FW Tutorial Series | Volume 1 | Issue 1 | Creating a Block Copy

Volume 1 | Issue 1 | Creating a Block Copy

Welcome the first issue in our series of tutorials for block making.You have received your chosen block…what now?

Here is step by step tutorial how to make a copy of your block.

Step 1 | Preparation

  • Roll out flat the AO sheet as soon as you receive
  • Do not leave in a roll
  • Please take care to not damage the paper
  • Leave in a safe place until you are ready to cut out

Step 2 | Cutting out the Master Block

  • Cutting is easy isn’t it? Well actually cutting is easy however being accurate isn’t.
  • Using a good pair of sharp paper scissors gently do a “rough cut” approximately 1.5cm outside the block


  • Now cut very carefully on the black line of the blocks

Step 3 | Marking the Master Block

  • Using your Pattern Awl, make a small hole at exactly the tip of each dart.
    (Make this hole only big enough for your sharp pencil to go through)

  • Optional | Notching | I do not notch my basic blocks for accuracy however if you would like to notch notch the areas your would like eg dart ends, seams, levels etc.

Step 4 | Tracing the Master Block

  • Place the blocks exactly on the edge of the cardboard.
  • Put pattern weights or anything that will not damage your block, however stop your block from moving as you trace the master block
  • Once secure take a sharp HB pencil and trace around the Master Block.

Step 5 | Transfer Markings to Block Copy

  • Using you sharp pencil mark Dart ends
  • Using a your Pattern Making ruler mark the dart ends, block levels (High Hip, Hip)
  • Use your rulers to clean up any lines, eg hip, side seam
  • Label Block replacing Fashion Work room with your name
  • Hole punch the block to hang on a pattern hook
  • Optional: professionally laminate the block.

Congratulations you have now made your first copy!

 Fashion Workroom Tips

  • Good quality paper scissors.
  • Do not not rush this, do it once.
  • Accuracy in every step.
  • File away your Master Block so it is very good condition when you need to re produce a new block
  • I keep my blocks in a clear plastic garment bag for protection.

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Next tutorial coming..

Volume 1 | Issue 2 | Creating a Personal Pattern from a Basic Block