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Date: 8/22/02 5:50 PM

I recently purchased the Bonfit bodice patterner.  I am not having some problems working through the manual.  Bonfit has no one there to answer questions.  They merely sell the patterns.  I don't want to give up too readily, as I think the idea is great.  Who can help?  Pamjr ???

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Date: 8/23/02 12:49 PM

Hi Pam, I am going to re-read the first lesson and then we can work on the problem.

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Date: 8/23/02 2:44 PM

Okay, I went back to the basic top and drew a quick front and back. I took photos as I went along, and I think they will help. I put them in an album called "BONFIT" at http://photos.yahoo.com/bc/minisews2/lst?.dir=/BONFIT&.view=t

When the front and back are complete, the measurement from bottom sleeve to bottom hem will be the same on both pieces.

HOwever, the measurement from shoulder to sleeve underarm are NOT the same. On my pattern, the back is one inch deeper. This is intentional, to give more ease in the sleeve back. Burda is one example of a pattern company that drafts sleeves this way. The purpose is to keep the back of the top from riding up on the neck.

When the pattern front and back are sewn together, the shoulders and side seams will match. If you lay the top flat, the back cut-on sleeve will "bubble" slightly because of the extra length. When the top is worn the bubble will disappear.

(Bonfit uses a one inch difference between back and front.  This is an average amount. Some people with round backs need more and very flat backs may need only 1/2".)

I hope this is somewhat clear-this is why I took pictures. :)

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Date: 8/23/02 2:53 PM

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This is how the pattern looks without seam allowances, which must be added. I use 1" at the side seams for fit insurance.

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Date: 8/23/02 6:50 PM

Hi, Mini,
  Thanks for your wonderful explanations and the work you did on this.  Unfortunately I could not access the photos.  They told me I had to sign-in or to get permission from you to view them.  I did sign in, but I still could not get to the pictures.  I want to see them.  This whole project is getting clearer now.  Pam
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Date: 8/23/02 7:04 PM

Pam, I forgot to make the album open to the public. You should be able to see it now.

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Date: 8/23/02 8:30 PM

:)  :)  :)  :)  :)  :)  :)  :)  :)  :)  :)  :)  :)  :)  :)  :)  :)  :)  :)

Mini, I have to thank you for all the work you did on this.  I have the blouse cut out and will work on it this evening.  I guess I understood much of the process.  Some of it was confusing though, and one wrong line can throw the whole thing off.  I think their explanations could give a little more detail at times.  Your pictures are excellent.  I hope I can call on you again, if I run into difficulties.  But I think now that I understand the process, the rest should fall into place. Thanks again, and God bless you.  Pam

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Date: 8/27/02 7:59 PM

Mini,
I just wanted to thank you again for your clear explanations and the photos.  The blouse turned out very well.
I got the second pattern made much more readily.  I'd never done any pattern drafting, and that made the first blouse so hard.  
You might want to consider putting the photos with the review of the patterner.  It might help someone else.  
Thanks again.  Pam :)

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Date: 8/28/02 4:05 PM

Pam,

Glad I could help. Posting the photos with the review is a good idea-I will do that. Your questions got me thinking about using the Bonfit more. I am going to try some of the more advanced things, like raglan sleeves and princess seams.

Maybe if you have time you could write a review too. It's always good to get more than one opinion.

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Date: 9/21/02 4:58 PM

Mini,
On the patterner there are two seperate lines to trace in for the back waist and front waist.  One is higher than the other.  Any idea why?  Everytime I use these to match up the waistline point, the two side seams don't match accurately.  In fact they're quite a bit off... like 3/4".  I'm going to check through the book again to see whats up.  Other than that, I love this tool... made lots of nice fitted garments with it.  And it saves so much drafting time that it's well worth the price.  Those big 4 patterns always give me a headache so I like doing things from scratch to match an individual body.

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