Pivot 2 Dart Bodice Variation – Neck & French Dart

Pivot 2 Dart Bodice Variation – Neck & French Dart

Pivot 2 Dart Bodice Variation – Neck & French Dart

Learn how to transfer your bodice with a shoulder and waist dart to a bodice with a neck and French dart. Our technique makes manipulating darts easy. You will also learn how to true your darts so that you have a perfectly executed pattern. Apply this technique to create a variety of other dart variations.

The bodice sloper needed for this lesson can be found and drafted in our Pattern making lesson:Drafting a Shoulder Dart Bodice Sloper from Measurements or draped in our Draping lesson: Bodice Sloper. Or you can download and print our free graded Women’s Bodice Slopers (U.S. sizes 2-16) included in our lesson: Pivoting a Bodice Shoulder Dart to a Side Bust Dart. Use our Color Map download to help guide you with the cutting process. The UoF Global Size Chart will assist you in locating your size and size equivalent for the UK, Europe and Asia.

Module Description Step
1 Tracing the Bodice 1-7
2 Planning the Neck & French Dart 1-5
3 Manipulating the Darts 1-6
4 Trueing the Darts and Bodice 1-7
5 Finishing the Draft 1-9
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MODULE 1 • Tracing the Bodice

Step Description
1 For this lesson, you will need your front Bodice Sloper with a shoulder dart and waist dart.
2 You will also need 2 pieces of unlined white pattern paper. The first piece will measure slightly larger than your bodice. Our block measures 13” (33cm) wide x 20” (50.8cm) long. The second paper block will measure 3” (7.6cm) larger than your bodice, on all four sides. Our block measures 19” (48.3cm) wide x 26” (66cm) long.  
3A Trace off the entire bodice, including the notches, onto the smaller paper pattern block.

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