Right now, we’ve done a really good job with the shoulder, but we need to put some extra velcro in place to handle the center of the body.
Place a single velcro at the princess line on the other side of the body. This one doesn’t have to be as exact – it’s just going to help hold things.
Place a velcro across the front of the body right at the base of the beck, from the shoulder-tip velcro to the opposite princess line velcro.
In the back of the body, place a velcro across the widest part of the upper shoulder, from shoulder-tip velcro to the single princess line.
I keep saying “to the single princess line”, but I’ve clearly gone all the way across the body with my velcros. That just makes it easier for my eye to associate the velcro with where I’d normally take a measurement. If you’re concerned about wasting velcro, you don’t have to go all the way across.
Finish outlining the neck in front with a velcro that connects the new chest line with the shoulder velcros, at the outside edge of the neck.
Continue over the shoulder to the back. This line will probably angle as it crosses the shoulder. That’s ok – that’s just the shape of the body informing our draft.
Now we can start the center front line on the body. In a perfect dreamy-dream world, your center front line will live completely inside the right side of the body. If you’re not comfortable sighting the edge of the velcro and you’d rather just center the darned thing, don’t worry – we’ll be fitting this thing when it’s done, and you can just adjust CF then if it’s a hair off.
Bring this line down and tap it in to the bust, waist, and both hip velcros.
Important: DO NOT squash this velcro flat to the body. It should not pull the bust line velcro in at all. The measurement of the center of the body is often shorter than the measurement of the body over the bust, especially if you’ve got big boobs.
Here’s the front of the body right now.
If you have an asymmetrical figure and are drafting both sides, double up this center front velcro. You’ll have two velcros, side by side, with the exact center of the body where they meet.
Next we’re putting in a cross-front velcro, from shoulder tip to the single princess line.
This should be placed at about the middle of the deltoid muscle.
Since this stand is conveniently armless, you can see that there’s a different between where the bust line hits the side of the body, and the actual area where the arm should join the body. To know exactly where the arm is and avoid distorting all future armscyes drafted from this bugger, we’re going to need a velcro right up under the arm.
next: finishing the armscye, side, and back neck