New Block Draft for the Anti-Math Crowd

What if I said you could draft a torso block without all those pesky maths and measurements?  Would you laugh? Cry?  Call me crazy?  Would you help me test it?  Would you give me some advice?  Here’s the sitch…

This paper mockup was made without measurements, math, or ease.

This paper mockup was made without measurements, math, or ease.

I’ve been wanting to put together something more advanced than the basic conic block for a while now – something that addresses the upper torso and can serve as a base for later periods.  I’d been working in my normal sort of uber-mathsy direction, but my students have politely informed me that they really don’t like math as much as I do.  Also, they kinda think that my love of fractions is abnormal.  There’s a definitely preference for “physically inherent geometry” (ahem – folding) in the world today.

So, ok, fine, I get it….  No math.  No reading of a measuring tape.  No eighths of inches.  No imperial/metric debate.  No built-in assumptions about what shape you should be.  No ease, because it’s just not helpful for historical work.  No problems.  I’m guessing there will be some takers.  ;)

I'm still fussing with the armscye - I know where I went wrong and how to make it right.

It’s not 100% finished yet. I’m still fussing with the armscye – I know where I went wrong.

Paper is one of the least forgiving materials to use for a mockup, so I feel like this went relatively well.  It’s at a point where it’s trivial to alter to get the right fit, but it’s also pretty trivial to fix the method.

The back technically went better than the front at the arm, but the front error pulls it off.

The back technically went better than the front at the arm, but the front error pulls it off.  Start to finish time for the first attempt was about 40 minutes, which seems long, but I was taking pictures as I went.

Here’s my question for you, denizens of the interwebs: Is this the kind of thing where I should make a FaceBook page/group or a Google circle thing so people can share their experiences/pictures?  I would like to get feedback from people using the method once I finalize it and get it posted, but I am, like, Little Miss Social Media Impaired over here. What’s the most convenient forum for you all?  Or am I just being silly-pants?  What do I want to do here?

19 thoughts on “New Block Draft for the Anti-Math Crowd

  1. Ashley says:

    I’d join the crap out of a Facebook group

    7 months ago | Reply

  2. centuriessewing - Jenn says:

    Just now seeing this, I’m willing to be a test hamster for it!

    6 months ago | Reply

  3. LadyD says:

    I’ve tried draping on my dress form double with baking paper before…that’s even more disobedient than normal paper. lol!

    5 months ago | Reply

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