Instructions: Torso Front

As noted in the introductory (preliminary) page, the Torso Block is just a shorter version of the Extended Line Dress block with a couple of modifications to the waist darts.  (The Extended Line Dress Block was created using  the Bodice and Skirt Blocks).

Torso Block Front - Instructions Figure 1

  1. Trace your EL Dress Block from the hip the hipline at CF around to the hip line on the side seam.
  2. Transfer the markings of the three darts; use an awl to push holes through all the dart points and the dart-width points.  These are indicated by red dots on the image.
  3. Remove the block and draw the hipline/hemline.
  4. Redraw the side seam dart and the small waist dart, using the marks transferred from the ELD Block. Don't draw the larger dart; this will be changed.


Torso Block Front - Instructions Figure 2

  1. Measure in at the side seam waist for 0.75-inch, and mark. 
  2. Measure in at the side seam at the hip line for 0.75-inch and mark.
  3. Redraw the side seam: a straight line from the bottom leg of the side seam dart to the waist, and a curved side seam from the waist to the hip.  The new curve should be the same as the old; you can use your ELD Block and trace that curve by placing it on top of the traced Torso outline.
  4. Reduce the large dart by 0.75-inch, making sure the centre point remains the same.
  5. Redraw the waist dart with the reduced width, with the dart ending 5.7-inches below the waist.
  6. Cut the block shape out from the cardboard.
  7. Label and notch the block, draw the grainline and mark the CF.



  • After you have made both Front & Back, you will need to check the side seam lengths.
  • This Torso Block is for garments with sleeves.  Note that when making sleeveless garments, garments with cutaway armholes or low necklines, you will need to make adjustments. See the section on Contouring; if you have already marked the Bodice Block with contour markings, you can just transfer them to this block.

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