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.