Basic Dress Sloper

This week we are looking at making a simple dress sloper, you will need your basic bodice sloper pattern, and your basic skirt sloper.

The joy of making your own slopers, is that from this point, creating patterns to fit perfectly and altering commercial patterns becomes so much easier. If you want to keep your slopers safe, transfer the pattern to manila card, that way you can keep it for years and use it over and over.

Basic Dress Sloper:

Front

1.Draw a straight line or use the edge of the paper.

2. Place the centre front of the skirt front panel on the straight line and trace the outline. Mark the inside dart point at waist A and outside waist point B.

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3. Place the centre front of the front bodice panel on the straight line matching the inside dart point at waist (C) to A leaving a 0.6mm gap.

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4. Connect point C to point D (bust point), point (Shoulder point of neck line) and neck line to centre front.

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5. Pivot the front bodice sloper pattern at point D so that the outside side seam meets with point B.

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6. From point D draw a line straight to the hem (parallel to centre front). Mark H 32cm on this line down from D.

  

 7. Combine the width of the skirt darts and mark half this either side of D-H line at waist. 

8. Draw in the waist dart D-H.

  
Back

1.Draw a straight line on your paper or use the straight edge.

2. Place the centre front skirt back panel along this line and draw around outline marking A at the inside dart point at the waist.

3. Place the bodice along the straight line and match point A to point B (inside dart point on bodice).

4. Draw outline of back bodice and connect darts. Draw a horizontal line 10cm up from the top of the dart and draw an additional dart to this line. This improves fit when making princess seams.

  

 

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