Drafting a Child Bodice

Size Guide

Learn how to draft your own pattern blocks or slopers for kids. A bodice block is a flat replica of a body that is the basis for any pattern for the upper body. By adding ease and stylelines to your block, you can design any style. 

**Please read carefully. Due to the digital nature of this product, refunds cannot be offered after enrollment **

After this course, you'll be able to:

  • Draft a bodice block and sleeve block for any size 18m -14years from either standard measurements or your child's measurements
  • Add seam allowances to that block
  • Start the process of adapting your blocks to design shirts, dresses and tops.

This course comes with:

  • 4 Lessons, each with video, that walk you step-by-step through the process of drafting a bodice and sleeve
  • Downloadable and printable measurement charts in standard and metric measurements
  • Downloadable and printable drafting guides
  • Recommended resources for further study


Do I need any special software for this course?

Nope. While I do cover how to draft in Adobe Illustrator in the course, you can absolutely use paper and a ruler to do the same thing.

Will I be able to launch my own pattern business after this course?

Probably not. The course doesn't cover how to scan paper patterns to digitize, how to format your patterns to print for PDF patterns, or how to take the one size you draft and grade that to multiple other sizes - basically all the things covered in my other course, and all things you'd need to know to offer high quality professional PDF patterns.

I want to draft (pants, skirts, jackets, for women, etc) not a kids bodice. Are there more courses available?

Currently the answer is no. Though I do have plans for future courses in these areas, I will also be waiting to see how this one does before I commit more time to developing them.

This course and its materials are copyrighted. Materials cannot be shared with friends or other people under US copyright laws. Enrolling in the course entitles the purchaser to view/download the materials, but you cannot share the course. Each student should purchase their own virtual "seat" in the class.  

Sizing Information
Women’s patterns are drafted for a height of 5'6" and a C cup (smaller half of letter size range) or D cup (larger half of letter size range) and cover the following range of body measurements

High bust 28-49 inches, 71-124cm
Bust 31-53 inches, 79-135cm (with instructions for pattern specific full bust adjustments)
Waist 24-48 inches, 61-122cm
Hips 34-55 inches, 86-149cm

For specific measurements for any women's pattern, please check the pattern listing. 

Below is the sizing guide I use when designing children's patterns. Please note that these measurements refer to your child, not to any measurements on the finished pattern.

Make sure to check the specific pattern you're interested in for which sizes are included. 
Children's sizes, Blank Slate Patterns sewing patterns