In this lesson I will cover what supplies and tools you will need to draft the pattern. I will not include the supplies and notions needed to cut and sew the pattern.
I discuss how slopers can vary depending upon the way they were originally drafted; such as the number of fitting darts included. If you don’t have a sloper I mention some tried-and-true resources that are great for helping you learn how to draft this prerequisite item.
- Sloper with minimum ease built-in;
- Sticky tape or glue;
- Ruler and tape measure; and a
- Needle point tracing wheel.
Don’t have a sloper to use?
Not to worry, here are several different options for you to follow along:
- The Craftsy class Patternmaking Basics: The Bodice Sloper taught by Suzy Furrer will lead you through all the steps of creating a perfect fitting moulage and sloper to your measurements. This class is more in-depth and will take longer, but will get you better fitting results.
- The Craftsy class One Pattern, Many Looks: Blouses taught by Sarah Holden will teach you how to manipulate a pre-existing pattern. This class won’t teach you any fitting, but will teach you how to convert a good fitting garment for drafting use.
- You can also use one of our slopers from our store. Hopefully coming soon!
Throughout the course I will be using a thick pen to make any lines – this will hopefully make it easier to see them in the photos. For accuracy it is best if you use a thin pen, or even better pencil. When I drafted I kept making silly mistakes, and it’s really nice to be able to erase mistakes and start again.
The sloper that I used in this course uses four shaping darts; shoulder, armhole, side and waist. It is entirely possible to do this course with one or two darts in your sloper. I have tried to include instructions on what steps will need to be done differently, when needed.
It is entirely possible to do this course at a different scale just to follow along and practice your skills, assuming you aren’t planning to sew it up afterwards. In that case, when printing just set the printer to the correct scale. This varies printer to printer, so it’s a good idea to make some 1″ squares in a photo editing program and then do a few test prints (remember to make a note of what scale you end up using)!
For example when I print patterns at 1/2 scale, I set my printer to two pages per sheet at 79%.
Finally, if you have the skill, you can of course follow along with this course using pattern drafting software on the computer. I loved Lauren Dahl’s course Pattern Workshop on how to use Adobe Illustrator to make and alter sewing patterns.
If you have any questions or feedback, please leave a comment at the bottom of the lesson.