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The Bella bodice block for womenswear

3 years, 5 months ago

We’ve just published a new pattern on this website: Bella, a bodice block for womenswear. It’s a block with bust and waist dart, and a waist dart at the back.

My goal when venturing into womenswear was to make one foundational block from which we could then spin out a range of different garments.

Which is why we have Breanna, which I designed from scratch. Unfortunately, it hasn’t been the end-all be-all that I — perhaps naively — hoped it would be.

For Bella, I worked with someone from the industry to implement a design that is commonly used for commercial garment making. As such, I am curious to see how this one will pan out.

My initial plan was to also make a variation with a shoulder dart at the front, to replace the bust dart, but in the end I settled for getting it released, rather than work on it longer.

Which brings me to:

I’m taking a break from womenswear

I feel like I’m expending a lot of effort here for little result. It’s getting me down, and I need a win.

I want to work on something that I can not only design, but also make and wear. Something that gives me joy, and makes me feel like I know what I’m doing.

So while I’ll still help out people who want to design for women themselves, I am taking a break from womenswear.

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