3. Pattern Work: Dress Trunk.

Drafting a basic block to fit a size 8-10 model Bust-88cm Waist-69cm Hip-95cm…..plus as my design is long & flowing from the arms, a 170-175cm tall model would be fab! A close fit required as this is a halter design. I just love how this shape shows of the shoulders & flatters the bust….& being a practical Capricorn….felt….well it can be warm to wear. Darts for extra close fit into armhole & neck lines. Plus this makes the side front bodice ‘wing’ out to make room for my felting design of the tree trunk wrap branches.

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Checking the shape & fit on the mannequin.

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SHRINK RATES!!!! This is felting!! Depending on your fibres, they shrink different amounts. I’m using a pre-felt base so I know I have an average shrink rate of 35%. This added length & width is added from a mid point on the pattern & radiate outs. The green lines are base size (finished), & red lines are enlarged size by 35%. This is my work piece for laying out the felt & keeping it to the pattern so it fits the body. Maths…ahhhhhhhh does my head in, but it has to be done…..I like practical maths, at least I can see what is happening! (calculator is well used)

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