A Pattern Fundamentals Design Project: Ava Part 2


Have you been following along with the Ava design project? If you missed the first video tutorial, you can watch it HERE, it will set you up perfectly to jump right in!

 This week you'll learn how to use the contour neckline dart, rotate and divide darts and change the silhouette of your block. By the end of this tutorial you'll have completed the front bodice pattern and be all set for next weeks lesson.

If you already have a personal bodice block, I encourage you to try following along with me using your block. You'll gain the most experience and knowledge by doing so.

If you don't have a personal bodice block and want to create one, I have a very comprehensive online course that will walk you through the entire process from drafting through fitting.

⭐️ Here's what one student said about the Designed to Fit: The Bodice Block course:

"Hi Alexandra. I have finished the course, made my toile, tweaked it (only a little needed) and have just completed my second mock up and am very happy with the fit. Now on to the sleeve! I was so pleased with the course. The draft is very similar to the one I use, but all the information about truing, checking ease, adjusting for cup size etc was invaluable and my main motivation for signing up. Thank you for explaining all this so clearly!"


You can learn all about that online course HERE. This video series will be waiting for you when you've successfully completed your block.

For those of you who just want to have a bit of fun and put pattern fitting aside for the moment, I've created some scaled block patterns that you can download and print so you can still benefit from learning these valuable pattern manipulation techniques.

Download the Scaled Torso Block Pattern Set

No matter how you choose to participate, I hope you'll join me in this fun and simple design project.

Let me know if you are enjoying this project! If you’re working on the Ava pattern work along with me, show me your work! You can tag me @inhousepatterns on Instagram and Facebook and use the hashtags #Ave, #inhousepatterns #inhousepatternsstudio.

Resources Mentioned in this Video

Designed to Fit: The Bodice Block

The Bust Circle and Contour Darts:

The Bust Circle Defined
Neckline Contour Darts
Armhole Contour Darts
Strapless Contour Darts


All My Best,