Finishing the Block
Viola! Cello! You’re done! As a best practice, any time you make a block (or pattern) you should label the block with what it is, who it’s for, and the date it was drafted. I’ve labelled beneath the block for readability here, but in future demos you’ll see a block labelled “Basic Conic Block, Brenda, 06/10”. The date is most important when drafting for humans, who tend to change dimension over time. (I have something around 62 patterns for the same basic ren corset for myself, for example, because of my little yo-yo diet habit.)
As you go forward, it’s always easier to re-check the fit of a block (or re-draft the block) than to make a fully boned corset and then have to alter it. Poster board is cheap, and really fast for mock-up purposes. A fully boned corset in a lovely silk-linen blend, hand-bound with silk bias, which then flat-out refused to close is expensive and really annoying to alter…..
|Your Armscye ends up above your bustline….||Recheck your Nape->Bust, Nape->Waist measurements. Make sure you’ve taken them out to the level of the bust, rather than flat across the body. If you have taken the measurements correctly, don’t worry about it. Just draw the armscye up on the side line.|
|When you mark your Center Front adjustment, you need to add at the waist and remove at the bust, resulting in a big ol’ X between the Center Front and Adjustment lines….||Don’t worry – this is completely normal. Mark the midpoints, top and bottom, and draw in the New Center Front line.|
This list will be updated based on questions posted in the comments section….
The links to pages 2-5 seem to be broken … they all lead back to the start of page 1. (Same for the Part 1 entry).
Hey, wow, that’s a good point – *all* of my paginated posts are broken. I’m looking into it now.
Aaaaalllllright, then. Fixed. That took entirely too long.
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Note to the collective human knowledgebase known as the web: After upgrading to WordPress 3.0, my permalink structure (/%category%/%postname%/) with my marvelously nested category structure became too much for the wordpress/mod_rewrite engine to handle. Links within paginated posts automatically redirected to the post permalink, and all page information was stubbornly dropped from the link. On the advice of a terribly clever fellow at http://www.weberz.com/blog/2009/06/seo-experts-give-wrong-advice-wordpress-permalinks , I changed my permalink structure to /%year%/%postname%/ – still readable, faster, and most importantly, it fixes the problem.
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Where do you get such big poster board to do this for human-size? I got the standard size they sell for 99 cents at the pharmacy, and I’m a pretty tiny person, and I can’t do that with the center line. I’m going to be cutting two pieces and taping them together.
You can find larger poster board than that at most art stores – (including Hobby Lobby, Blick, Michaels, etc) and any place that caters to students (walgreens, target, kmart, walmart-even-thought-I’m-still-boycotting), and often also at JoAnn’s.
Hope that helps….
THANK YOU so much for sharing your knowledge with us. <3
And thank you for reading and commenting! :)
Hello! I have no idea if you’re still active but if you are, do you have any tips on how to turn this block into a waistcoat pattern?
The specifics depend a lot on the era that the waistcoat is for. In general, though, you’re going to be putting the center front, side front, and possibly side-back pieces together into one panel for the fronts. The center back (or center and side back, if side back was not added to the front panel) will become the back panel. Shaping generally moves to the center front seam, and possibly to the side-back seam.
That’s actually a really good question. I’ll see if I can get some time to play around with this. :)