of your body. Check out this post on adding darts to your sewing patterns 

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The sewing tutorial to make an A-line dress has the method to sew the bodice explained in a different way than given below .

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Sewing a basic bodice block for kids 

You can make a similar bodice block for kids . Checkout the post on sewing for children and a ready reckoner of body measurements here. 

Happy sewing

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Author: Sarina Tariq
Hi, I love sewing, fabric, fashion, embroidery, doing easy DIY projects and then writing about them. Hope you have fun learning from sewguide as much as I do. If you find any mistakes here, please point it out in the comments.
46 thoughts on “Draft a basic BODICE pattern”
  1. Gennifer
    Hi Sarina, This is great! I have been looking for a sloper like this for ages!! I have one question, which is: I notice in your finished garments you do not press your seams. I was wondering if there is a reason for that – perhaps that the synthetic fibers would melt with the iron? Thanks again for helping us out 🙂 Reply
  2. Vicki
    I wish I could see a picture of the top on someone. Also, would love to know how to put a cape covering on a blouse or separate. I have a group of larger gals that are in a bridesmaid group and they need something flattering for the top since the color is not going to be black. Reply
  3. schehzor

    U r doing a grt job helping us learn
    Is there any criteria for shoulder slopping

    Reply
  4. Nonkululo Dabula
    Thank you very much, it will be so helpful to me because I’m new in sewing and learn it myself on Internet no one is teaching me Reply
  5. Grace
    Very helpful and reliable to a newly sewing student like me. Reply
    • FRANCIS DOGHORE
      Thanks so much for the tutorials
  6. Grade 10 TLE MODULER

    I’m Here because of my T.L.E module
    Hi there if you’re grade 10, wish u luck at making progress.

    Reply
  7. Grace Asher
    Thank you so much my sewing knowledge has increased am better now. Reply
  8. Kris
    Re: Bodice drafting instructions. Such a GREAT resource! I only wish there was a printable version for those of us with Internet service issues or “oldies” who find screens hard on the eyes. Is there one and I just haven’t found it? When I try to “send to printer” from the website, the ads will place randomly and cover the information. Tried selecting and then “copy & paste” into a note taking iPad app (from which I can print) but only the text shows up. I’m going to use a bunch of screen shots but that makes for a much bigger file and when I print, will waste ink (being photos). I’d really prefer to spend my time sewing than fighting with technology. Reply
    • Sarina

      Hi Kris
      I am sorry I have no simple solution to your question. What you can do is may be paste the whole thing in a word document on google drive or something and then print – though I would prefer that you come and visit the website 🙂 Bestwishes

  9. Leonard Ezin
    It’s interesting Reply
  10. Beki
    This….THIS is what I have been looking for for TWO years….all this info right on this page…. thank you SO much!! 😀 xxx Reply
  11. Louis Enam Dzidefo
    Very informing site. Want to know more about sewing Reply
  12. Lata Sundar
    In the very first draft, should’nt A-E be 7.5 ” as per your table or as per body measurement PLUS the shoulder slope of 1″ or 1.5″? Can you please clarify? Reply
  13. nabakka hamidah
    Love everything on this site very helpfull Reply
    • Sarina
      Thank you Nabakka. Glad you found the site helpful
  14. Hamisu

    Thank You Very Much For This.
    My Question Is: What Does Mean By 3/4 Inch. It’s 3 Inch Half Of What, This Is Whats Confusing Me.

    Reply
    • Ele
      “3/4 Inch” would mean three quarters of an inch. Or 0.75 inch. or 75% of an inch.
  15. Cindy
    Thank you! I have a wonderful dress for dancing but the bodice was fitted to an alien species. Now I can replace it! Reply
  16. Joy
    Thanks slot, this is helpful Reply
  17. VIVIAN
    Nice one, keep it up. Reply
  18. Ernie
    Learning to make a dress Reply
  19. Ernie
    love the site and want to know more about making a dress Reply
  20. Jacqueline Daniel Alfred
    I was looking for how to take body measurements Reply
  21. Grace
    I love this site. Please keep the good work up . Reply
  22. Rebby signatures
    Your post has being helpful to me thumbs up, thank you Reply
  23. Mary Aku Gyimah
    I just went through your demonstrations. It’s very helpful, I will start the tutorials early in the morning. Thanks a lot Reply
  24. Kauna
    Thank you and I really love fashion design Reply
    • Kauna
      Oky ..I like your tutorials look interesting
  25. amita
    your sawing tutorials looks interesting.shall try .thanks a lot. Reply
    • Sarina
      Thanks Amita
  26. Ijeoma Elizabeth Ibenemeh
    Wow God bless you for this simple explaination Reply
    • Sarina
      Thanks Ijeoma
  27. Victory
    Thanks Reply
  28. Bhavna
    Hi looking for basic top pattern with short sleeves Reply
  29. Bhavna Narotam

    Hi
    I want to learn to sew my own clothes. Your tutorial is simply and easy to follow

    Reply
  30. Premalatha anand

    Hi
    Do you have any books published with all contents from sewguide?

    Reply
    • Sarina

      Hi Premalatha
      No; This is the book : ) Hope you will come back and refer whenever you want.

  31. Amma
    Fantastic! God bless you. Reply
  32. Omotayo
    Thank you for your tutorials. Do I still need to add seam allowance after drafting the pattern or it is already included? Reply
  33. Lorie
    From another of your posts: Could you please explain cutting on a ‘different bias’ when making your own bias tape? Do you mean make the bias angle slightly more, or less, than 45 degrees? Thanks. Reply
  34. Lorie
    Wonderful directions! Thank you! How would one go about sewing two of these tops together to make it reversible? Thanks Reply
  35. Okolo, Henrietta.k.
    Good morning ma, thank you the teaching. Please I will like to have a copy of the body basic pattern, thanks you. Reply
  36. Lucia
    Hello Sarina, thank you so much! I just checked it and you are absolutely right. I measured the AF line incorrectly – across the chest including the whole shoulders 🙂 Now I know how to fix it and I also learned what happens when the line is cut longer. The other article you refer me to is also great and very helpful. Thanks! Reply
  37. Lucia
    Hi, I really love your website with all your helpful tips. Thanks to it maybe I will finally learn to properly sew. However, trying to sew this bodice, I ended up with a nice bodice which had kind of sleeves and pulled the fabric a bit from underarm to shoulders. Is this how it should look or did I measure something wrong? On your picture of your golden bodice the shoulder straps are narrow and you added the sleeves afterwards. My shoulder straps are wider than yours including the sleeve, even though I did not add any sleeves. Is this fabric excess there on purpose or do you have any ideas what I did wrong? Reply
    • Sarina

      Hi Lucia
      Did you measure the shoulders correctly- if that is excess the shoulders will project out. I suppose that is your problem.Maybe you can follow this post for a separate view of the bodices //rosettanreedlaw.com/sundress-sewing-pattern/

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