In my last post (what was that? A few hours ago?) I mentioned that some of the measurements for my Fancy Pants were too snug for me as they were taken last year. So I decided it was high time to re-draw my bodice sloper based on a more up-to-date “me”. Instead of going with my sewing school’s regular method of sloper drafting, I attempted to use the drafting method of the Bunka Fashion College. This is a Japanese sewing school and they have an English translation of their entire series of pattern drafting books. Yay! But first, the measurements:
The Bunka sloper is interesting because it calculates the dimensions of the bodice sloper based on functions/formulae involving the bust and centre back measurements. It’s too complicated to explain here, and I had quite a headache after all the drafting. I should look out for some kind of software/computer programme that can do this for me.
Anyway, after all the math, we should end up with a back bodice with a shoulder dart and a front bodice with a bust dart, all ready for dart manipulation.
The 1/4 scale bodice draft was so much work, and I have yet to draw a full scale bodice sloper which I can actually use to draft usable sewing patterns. But I’m feeling really motivated because now I have the means to attempt the glorious Japanese patterns in my copies of Lady Boutique magazine. All of which make use of the funky Bunka-style sloper with the shoulder and bust dart. A rainbow at the end of the storm, really.