Now we’re going to start setting up for the princess line. You’ll need enough velcro to go from the lowest hip line to the shoulder. Pass through the bust point, which is the central point on the bust (optimistically, your nipple, depending on age, size, and shape).
This passes over the middle of the shoulder. You could measure for greater accuracy if you’re not comfortable sighting it, but that would add math into the process.
Smack the velcro straight down onto the two hip vecros. If you’re following along closely, you’ll notice that I’m off the princess line of the form – there’s shaping in her center panel, which is just mean. (Because I feel for seams when draping, that’s why.)
Don’t stretch the vecro so tight under the boob.
You want to be able to push it right to the body underneath. This comes in in a later step
And make sure all of your vertical to horizontal velcro joins are square!
Now come around the back of the body with the velcro.
And find the median point of the shoulder. That will appear to be off to the side on most bodies, because the body curves in abruptly from the wingbone to the side. Drop straight down to the waist.
In a perfect world, the velcro won’t have a bunch of buckles in it. If it’s fighting you and wants to be all roller-coster between joins, you may be forcing things. Check to make sure that all you horizontal lines are level, and that your verticals aren’t drifting from side to side.
Now, run another velcro the exact same length as the first, right next to it. For me, it was most intuitive to run the first to the outside of the body and the second to the inside. Your mileage may vary. Do what feels right.
next: shoulder measurements