Princess Bodice

Princess Bodice

Princess Bodice

This lesson will teach you how to drape a princess bodice. You will learn how to prepare the dress form and how to measure, block and press your muslin pieces, so that you can begin draping your bodice, using the dress form’s princess lines as your style lines.

The princess bodice contours to the body and is filled with future design possibilities. Whether you choose to wear this bodice as a top, or join it to a skirt, this silhouette is very popular especially for dresses and in evening wear.

Once you have successfully mastered this lesson, learn more about princess stylelines by viewing our Princess Sundress lesson.


Module Description Step
1 Lesson Prep 1-4
2 Extract Measurements 1-6
3 Prepare Muslin Blocks 1-6
4 Measurement & Mark Guidelines 1-12
5 Center Front Panel: Draping 1-7
6 Center Front Panel: Marking & Trueing 1-18
7 Side Front Panel: Draping 1-9
8 Side Front Panel: Marking & Trueing 1-26
9 Center Back Panel: Draping 1-10
10 Center Back Panel: Marking & Trueing 1-12
11 Side Back Panel: Draping 1-14
12 Side Back Panel: Marking & Trueing 1-27
13 Final Steps 1-7
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Step Description
1 Apply style tape to the dress form to establish the bust level. Tape from the left apex to the side seam on the right side of the dress form.
2 Place style tape along the front princess line from shoulder line to waistline.
3A On the back, measure the neck to the waist and divide that by 4” (10.2cm). The top fourth is the shoulder blade level.
3B Style tape the shoulder blade level from center back to the armhole ridge. Make sure that your guideline is parallel to the floor.
4 Place style tape along the back princess line from shoulder to waist.


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