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Creating a Sloper and then Using it
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Jatman
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Date: 4/10/12 7:47 AM

I started taking a pattern making class at a local fabric store and it started out great but after four classes I was ready to stop going. We were to complete the class with a sloper but the teacher had us measure eachother instead of her measuring us. I have a sloper (technically it's a fitting shell from a Butterick pattern) but it doesn't fit. There were only 9 people in the class. I have no idea why the instructor couldn't measure us herself. Whatever. I'm incredibly frustrated right now.

My question is whether or not there is a book out there that can walk you through creating a sloper and then teach you how to actually use it. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Thank you.
JT
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Date: 4/10/12 8:49 AM

If you look these YouTube videos, the woman who posted them shows in some of them how she uses her sloper to adjust vintage patterns for herself. Maybe you'll find something of use to you.

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Date: 4/10/12 9:01 AM

Metric Pattern Cutting. She also has a men's book. Or you could use Connie Crawford or Helen Joseph Armstrong.
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Date: 4/10/12 9:33 AM

I've gotten a couple of private messages about this - one I could reply to the other I can't. Sorry about that. I stopped sewing about a year ago and let my PR membership lapse because I didn't have time. I thought I could reply to messages sent to me but one of the messages just won't let me.

Thank you for your suggestions so far.

JT
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Date: 4/10/12 12:25 PM

I'm not showing any recent message activity so perhaps it was my pm you can't reply to. You can reach me directly at [email protected] if you wish to reply.

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Date: 4/10/12 6:39 PM

Yes "Metric pattern cutting" gives instructions on how to draft a standard block. I have just started adjusting standard block on my blog, maybe you'll find it useful

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Date: 4/11/12 10:34 AM

Try Sure Fit designs. Glenda has a system (for sale) where you make your slopers from her system then she teaches you how to design from there. If you send her photos of your progress she will respond usually within two hours. You can google her on you tube or go to her website for information before buying. http://www.surefitdesigns.com
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Date: 4/11/12 12:19 PM

I want to second neon8tl's endorsement of the Sure Fit Design system for creating a sloper that fits. I've just finished Glenda's dress bodice sloper and am very pleased with the fit. My fitting issues are a narrow upper chest with a full bust, short waisted, and too much fluff in the mid-section.

Check out her videos on YouTube to get an idea of how the system works. You will still need to get accurate measurements, and follow her instructions for measuring (they're a bit different than what you might expect). She shows you how to use your sloper to either modify commercial patterns or design your own. She is very responsive and helpful.

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Date: 4/11/12 6:30 PM

I took a Moulage class with Kenneth King. We were only about 10 people as well and we measured each other. However, Kenneth checked our measurements. We drafted the sloper/moulage and then we made a muslin with a separating zipper in the back, We carefully marked the muslins and brought them back to class. He adjusted each one to fit us, and there were some adjustments to make on all of us. Not major, except for one woman whose measurements were off. We then adjusted the moulage for a blouse/dress fit and for a jacket. He did not go over how to use it to adjust commercial patterns, but he recommended Lynda Maynard's fitting book. Both his moulage draft and Maynard's book are available here on PR. I have not found it that easy to use for adjusting patterns. I did find it useful for putting on my dress form and adjusting that fit so that it is easier to fit patterns by draping.
We drafted from scratch from our measurements according to KK's method. You can do it on your own, but you still need someone to measure you and to help adjust it after.

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Date: 4/15/12 3:11 PM

A big thank you to everyone that has replied. I will look into all of the suggestions. Thank you again!

JT
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