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Drafting the Bodice (Part 4 of the Draft Your New Favourite T-Shirt Pattern Series)

We are onto part 4 of the t-shirt pattern drafting series. So far we have gathered our suppliestaken our measurements and performed some of the necessary calculations we will need to draft the pattern. Now we will be using our calculated measures to draft the bodice of our t-shirt.

The calculations worksheet has a diagram of the pieces we are going to be drafting. All you have to do it use your calculated measures to create a to-scale version of the pattern pieces. To watch me walk you through the process, check out my video below.


Just a note about the video, the first line I draw IS perpendicular to the edge of my page, but it doesn’t look like it because of the perspective from the camera angle.

How did you find the drafting process? Was it easier than you expected? Do you have any questions? I’d love to see your bodice patterns! To share your questions or comments, comment below. If you have pictures you’d like to share, join our Facebook group, email me or use our Instagram hashtag #appletreedraftatee.

Once you’ve finished your bodice, your ready to move on to drafting the sleeve.

2 Comment

  1. I really enjoyed listening to your first 3 podcasts Eastlyn – and I especially have to thank you for the reminder about the British Sewing Bee (I too am a huge fan hailing from Victoria BC)! I was listening to you talk about the Bee using it to reference your information re Butterick patterns and suddenly I realized it would be on in 15 minutes! So I wanted to drop you a quick thank you before it comes on 🙂 I would love to listen to you interview some other Canadian pattern designers or fabric sellers – I think you would do a great job of it and probably enjoy the process yourself 🙂

    1. Hello! Thanks so much for getting in touch! I really appreciate hearing from actual people who listen to my podcast.
      I might try to book some interviews if my podcast gets more popular. It’s funny you say that because I feel like right now there are so many great interview podcasts out there focused around sewing or crafting, and my next episode is actually about my favourite sewing podcasts.
      What other podcasts do you listen to? I’ll be looking for some listener recommendations to add to the next episode 🙂 It can be sewing related or not if you’d like to share.

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