I hope you enjoyed the skirt series and the knit t-shirt series and are ready to move on to something a little bit more challenging. The next series will cover shirts. We're going to draft a basic bodice from measurements and then move into how to adjust it for different types of shirts and blouses. So, we'll go from a very basic t-shirt to a button-down blouse perfect for jeans or paired with the skirt you made. In between the drafting and construction of our shirts, I'll show you how to alter the key problem areas to ensure a perfect fit. We'll also be looking at how to construct the blouse to ensure it is well made. In today's video and blog post, I'll cover the measurements for drafting a custom fit bodice.
Taking Bodice Measurements
The first thing we need to do is draft our basic bodice. That means you'll need to grab your measuring tape, a well-fitting bra or undergarment you normally wear with your shirts and a pencil or pen. Having accurate measurements is the key to a well-fitting garment so you will want to get help with taking your bodice measurements. It's always a good idea to slip into something that fits close to the body to take measurements. I like to wear a close-fitting tank top with a supportive bra underneath. Before taking Measurements:
1. High Bust: _______
2. Full Bust: _______
3. Front Bust: _______ (subtract your front bust from your full bust to get your back bust)
4. Back Bust: _______
5. Waist: _______
6. Across Shoulders: _______
7. Neck to Waist (front): _______
8. Nape to Waist (back): _______
9. Shoulder to CF at elastic: _______
10. Shoulder to CB at elastic: _______
11. Armscye to Waist (side seam): _______
12. Armscye Depth: _______
13. Neck: _______
Do the following math for the Front Bodice
Example: My under bust is 32” ÷ 4 = 8
1. Under Bust ÷ 4 = ________ (we are using the final quarter measurement)
2. Full Bust ÷ 4 = _________ (we are using the final quarter measurement)
Place elastic around your waist before taking the following:
3. Waist ÷ 4 = _________ (we are using the final quarter measurement)
4. Full Front Length: Shoulder to Elastic at Waist: _______ (measure from high shoulder point, which is at the shoulder closest to your neck)
5. Center Front Length: ________ (measure from the center front to the elastic)
6. Underarm Length: _________ (measure 1” below your underarm to your elastic at waist)
7. Shoulder Length: _______
Printable version of the measurement sheet.
If you have any questions about the measurements for drafting a custom fit bodice let me know in the comments section.
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Math and I never get along so this does look a little daughting... my experience with sewing is some pretty basic quilt patterns... but! You’ve inspired me to maybe uncover my sewing machine again and try something new!! 🙂
Interesting! I never knew that! I am sure that is helphul for everyone.
And just when you thought math class was useless! Nope! Measure twice and cut once comes to mind. Great tips!
This is great info! I’m just getting back into sewing and need to refresh my memory.
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Wow! You are clearly an expert at what you do! I am very limited in my sewing abilities, but you break it down so well. Thanks for sharing your expertise!
I really enjoyed reading how to take measurements for drafting a custom fit bodice. Clothes look so much nicer when they are tailored to our own body.
Hmmm. I thought about learning to sew. This site is exactly what I need
This is very helpful. I do alot of sewing and often make things for my kids. But it's always a lot of guess work, trial and error when creating a pattern.
This is a bit tricky, but you made a very clear guide about this.. Definitely helpful. Thanks for sharing..!
This is so helpful! I struggle with measurements so much!!