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Date: 10/1/12 3:30 PM

Finally, went to the store and bought me a fitted shell pattern/sloper. Problem is I want to take the dart out of it...is it ok to do that with the sloper? I know, lots of people like darts but that's something I fail at miserably! Is there any tips or tricks that I should keep in mind while I attempt my first sloper?

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Date: 10/1/12 4:26 PM

You can, eventually, convert the darts into princess seams, but that's a bit of a pain when you're trying to fit a sloper...


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Date: 10/5/12 7:56 PM

You really need to leave the darts the way they are so you can get the fit you need in a sloper. Once you get your sloper to fit you can use it to make a muslin and then play around with the darts on the muslin.
The sloper is a blueprint of your body.

Since you are not ging to wear the sloper, don't worry about darts that are not sewn perfectly.
-- Edited on 10/5/12 7:58 PM --

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Date: 10/7/12 5:37 PM

I'm with Ada on this one (the sloper needs darts to fit properly). I do historical costuming for an era that never, ever uses darts in the clothing--and even WE put darts in when we're draping!

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The sloper is a blueprint of your body


Yes, this.It should fit all of your contours smoothly and snugly, like a second skin--and you're not going to get a flat piece of fabric to smooth over your curvy human body perfectly without putting tucks or darts in somewhere. But the good news is, you don't need to keep them!

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Date: 10/28/12 9:40 PM

I am curious which pattern you bought. I have tried to find a plus size one with no luck.

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Date: 10/29/12 10:22 AM

Butterick lists plus size slopers tho you may have to order thru them as I doubt most stores carry them. Coni Crawford's website has plus size bodice blocks also.

Butterick Misses to size 22 5627
Butterick Womens to size 32W 5628
-- Edited on 10/29/12 10:28 AM --

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Date: 10/29/12 6:41 PM

I think you will find it really worthwhile making a sloper. I have just got my (well used) sloper pattern pieces out of storage again to check the width and length of the pattern pieces of a dress I am working on.

Once you have got the fit tweaked it is really easy to lay any pattern piece over the top of the sloper pattern to see if you need to make any major adjustments. I dont see why I should have to do loads of measuring every single time and love the ease of doing a few quick checks.

It wont fix every fitting issue as of course each pattern comes with its own quirks. But it helps teach you a lot about a range of measurements and made me a lot more confident in what most of my main fitting issues are. Best of luck with your project!

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Date: 10/29/12 7:07 PM

Even though this is a somewhat old post, I'll interject something here. I don't think you should take out the dart. Why? Because it's a foundation for other things such as princess seams, shoulder darts, etc. I took a pattern making class here on PR and that bust dart was invaluable in helping me to identify how patterns are drafted. You can always rotate it to somewhere else once you get your main sloper finished, but I strongly feel you should keep it in for now.

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Date: 11/5/12 12:15 PM

FYI. My neighborhood group did a sloper using saran wrap. None of us had done this before so we can improve on the process next time we try it.
I learned that I have a much more rounded back than I thought I had.

Another thing I learned about this process...I should have copied the saran wrap sloper onto paper right away. After a few days the saran wrap started coming loose particularly around the neck area. We didn't use small enough strips in that area.
Maybe some tape would have helped?

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