I can use a pattern to sew. I can even do teensy alterations on a pattern. But, I have always wanted to expand my options. Over the past few months I have toyed with the idea of trying to make a basic sloper for patterns.
When I look at my two current favorite sewing books,, I see so many options of altering a sloper to change the look of a pattern. My problem is I don't have a sloper!
I have looked at many different websites on this issue
- Sunni from A Fashionable Stitch is going to do a whole series on slopers--here is the first post.
- Madalynne has three posts on slopers so far, and she plans to do a whole set of the basics! Here is her first post on the topic
- A site with lots of help with fitting issues and ease once a sloper is constructed
- Burdastyle's got general ones as well as custom ones
- Leenas.com has instructions and technical drawings for making a sloper
- One successful site with step by step instructions on making a sloper (with one minor mistake)
- Looking at everything this site has to offer, I think this may be the #1 site for me to use. It does home decor as well.
...and then the site I used to make my first sloper. I am unsure if the sloper instructions are wrong, or if I did a calculation wrong, or if I did a measurement wrong, but it is bad in so many different ways. See below.
|Initially, it doesn't seem too bad. There's a weird angle to the shoulder, and it goes far past the waist, but...|
|Wait, what? Why is the side bust dart NOWHERE near where it should be? My finger is pointing to the apex of the bust. It's a good 3" too low AND it is more than 1" away from the apex.|
|Wow....Just wow. When I was doing all of the measurements and drawing, I thought the angle of the should looked a little steep, but I went with it because I didn't know any better. Also, we're a good 1" away from even pretending to touch the seam.|
|I can't decide if the gigantic armhole is more sad to look at, or if the gaping at the bust area is. Perhaps if the dart weren't 3" too low I may not have gaping, but that doesn't save the armhole.|
I decided to try Pattern-making.com's instructions next. We'll see how they go.
Any other tips or useful links for a novice drafter?