Hey y’all – today I want to go over a few parts of sewing patterns. Sometimes when you’ve been sewing for a while, you forget that words like “armscye” and “rise” as they’re used in sewing aren’t common knowledge, so today I’m going to break down the basic parts of bodices, pants and sleeve patterns – a sewing pattern vocabulary, if you will.
Let’s start with the bodice – below is a basic bodice block.
- Bodice pattern piece – basically a top for a dress or shirt
- Armscye – the curve on the bodice pieces that goes around the arm.
- Shoulder seam
- Dart – part of the fabric that is sewn together to help flat fabric mirror the three dimensional curves of the body.
- Pants Pattern
- Crotch seam – the seam that goes around the crotch in pants
- Rise – basically the same thing as the crotch seam – known as a rise because it is measured while a person is sitting and is the distance from the waist to the flat surface the person is sitting on.
- Inseam – the seam on the inside of the leg
- Outseam – the seam on the outside of the leg
- Waistline – which may or may not be at the true waist, depending on the rise of the pants
- Sleeve Pattern
- Sleeve cap – the edge that gets sewn into the armscye; also all of the sleeve above the biceps line
- Sleeve cap height – this is taller for more fitted sleeves and shorter for looser sleeves
- Underarm seams
So there you have it – basic parts of the 3 basic pattern pieces. Hopefully that helps!