Comments on: What is a sloper? http://www.fashion-incubator.com/archive/what_is_a_sloper/ How to start a clothing line or run the one you have, better. Fri, 21 Nov 2014 14:06:51 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.1 By: On reviewing pattern bookshttp://www.fashion-incubator.com/archive/what_is_a_sloper/comment-page-1/#comment-98083 Tue, 18 Dec 2012 21:39:21 +0000 http://www.fashion-incubator.com/2006/11/what_is_a_sloper/#comment-98083 […] without seam allowance). We don’t make patterns like this in real life (we do it like this). Nobody uses slopers, we use blocks (enthusiasts have co-opted the term to mean a basic fitting shell). It’s hard […]

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By: Jeans! (part 2) | Silk and Squalorhttp://www.fashion-incubator.com/archive/what_is_a_sloper/comment-page-1/#comment-77961 Sun, 05 Aug 2012 22:45:29 +0000 http://www.fashion-incubator.com/2006/11/what_is_a_sloper/#comment-77961 […] Pattern-makers typically start with slopers, right? (Or maybe not. Maybe they don’t even use that word. What do I know?) Either way, maybe I didn’t need to re-invent the wheel. Or the […]

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By: Tracey Valliere-Evanshttp://www.fashion-incubator.com/archive/what_is_a_sloper/comment-page-1/#comment-5182 Tue, 21 Nov 2006 14:29:17 +0000 http://www.fashion-incubator.com/2006/11/what_is_a_sloper/#comment-5182 We have just been talking about blocks & slopers in our Studio in Wales UK, & wondered if the terminology is somewhat different over there than here?
Thanks!

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By: Judyhttp://www.fashion-incubator.com/archive/what_is_a_sloper/comment-page-1/#comment-5181 Tue, 21 Nov 2006 01:21:13 +0000 http://www.fashion-incubator.com/2006/11/what_is_a_sloper/#comment-5181 Kathleen, I enjoyed todays read and the links to prior posts about slopers/pattern books etc. – I was out hiking the Appalachian trail when those posts were written.

I teach a (home sewing) class where the students make their own personal fitting shell (I call it a sloper) and then I teach them how to use it to evaluate and adjust commercial patterns. It lets them see how their waist length differs, where their bust point is and to rotate the darts to their bust point, adjust the shoulder slope etc. This corrects all the major glaring problems with the commercial patterns (which are horribly drafted, there are so many mistakes in them when you stop to check them its amazing!). I let the students know there will still be some minor fitting to be done.

I use the draft from Harriet Pepins’ “Modern Pattern Design” from 1942. The book can be found in its entirety at http://www.vintagesewing.info. but I teach them to measure based on the instructions in the book “European Cut” – building the bridge between the breast and measuring over that.

So this is one use for the ‘personal fitting shell’ My students are amazed at how different their bodies are from the patterns.
Judy

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