As promised, a little tutorial on how to do some basic pattern blocking! This technique of course can be used with different fabrics (careful to use ones with similar properties and care!), but I love the look of blocking the same fabric with one of the blocked portions hand printed (more details of this discharged cabbage rose print top here). Pattern blocking is so simple, and has such a bold and graphic result!
- Trace your pattern front twice to create a full front pattern piece.
- Measure down 6.5″ from left shoulder and mark, and then 10″ from right side seam and mark. Draw a diagonal line from mark to mark, and then cut pattern on this line.
- Add seam allowances now (I added a 1/2″) by either taping paper to extend the top and bottom pieces along diagonal, or simply remember to add seam allowances when cutting your fabric. Be very careful to cut both pieces exactly on grain.
- Hand print top piece.
- Right sides together, baste top and bottom piece together, check placement, then sew and finish raw edges however you choose. Press well (seam allowances down).
- Trim any side seam excess, and then topstitch close to seam on bottom block.