Friday, May 6, 2011

Welcome & Introduction - CADTERNS 0108-1125

Welcome to TheSloperLady’s Blog

This blog starts with a collection of tips and techniques for making personal patterns from personal slopers. Most of these tips are general and can be used with any patternmaking program.

Perhaps we have met previously? TheSloperLady, CADTERNS’ in-house expert has spent summers visiting sewing discussion groups and discussing plain, ordinary slopers and exciting applications.

TheSloperLady’s main focus is, as always, the Recreational Fashion Designer. If you are a Recreational Fashion Designer, these pages are dedicated to you – whether you are a teacher, student, recreational home sewer or home-based business entrepreneur.
Thank you for your interest, I look forward to e'ing you around.

With best regards,
TheSloperLady, AKA Lauraline M. Grosenick

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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

What is a sloper?

Tuesday, August 31, 2010
What is a sloper?
A sloper is a basic apparel pattern without style lines or seam allowances which is used at the beginning or repeatedly throughout the evolution of a style. It could also be thought of as a combination of patternmaking blocks
Plain, basic slopers are most unappealing patterns. It's what you do with them that can take you to new heights of satisfaction. From solving fitting issues to styling your own patterns personal slopers can provide everything from problem-solving comfort to a wealth of satisfaction and pleasure.
Slopers available from pattern suppliers may not be called slopers. Other terms that you may find for slopers include standard pattern, basic pattern, block and master pattern. If you find them as patterns for plain dresses, that is OK, but for use as slopers, you would have to trim away the seam allowances.
Rather than starting with a sloper that you find in a standard, traditional sewing catalogue, it is worth your while to start with your personal one.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Sew - you want to be a designer?

Sew You Want to Be a Designer?
Designer - An artisan who combines elements of design following principles of design to create a personal interpretation of an object or a style.

By this definition, anyone who chooses patterns and fabric to cut and sew an attractive and functional garment is a designer. It doesn’t matter whether she or he works in the fashion industry or whether they sew for profit or pleasure.

If you are a recreational home sewer, then you no doubt are a recreational fashion designer. Most people who buy patterns styled by other people give the design credit to the others. When you purchase, cut and sew a “designer” pattern, what you are likely to get is that designer’s interpretation of the style with special attention to the cut of a garment which will affecr how it fits you. Unless you use the same fabric in the same colours, then you are the one who pulls it together - the designer.

Whether you sew for profit or for pleasure, you really should be altering patterns, not garments. Your best tool for this purpose is a good Fit-FIRST System of Personal Patternmaking.

That’s where patternmaking software comes in. Personal patternmaking software and fitting systems enable you to create personal basic patterns called fitters, or basics or slopers. You can use your personal slopers or fitters for styling new personal patterns and altering other patterns to fit. As soon as you fine-tune the fit of a personal sloper so that it looks good and feels comfortable, you can use it as your own personal fitting tool.