A Pattern Fundamentals Design Project: Ava Part 3


We are smack in the middle of the Ava pattern making project. I hope you’ve been following along and actually doing the pattern work with me. Working on an actual project from start to finish is the best way to learn how to make patterns so I encourage you to jump in and try it.

If you missed the previous tutorials, just follow these links to catch up:

A Pattern Fundamentals Design Project: Ava Part 1

A Pattern Fundamentals Design Project: Ava Part 2

This week we continue the pattern work for the Ava top. Today you’ll learn two ways to manipulate the back shoulder dart and how to mimic the styling we created on front bodice on the back. Watch the video to see exactly how it's done.

For those of you who 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:

"I am so pleased with how my first muslin is fitting. I’ve learned so much in this course."


You can learn all about that online course HERE. This video series will be ready and 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 the Ava design project. If you’re working on the Ava pattern along with me, show me your work! You can tag me @inhousepatterns on Instagram and Facebook and use the hashtags #Ava, #inhousepatterns #inhousepatternsstudio.

Some additional resources that you might find interesting:

Three Ways to Manage the Back Shoulder Dart

Fitting the Back (Understanding Shape)


All My Best,