The Bella bodice block for womenswear

January 17, 2021
Remember when we were allowed to go outside?

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 โ€” perhaps naively โ€” 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.

written byJoost De Cock

Joost is FreeSewing's maintainer. As an introvert, he enjoys making clothes and shoes since you don't have to leave the house to do so ๐Ÿ™ˆ

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