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Date: 6/25/13 3:40 PM

As I try to fit myself, I browsed sites with dress forms. On one review for a "uniquely you" review, I found this link on how to make a sloper for the form (and you). The author suggested that a sloper would be a great beginning sewing project.

I am dubious. You'd learn a lot about fit, for sure. But has anyone actually tried to do a very fitted sloper as a first or second or even fifth sewing project? How did it go?

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Date: 6/25/13 6:30 PM

Yeah.... I've got maybe 40 projects under my belt, and don't relish the idea of making a sloper. I'm on my phone, so haven't clicked the link, but it doesn't sound like a good beginner project unless maybe "beginner" to them means someone that's been sewing for 3 years compared to a couture expert with 30 years experience.
Fitting is something I am just beginning to tackle, and it can be quite frustrating. If I had tried to do a sloper as a total noob, I think I would have quit this hobby!

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Date: 6/25/13 8:05 PM

I'm glad I'm not the only one who was surprised, though I must admit that it entered my mind that--if I could make that perfect-fit sloper out of a heavy-duty material, I'd have EARNED myself a dress form.

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Date: 6/25/13 8:40 PM

It seems to me the site is selling its software. What I can recommend is buying a SureFit Dress kit to make your fitting shell (this comes with instructions for fitting accurately.). Then taking it apart and removing the ease as indicated in the kit. (you remove the ease by shaving off amounts from the side seams). Then stuff the whole thing (without arms), and put cardboard in the bottom so you can stand it up.

The link you posted, to me, seems tedious. Just getting the paper to line up(with as much paper as you use) will be a problem in and of itself.

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Date: 6/26/13 6:37 AM

There is a new craftsy class called fast tract fitting. You learn how to take measurements and then alter your pattern for your measurement. www.craftsy.com There is also a webinar tomorrow June 27th through burda on how to make a sloper. You could probably go to the burda website to find out more. Hope that helps

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Date: 6/26/13 6:44 AM

It seems like it would tough but if you were successful I imagine you'd be much more successful sooner in terms of items of clothing made that fit well...

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Date: 6/26/13 9:39 AM

Like Amberism, I'm *beginning* to really hone in on fit issues after sewing maybe 30 ish garments...a dozen which really get worn. Some have been tossed because I now realize they fit poorly and some because I chose poor materials...

I definitely don't think creating a sloper is a "beginner" project...but I guess it couldn't hurt to try if you're interested.

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Date: 6/26/13 9:43 AM

I don't think that I will, thank you. I'm learning quite a lot about fit just working on my current project. I think a skin-tight sloper would be the end of my sewing career.

I still think if I pulled it off all by myself, I'd deserve a nice expensive dress-form, though.

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Date: 6/27/13 5:18 PM

I'm with Nancy Zieman. You make the sloper and then what do you do with it? Change every pattern to look just like your sloper? I go for the concept of a few basic tried and and true perfectly fitted patterns, pants, a tee shirt, a princess seam jacket that you have worked out. With the basics down and available in a pattern that fits you can change them around to just about anything and that is the fun part.

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Date: 6/27/13 6:02 PM

Making a "sloper" or fitted block was one of the first things I did when I studied fashion and textiles at 14. If you have a good teacher it's kind of easy.

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