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Below, you will find an overview of Made for Me custom slopers. To learn more about adding ease, seam allowance and manipulating darts, please read Getting Started.

Bodice Slopers

This section applies to the Waist-Length Bodice, Hip-Length Bodice, and Dress slopers.

FYIs for Fitting

These slopers rely primarily on the bust and waist (and hip) circumference measurements, with no ease.

The bust circumference is divided evenly between the front and back pieces. If you need to adjust this, you can cut the appropriate width out of the sloper and move it accordingly. Be sure to adjust the shoulder lines to match!

These slopers are symmetrical, so you can cut on the fold. If your bust circumference is not approximately symmetrical, you can create a more custom-fit by mirroring the sloper (e.g. reflect using Adobe Illustrator or Inkscape) and adjust accordingly.

Ease and Seam Allowance

Wearing ease is the minimum amount required to feel comfortable during regular activities such as breathing, walking and sitting. Suggested wearing ease is between 1 - 4 inches (or 2.5 - 10 centimeters) around the bust, waist and hip areas. Be sure to adjust this to what feels comfortable for you when breathing, walking, and sitting.

If you lower the armholes for wearing or design ease, remember to also adjust the sleeve cap accordingly.

Before adding seam allowance, please create your design and patter pieces, and consider seam lines and cutting layout. For example, you will not require seam allowance at Center Front or Center Back if you cut on the fold. Or you may wish to add additional seam allowance to accommodate closures like zippers.

Darts

The width of the bust dart at shoulder is calculated using the difference between the nape-to-waist (front) and nape-to-waist (back) measurements.

For the Hip-length Bodice and Dress slopers, darts extend to the hip measurement (unlike the Skirt sloper, where darts extend to approximately high hip).

To manipulate the darts, you can use the slash and spread or pivot methods described below. Common dart lines are illustrated on the diagram on the left.


Sleeve Sloper

FYIs for Fitting

The only sloper with wearing ease, the Sleeve Sloper has an added 1 inch (5cm) of ease at the wrist to allow it to be pulled on over the hand, and 8% of ease at the top of the sleeve cap for easing in.

The base length of the armscyce is automated calculated by using the length of the armscyce of your Bodice Sloper + the wearing ease described above.

To increase or decrease cap ease, you can slice horizontally across the cap and lift to spread (to increase) or overlap (to decrease).


Skirt Sloper

FYIs for Fitting

The Skirt Sloper relies on the waist and hip circumferences with no ease, and falls from the hip to knee-length.

Ease and Seam Allowance

Wearing ease is the minimum amount required to feel comfortable during regular activities such as breathing, walking and sitting. Suggested wearing ease is between 1 - 4 inches (or 2.5 - 10 centimeters) around the bust, waist and hip areas. Be sure to adjust this to what feels comfortable for you when breathing, walking, and sitting.

Before adding seam allowance, please create your design and pattern pieces, and consider seam lines and cutting layout. For example, you will not require seam allowance at Center Front or Center Back if you cut on the fold. Or you may wish to add additional seam allowance to accommodate closures like zippers.

Darts

Unlike the Hip-Length Bodice and Dress slopers, the Skirt Sloper's waist-to-hip darts end midway between the waist and hip measurements (approximately at the high-hip).

Make waistbands by cutting a rectangle of fabric that is the length of your waist measurement (+1 inch or 2.5cm for a button). Cut on the fold and add seam allowance.

Create different silhouettes by closing the darts to flare into a soft A-line shape, or tapering from hip to hem for a pencil skirt shape.

Darts may be manipulated by slashing and spreading to add fullness (for gathers or pleats). You may also transfer the width of the existing darts to other places on the waist line. By cutting from the dart point to the hem, you can also create sections to add gores to make mermaid styles.


Circle Skirt Slopers

FYIs for Fitting

Circle Skirt Slopers can make: Double, Full, Half and Quarter Circle Skirts. This refers to the fullness of the circle skirt, with a "double" being the most dramatic, and a "quarter" being the softest.

To make one skirt, you will need to cut and combine:

  • 8 slopers for a double circle skirt
  • 4 slopers for a full circle skirt
  • 2 slopers for a half skirt
  • 1 sloper for a quarter skirt
Circle Skirts contain no ease at the waist, so you may wish to add seam allowance to the waist line for waistbands or facing.

Seam Allowance and Layout

Circle Skirts contain no ease at the waist, so you may wish to add seam allowance to the waist for waistbands, facings, or attaching to bodices.

Please consider your seam lines / cutting layout before adding seam allowance to your circle skirts.

For example, a Full Circle Skirt would normally require 4 slopers. However, if you cut on the fold, you will only have 2 pattern pieces. If you do this, you should only add seam allowance to the side that is not on the fold (i.e. do not add to center front or center back, but only to the side seams).

Alternatively, if your fabric is wide enough, you could combine all 4 Circle Skirt pieces into a single piece!