Brian body block: Designer Notes

Brian is FreeSewing’s foundational body block for menswear. It underpins many of our designs and has done so for many years.

It is inspired by the teachings of Gareth Kershaw, but has a number of improvements such as handling shoulder slope, the ability to shift the shoulder seam backward and forward on both collar and shoulder side, as well as a highly configurable sleevecap.

Perhaps just as important as what it does, is what it does not do: It does not fit the body. It’s just straight down from the chest. No fitting of the waist whatsoever.

This is intentional to make it easier to extend this design in a variety of styles.