[Module 4] Create the Base Template | 4. Information Drafting a Base Template

The following two Units will take you through creating the Base Template draft step by step.

Here are a few tips to review before you begin, they are in no particular order.

  • Allow yourself a few hours of uninterrupted time to work through this and the next two Units. Then get your coffee and your brain into thinking mode!

  • It’s a good idea to ensure you have plenty of quiet time to complete a draft and if you do have to stop midway mark the step that you got to on the draft itself so that you will be able to find the last step easily.

  • Use your pencil – I am drawing in pen so that you can see the lines in my photos. But you may need to erase often so a pencil is better.

  • If you do make a mistake and use an eraser just firm up any lines that you have accidentally rubbed out.

  • It’s easier if you work through each step one at a time and not jump ahead.

  • As you work through consider the names of the lines, it’s going to keep you orientated.

  • Before drawing the line read the instruction carefully first as I have tried to give you as much help as possible in the instruction and each step has a photo.

  • Each photo shows my pen pointing at the line or mark I have just drawn so look out for that it’s going to help you compare your drafting to mine.

  • Use the ruler to try to keep measurements as accurate as possible and to draw in the lines.

  • When measuring try to get to the nearest sixteenth of an inch for accuracy.

  • When using a French curve to draw a line you need to use some logic and design assessment to determine the best portion of the ruler curve to use, experiment until you get a line you prefer prior to drawing in the line.

  • You can lightly freehand the line in first if it is a curve to get the shape you desire then firm up the line with the French Curve.

  • There are lots of perpendicular squared off lines to draw, practice drawing squared off perpendicular lines with your ruler before you begin if you need to.

  • The measurements will be taken from the second and third table on the Measurements Sheet as they have been calculated in order to create half front or half a back Base Template. You could fold back the first column to hide it as there are so many numbers it does help with your focus if you have just the numbers that you need in front of you for drafting.

  • Every time you draw a line or take note of a measurement write down the measurement on the draft in situ. It will make it easier to see what you did later if you need to check any figures.

  • If you are drawing a Guideline these can be drawn lighter than your other drafting lines if you prefer as they are not permanent lines.

  • Label all main drafted lines to help quickly assimilate the diagram at any time, the photo will indicate a good place to write them down.

  • If you need to do any calculations write them on the draft as it will help with checking later.

  • If you write any measurements, steps, labels or calculations on the draft ensure that you keep them inside the diagram, just in case you decide to cut out the template at a later stage for any reason, then you will not lose them. Sometimes it is good to look back and check what you did and the decisions that you made. My Base Template Master drafts can be so covered in notes that sometimes I have to trace it off and make a new fresh version so that I can see what is going on and progress it further

  • At the end of drafting, you could go back through and check that your measurements on your draft match the measurements on the Measurements sheet, if you check a measurement mark it with a ü so you know you have checked it off.

  • If you are drafting for someone without a bust then determine if you are going to take benefit from drafting the Princess Seam (use the Centre Dart Line to find the position of this line on the Shoulder and Lower Hip Line), also determine if you will have a Waist Dart to assist with Waist Shaping, otherwise ignore the Steps that deal with Darts as shown.

  • You are not limited to the number of notes you make on this draft, it is your draft so scribble away anything that you think will help you.

My guiding photos are taken as I draft out the Base Template for the sample measurements on the Sample Measurements Sheet. This is a for a size 10 and a draft this size can fit both Front and Back drafts on one sheet of butcher paper. You will obviously use your measurements taken (unless you want to practice draw and check what you are doing against my sample of course). As you draw out your measurements the shape you make is not going to be the same as my draft sample so the side shape and armhole and shoulder slant may come out different to mine. Remember every body is a different shape.

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