Welcome to March!
This is going to be a great month, I can feel it! I plan to pick up my sewing pace, and try a few new things. The first of which, is to sew a sloper. Yes, a sloper. I have been studying a lot of my fit books, and reading about the usefulness of a sloper, and I am convinced to give one a try. I figure if there is anything that can decrease my chances of having to sew multiple muslins in the future, I would give it a chance.
What is a sloper? "A basic pattern developed on paper by drafting or in cloth by draping, but with seam allowances omitted, used as a tool to create other patterns." (dictionary.com)
Here are my reasons for wanting to sew one:
1. For use as a fit guide to patterns I sew
2. As a foundation for eventually drafting my own patterns
3. To get a better understanding of my fit issues/and figure out how to troubleshoot them
Last Friday I took advantage of the sale going on at Hancock Fabrics, and picked up Vogue 1004, a pattern block specifically for slopers.
I originally wanted to get Mccalls 2718 by Palmer/Pletsch (on sale 5 for $7), but the store I was at did not carry it. I almost leaped for joy to find the Vogue pattern because you have to purchase only one size. I got size 12 since my bust measurement put me closer to this size.
When I opened the envelope I was surprised to see the amount of detailing in the pattern envelope! It looks very thorough, and takes you through the process step by step, from building a profile of your body via your measurements, understanding wearing ease vs. design ease, constructing the shell, and altering it. I'll also use a lot of the instruction from my Craftsy "Sew the Perfect fit" class to aid with the alterations/fit.
For some reason, I don't see slopers mentioned much in the sewing community. I know there are local classes I can take to develop a bodice or skirt sloper, but I have never heard of anyone who has found them invaluable. If you use/have used/tried to make a sloper, please let me know, and share your experience with me. The possibilities from having a sloper intrigue me, yet I wonder how practical it will be in the end.
For my next project, I will be sewing Burda 6910, View A (though I also love View B):
Even though this shirt looks "easy as pie," (or SUPER EASY, as it states) I am not going to take a chance. I will make a muslin just to be 100% sure I will like the end result. I am also going with short sleeves because the weather has started to show glimmers of sunshine and warmth.