Bodice Fitting Masterclass – Weekender


Saturday 13th & Sunday 14th April

10am to 4pm, both days.

Are you often disappointed with the fit of the bodice in your handmade tops and dresses? Do you struggle to alter commercial patterns and get confused with all the conflicting advice given on YouTube? Then this is the course for you!

Over two days you will learn how to fit and alter both a darted bodice and a bodice with princess seams.* You will learn how to make the necessary pattern alterations and make up toiles for both styles to check your pattern adjustments for accuracy. We will cover how to recognise and make adjustments for your personal body characteristics, which can include (but not limited to): making small and full bust adjustments, alterations for sloping or square shoulders, sway or flat back adjustments and short/long waist amendments.


By the end of this bodice fitting masterclass you’ll have the confidence and skills to try this out on other patterns at home.

Note this workshop focuses on sleeveless bodices only, the effect on sleeves and/or bottoms may be discussed if time allows.

*Patterns used will be Butterick B6849 and B6850

Please read our class and workshop cancellation policy before booking

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This course aims to:
Demonstrate how to identify personal fit issues on a sleeveless bodice. Teach the principles and techniques to make the necessary pattern alterations.

Who this course is for?
Confident sewists who have sewn a number of garments using commercial patterns.

What will I be able to do by the end of this course?
Measure yourself correctly to select the best size pattern.
Tissue-fit pattern to assess for potential fit issues.
Identify and recognise your personal body characteristics and understand how these affect and effect fit (of the bodice).
Recognise how 2 dimensional alterations (on paper) affect and effect 3 dimensional shape (the garment).
Make fit adjustments on a toile and transfer these to pattern.
Make the pattern alterations relevant to personal fit issues, which can include, but are not limited to:
Full or small bust adjustments
Sloping/narrow or straight/wide shoulders
Short or long nape to waist
Flat or sway backs
Have the confidence to make pattern alterations to other commercial pattern styles.
Be able to ‘read’ a sewing pattern

What materials will I need for the course?
Patterns, paper and calico will all be provided. Though available in class, it is recommended you bring your own long pins, tape measure, fabric scissors, HB and 2H pencils plus coloured pens/pencils.

Please wear your ‘normal’ bra (the one you most often wear) and a tight fitting vest/sleeveless top under your normal clothes to enable accurate fitting.

Optional: bring along a top/dress you have made (and its pattern) that you have been disappointed with in terms of fit. Depending on time, we may be able to discuss specific pattern alterations.

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