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Craftsy Class – Pattern Making for Knits the essential sloper

At the end of May Craftsy seemed to be desperate for me to spend my money with them, they sent me a ‘buy one class for £14.99’ so I obliged by picking this class.

It is a very well taught class by Judy Jackson, I wouldn’t have said that the blurb gives you a complete idea of the course, the first thing that you don’t realise is that Judy assumes that you have a body double, and brushes very briefly on what to do if you don’t have one, where as any other sloper course I have taken relies on measurements and drafting onto paper, this one is more of a draping class than a sloper course.

The course starts off by describing different types of stretch fabric and how to tell how much stretch it has. You cut two pieces of fabric and and pin one to your dress form, then working on one side of the dress form you pull the fabric tight across the shoulder  and under the arm. After getting this to a state you are happy with you then mark it un pin it and duplicate to the other  half.

Once you have the front peice you copy that to the back peice, apparently the front and back should be close to the same size. You pin these together on your dress from and take some more markings duplicate it on the other side of the back peice.  Once you have your front and back pattern peice you stitch them together and try them on your dummy and see if there are any other tweaks needed.

Once you have your pattern this is when the class comes into it’s own, it shows you how to take your sloper and create tops and dresses, the class also shows you how to take a woven pattern and turn it into a pattern for stretch fabric. At the moment I do only have one photo


Here you can see the shapeing for the front, the resulting sloper needed a lot of pulling in for the waist.

It has given me lots of ideas for future projects and I can’t wait to actually get home start trying it out.

Overall for £14.99 the class was brilliant and I hope to get a lot of use out of it.

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