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Message Board > Sew Alongs > European Cut 2010 ( Moderated by CarolynGM, Deepika)

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European Cut 2010
other sloper drafting methods welcome too!
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Date: 4/30/10 0:11 AM

So is anyone interested in getting their slopers drafted, sewn and fit? There was a European Cut sewalong three years ago, but many of the links are inactive, and it would be fun to do this with a live group. My goal is to be done with my first bodice and skirt muslin by this Monday and a self-designed dress complete by June. Please join me!

Here is a link if you would like the book and don't own it.

http://www.vestisbooks.com/

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Date: 4/30/10 7:37 AM

I might be interested in joining as I have this book but have barely taken a look at it.

I'll get the book out and start taking a look at the bodice section. I'm at the "nothing seems to fit right" stage of life once again.

What a great idea for a sewalong.

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Date: 4/30/10 12:45 PM

I am in the same boat! Please join me!

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Date: 4/30/10 1:03 PM

I had never heard of this book...it looks great!

Unfortunately, I just spent the last of my budget on sale fabric, so I can't purchase it right now.

I'll definitely be following along as you progress though! Can't wait to see the results!

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Date: 4/30/10 1:36 PM

It is really well written, Bettimon. Hopefully you can join us soon!

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Date: 4/30/10 2:17 PM

I've been on the brink of getting that book before, so will be curious to see what comes from this. I have a Natalie Bray book and might try the sloper draft in that one sometime to see if it looks anything like what Wild Ginger generates.

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Date: 4/30/10 4:37 PM

Marilly, how about now for a sew along? I'll have to look up Natalie Bray- I hadn't heard of her. Would love to see results from someone else's formula.

Were you happy with your Wild Ginger sloper?

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Date: 4/30/10 11:17 PM

I got a copy of Natalie Bray's "Dress Pattern Designing" and there's the instructions for drafting a bodice sloper with the shoulder dart vs. a side bust dart. This book is British but I don't know if it reflects the draft method of European Cut or not.
By contrast, Wild Ginger's Pattermaster Boutique 4 sheath slopers have waist darts and side bust darts. I've been redoing my chart as a few measures have changed since last year and the sheath fit garment ( sloper) fit really well ( it looked good to me anyway). There is a bodice dress fitting garment too, but almost all the PMB garments draft based on the sheath style so I decided to just try it instead this time around.
The only great failing is the shape of the armscye. I don't think there's anything measure tweaking will do to change this, but there's other settings you can tweak to nudge it towards a more workable shape. I've since picked up a dressmakers curve and am learning to redraw them manually. The sleeves are rather good and reflect my forward shoulder alignment.
A Wild Ginger sheath sloper
This was the first go around and things I will change are a side seam shift to give more to the front at the hip and a little to the back at the underarm seam.
If I try the Natalie Bray draft I'll probably do it in the PMB CAD editor as it's just easier to me..although the armscye might best be done by hand..dunno yet. I also have a Jack Handford book with a waist dart only bodice draft, but for some reason the instructions make my eyes glaze over whereas Natalie's don't. Yes.. I am one of those math phobic people... ;)

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Date: 5/2/10 11:25 PM

Progress update: My husband and I measured me on Saturday. This took us about an hour and a half, which surprised me. But my husband has a careful eye and I am optimistic that it will turn out well. I drafted the back sloper today which was fun, but again took some time being my first draft. I can see how this would get pretty fast with practice. Hoping to get the front bodice and skirt done to try on tomorrow.

Anyone else joining in?

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Date: 5/3/10 4:30 PM

I'm not sure what European Cut means.

I know what a sloper is. Just wondering if you followed a book on what measurements to take?

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