Noble body block: Sewing Instructions
A block is a basic shape on which other patterns are based. They are sometimes also called slopers, although purists will argue that a block and a sloper are different things.
Blocks are typically not made as-is but rather serve as a basis for other patterns so the instructions below will not go in depth about closures or finishes and are for the default Noble block.
Noble is based on the Bella body block
- Sew the front inside to the front outside, good sides together.
- Sew the back inside to the back outside, good sides together.
- Close the back darts.
- Sew the front to the backs at the shoulders, good sides together.
- Sew the front to the backs at the side seams, good sides together.
If you are making adjustments you may wish to sew the seams wrong sides together to make them easier to adjust.
- Try it on and check the fit by pinning the back closed whilst wearing it.
- Make any alterations and try it on again.
- Repeat until you are happy.
If you do not have someone to help with pinning, you may find it easier to cut the front part in two with seam allowance rather than on a fold and sew the back seam up so that you can pin in the front when trying on.
Keep an eye out for anything you keep doing whilst wearing the mock-up, are you pulling it down? Constantly adjusting the shoulder? etc. Things like these are signs of where the pattern may need adjusting.
Sometimes you may need to wear the mock-up for an extended amount of time to get a better sense of the fit so don’t be afraid to walk around in it for a couple of hours.
Remember to treat Noble as a basis rather than a final product, so adjust what you need to get the desired look. For instance:
- Change the neck line
- Add/change the closure allowances
- Alter the princess seam placements
- Alter the back dart placements.
- Add a collar
It is all up to you! Experiment and go forth!
- Once happy with all your changes unpick your mockup and make a paper pattern based off of it.
- Now you have a pattern you can use to produce a garment.
It is best practice to make a paper pattern from the mock-up if you have made any alterations, as this will allow you to clean up any lines but also means you have a pattern that you can keep producing garments from.