Manipulating Darts - Bodice Front

Bodice Front Style 18

The bodice of this garment has an angular style-line (or design line) that goes from the mid-neckline of the half-block to the Bust Point and the BP to the waist. Style-lines are one of the dart equivalents. Starting with the 2-Dart Bodice Block, it requires the same dart manipulation as Style 14. (i.e. Starting with the 2-Dart Block, and pivoting the side seam dart into the mid-neck).

The difference between this style and Style 14 is:

  • it has no darts, as the darts are incorporated into the style-line
  • this style will have 2 pattern pieces rather than 1, as the style-line crosses from one edge to another through the Bust Point, and allows the bodice to be divided

Example: Outcome

Figure 1 shows Style 14 on the left and Style 18 on the right

Note: The actual pattern would need some further work (e.g. rounding the sharp corner at the Bust Point) plus seam allowance and cutting instructions added, etc.  This has not been done as here we are just covering the theory of manipulating darts.

Note

See this note about rounding the sharp corners at the Bust Point at the bottom of Style 16 which applies equally to this style.

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