Drafting Patternmaking Blocks

Scroll down for links to the videos with instructions for taking measurements and for drafting the Bodice Block, Sleeve Block and Pants Block.

Block Outline with example of Step-by-Step InstructionsPatternmaking Tools

To draft your own blocks you need:

  • card paper
  • hard pencil (eg 3H or 4H)
  • square ruler
  • your measurements
  • scissors

You will need to make a toile from the finished block, fit the toile, and make any changes required to the block.

You can then use your blocks to make your own patterns.

If you are new to patternmaking, the following article may be useful:

Where do I start? How do I learn patternmaking?

Suggested Reading:

If you have reached this page and don’t know what a Block is, the following articles will help you:

Step-by-Step Instruction Videos for Drafting Blocks (Bodice, Sleeve & Pants)

Click on the images below to be taken to video page. 

Measurements for Drafting Pants

Instructions on taking the measurements for the Pants Block are included in the Pants Video Part 1.

Drafting the Bodice Block (Imperial Version)

Drafting the Bodice Block (Metric Version)

Drafting the Sleeve Block

Drafting the Pants Block

2 Responses

  1. Thank you for your detailed explanations and step by step instructions to create all the basic blocks that are needed for pattern making. It is a selfless gesture on your part to make these available free of charge to whoever wants to learn.

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