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Date: 6/16/08 1:38 PM

I recently came across a pattern for a sloper (I think that's what it's called) in the McCalls patterns. I purchased it since it was during a dollar sale. I'm wondering if you more experienced sewers think they are important to make and alter. Or do you just find that making muslins for the more detailed patterns you use work better?

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Date: 6/16/08 1:40 PM

I just did the same thing. I picked up the Vogue sloper over Memorial Day Weekend when it was 3.88. I also picked up 1 inch gingham with my 40 % coupon.

Want to work on them together?
Salinda

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Date: 6/16/08 10:49 PM

I think working on a sloper helps in learning what your fitting/alteration needs are. A sloper can then be used to draft your own patterns which can be fun.
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Date: 6/16/08 10:55 PM

I've never totally understood how these work -- they're only sold in individual sizes, right -- so what do you do if you're a, well, conglomerate of more than one pattern size?

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In reply to Vintage Joan

Date: 6/16/08 11:07 PM

Buy the pattern that is most like the majority of your measurements if possible. The pattern instructions will walk you thru any necessary alterations from there.

I did make (and review) the Butterick sloper and I used it (with the ease removed) for my dress form cover after I padded her out. I really did learn a lot about my body and how to alter to fit it from this pattern. It was a very educational experience and I would highly recommend it for this.

It's also great for flat-pattern alterations, as once you have the sloper constructed, comparing various parts to your garment pattern is very easy.

I'm still a big muslin user, but the sloper definitely was worth the time and effort. AND it made a FABULOUS cover for my form, as it truly is very close to my actual body.

Eve

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