Measuring for Bodice Block

The Bodice Front and Bodice Back are created separately; 12 measurements are needed to draft the Bodice Front and 11 for the Bodice Back.  They are all shown on this page; scroll down for the Bodice Back images.

Measurements Needed to Make Bodice Front

There are 12 measurements needed to create the Bodice Block Front.  A summary of these measurements is shown on the two images below.

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  1. Waist: Around the smallest part of torso.
  2. Full Length Front: From the shoulder seam line at the neckline to the waist.
  3. Upper Bust: Around the underarm area, about 2.5cm below armpit at the sides.
  4. Across Shoulder Front: From the pit of the throat to shoulder tip.
  5. Centre Front Length: From the pit of the throat to the waist.
  6. Shoulder Slope Front: From centre front waist to shoulder tip.
  7. Shoulder Length: From the neckline shoulder point to the shoulder tip.

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  1. Bust Depth: From shoulder tip to bust apex (nipple), along the Shoulder Slope line.
  2. Bust Span: From Centre Front to bust apex (nipple).   (You can measure from bust apex to bust apex then divide by two).
  3. Across Chest:  From Centre Front to armhole. (You can measure from armhole to armhole, then divide by two).
  4. Front Armhole Depth: From Shoulder Point to Upper Bust. (Click on the link to see how to best measure this).
  5. Side Length: From 2.5cm under armpit to waist.

Measurements Needed to Make Bodice Back

There are 11 measurements needed to create the Bodice Block Back.  They are shown on the two images below. 

To get more details about a particular measurement, click on the link to be taken to the relevant Terminology page.

Click on any image to see a larger version. Click near the bottom of the image.

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  1. Waist: Around the smallest part of torso.
  2. Full Length Back: From Neck Shoulder Point to Waist.
  3. Upper Bust (Arc): Around the armhole area.
  4. Centre Back Length: From the prominent vertebra at the back of the neck to waist.
  5. Across Shoulder Back: From Centre Back to Shoulder Tip.  (Measure from shoulder tip to shoulder tip, then divide by 2).
  6. Shoulder Slope Back: From Centre Back Waist to Shoulder Tip.

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  1. Back Neck: From the prominent vertebra at the back of the neck to Shoulder Point.
  2. Shoulder Length: From Shoulder Point to Shoulder Tip. 
  3. Across Back: From Centre Back to Armhole line.
  4. Side Length: From 2.5cm under armpit to waist.
  5. Dart Placement: Where it suits your body. There are general guides given.

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FYI

The numbering on the diagram does not match the description shown for the bodice back. For Example #7 says Shoulder Length: From Shoulder Point to Shoulder Tip. but the diagram #7 is back neck.

Bajangal
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Thanks for bringing that to my attention, I have fixed it.

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