Style 01 (Back)


The bodice back of this garment has a waist dart and a neck dart.

Using the Back Bodice Block, this style is created by moving the shoulder dart into the neckline.

Example: Outcome

Figure 1 shows the block being used on the left, and the pattern that will be created (Back Style 01) on the right.

Note: The actual pattern would need seam allowance or cutting instructions added; this has not been done here we are just covering the theory of manipulating darts.


Instructions (Back Style-01) - Figure 1

In the instructions, color is used for emphasis, so you can see more easily what I am referring to.  You will be using a hard (4H-6H) pencil.

Holding the block firmly in place so it doesn't move:

  • trace the outline of the block onto paper
  • mark the dart legs
  • mark the dart points

You can lift your block up and put it aside.


Instructions (Back Style-01) - Figure 2

  • draw your dart legs (shown in red)
  • draw a line from between the two dart points (shown in blue)
  • measure down from the CB neck point for a quarter of the CB measurement, then draw a line at right angles across the block.  This is the shoulder blade level.


Instructions (Back Style-01) - Figure 3

In the image below have marked the points A, B, C & D on the block to assist in the instructions.  You do not have to write these on your block.  Note that A, C & D relate to the points where the dart leg meets the edge of the block, as shown by the arrow tips. 

  • Draw a new dart line from the neckline (point A) to meet the shoulder blade line where it meets the line that joins the two dart points (Point B).
  • Draw a line from point C to point B.
  • Cut out the block shape.
  • Cut out the shape from A to B to C.  (You will have 2 pieces).


Instructions (Style-01) - Figure 4

  • Pivot the piece (A-B-C) to close the shoulder dart (what was point C meets point D).
  • put some paper underneath in order to secure the pieces together
  • secure with sticky tape
  • true the shoulder line (shown in red)
  • draw the dart (shown in blue)


Instructions (Style-01) - Figure 5

  • Cut out again.

If this was a pattern, you would also need to add seam allowance, label, mark the grainline, etc.


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