Today I have several different slopers to show you (comparison of different techniques); some designed using flat pattern drafting and others with traditional draping.
As many of you may know, I recently bought the Craftsy class Fashion Draping Dress Making Basics taught by Paul Gallo (read the review). Since then I have been trying to learn how to make my own personalised sloper to more easily design clothes. This goal has been aided with the help of some online resources, such as Madalynne’s excellent pattern making tutorials.
Flat Pattern Drafting
With the help of Madalynne’s pattern drafting tutorials, I created a sloper based upon my own measurements:
This tutorial was really good, the only thing that would make it better is perhaps explaining why certain measurements are done on particular angles. This would only give a slightly greater understanding of drafting from patterns, so that it would be easier to repeat yourself without a tutorial. None-the-less, the tutorial was great, and very highly recommended for anyone wanting their own bodice sloper.
The problem that I met with the tutorial that made me choose a different path was the dart size and lack of a second dart at the shoulder. Since I am not skilled enough to accurately add a second dart into the pattern at the top of the bodice, I felt that this tutorial was not what I was primarily after.
I started following the Craftsy class tutorial Fashion Draping Dress Making Basics by Paul Gallo. Here are the bodice designs that I managed to make through the Craftsy class:
I created two front bodice variations, and one back bodice sloper. The front bodice is essentially the same for both, with the exception of the lower dart; either the dart is angled or straight, effecting the side seam. The measurements all total to the same, the only difference being where the material shapes against the body. Personally I prefer the curved dart, as it follows my under-bust to waist, before flaring out at my hip. In these slopers I have also added the smallest amount of fitting ease required, so that I don’t have to worry about adding the fitting ease later on.
These are the first pattern drafts that I have created from scratch, having previously only adjusting patterns to my size. After converting the draped patterns to paper I then into Adobe Illustrator and fine tuned measurements by rounding to 0.25 of an inch.
So what do you think? Have you made your own slopers? I would love to see any of your work.