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Date: 11/6/13 4:21 PM

I recently started a pattern drafting course at my local fabric shop. Are there any other PR members who are developing their body slopers?

We're working with Connie Crawford's pattern drafting book, although I re-did my first draft this morning from Helen Armstrong's text.

My goal is to develop a fitted sloper this fall, and then another one later next spring (I am losing weight). I will take the second sloper to New York to have a customized dress form made.

I plan to develop some TNT patterns for basic tops, skirts, and pants off of my sloper. In the meantime I can still use my sloper pattern to compare with the commercial ones and make the necessary adjustments.

Through the drafting process I have noticed I have very square shoulders, barely any sloping.

Is there anyone else who would like to join me on this journey?

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Date: 11/7/13 2:12 PM

Good for you on taking a class and making professional slopers! I would love to take a course someday, but in the meantime I have made slopers from taking apart RTW and from successful commercial patterns that worked for me, with alterations. I make mine from freezer paper and they are so helpful. I have pants, skirt, princess seam bodice, and a couple others. I use them for either constructing a simple garment from the slopers alone, or altering commercial patterns. What material are your slopers made from? Best of luck and please post a pic of your dress form when you get it!

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Date: 11/8/13 8:26 AM

I'm interested in joining. I want to work on some pants, and I think drafting might be the way to go. I also have an old Magic-Fit drafting set I found at the thrift shop and want to experiment with it.

Add to that a couple different drafting books and I think I could have a fun experience.

I have a pair of pants I thought fit perfectly and wanted to reproduce until my son took photos of my backside yesterday and told me "it" was looking frumpy. I just don't fill out the pants anymore in the back...only the tummy...geez.

Those darn butt wrinkles.

So yea, starting next week, I'm in (heading out on a trip this weekend.)

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Date: 11/8/13 9:19 AM

We are initially drafting on gridded easel paper (although I made the mistake of buying 1" lined). Then we'll be cutting out our patterns with 2" seam allowances on muslin. The instructor will then pin-fit our patterns so we have an almost skin tight sloper (little to no ease).

Once we have fitted muslin slopers we will take those apart and transfer markings onto oak tag, although my paper is more like a heavier manila envelope weight (purchased from DB art supplies online).

In the second series of our course we will draft pants and a skirt (this will be in January- February).

I have friends who are in the middle of the personalized dress form process, they are expecting to pick up their final forms in the next few weeks.

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Date: 11/8/13 9:22 AM

Annette,

Great to have you along! My instructors name is Annette and we have another Annette in the class. Looks like you were meant to be a part of this sew-along!

Even though I've drafted patterns before (only with half scale forms though) it's still hard just looking at my pattern and visualizing how it'll fit. My front shoulder slope, rather the lack thereof, is quite different from my back bodice. I have been through the pin fitting process with a tailored jacket but I find myself hesitant sometimes to just trust the measurements.

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Date: 11/8/13 9:34 AM

I'm with you Ming, literally! I'm in that class too! I haven't tried the Armstrong book and won't be around this weekend to try but I'm pretty impressed with the progress we're making. I'm going to take the pants class too.

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Date: 11/9/13 1:02 PM

Hi there, classmate! LOL!

Okay, let's do this together!!

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Date: 11/11/13 9:46 AM

I'm going to start working on this today by taking a good set of measurements...which really won't be perfect as I just was on a short trip this past weekend and ate like there was no tomorrow, so I have about 5 extra pounds of bloat on me. At least the waist measurement is an easy one to take by oneself. I'll have my husband do all the tricky ones for me.

A short while back I found this blog which had a very concise measuring technique and list which I plan on following. Her whole fitting series is definitely one for us all to read and work with.

Strikes My Fancy - Pattern Fitting Series

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Date: 11/12/13 11:14 AM

I'd like to join in. I'm currently working on a bodice block and want to do a pants block soon.

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Date: 11/12/13 2:01 PM

Thanks Annette! I wrote that series and appreciate you sharing it. It's also here on Pattern Review with week by week posting links.

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